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e-Safety 

The internet opens up a world of entertainment, information, opportunity and knowledge. The internet is here to stay and we embrace it as a learning platform. 

In school we have filters and control over the different devices we use; however we know that instead of restricting pupil use, it is better to educate children on how to safely use the internet and what to do if they run into problems.

 

The school follows the government code:

‘Zip it, Block it, Flag it’ 

More information can be found at: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/click-clever-click-safe-help-your-child-enjoy-the-internet-safely

Extracts are summarised below:

The code has three simple actions:

  • Zip it - keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do online
  • Block it - block people who send you nasty messages and don’t open unknown links and attachments
  • Flag it - flag up with someone you trust if anything upsets you or if someone asks to meet you offline

Zip it

Make sure your child knows to always keep private information safe and watch what they say on the internet. People may not be who they say they are online, and it’s not always possible to control who can see your child’s information.

Your child should know not to give out information like:

  • their full name
  • photos
  • postal or email addresses
  • school information
  • mobile or home telephone numbers
  • details of places they like to spend time

Make sure your child knows that they shouldn’t arrange to meet people that they have only met online. Even if they have been chatting with someone for a while, that person is still a stranger.

You can help keep your child’s information safe by setting privacy settings. This can restrict access to personal information and photos on things like social networking sites.

You should also encourage your child to use a nickname instead of their real name in chat rooms or on instant messaging services. To stop people accessing your child’s online accounts, encourage them to keep their passwords secret, and to change them regularly.

Block it

Get your child to block people who send offensive messages and tell them not to open unknown links and attachments. They should delete any suspicious emails or attachments as they may contain something offensive or have a virus that can cause damage to the computer.

One of the main ways children can come across inappropriate content online is through search results. Most search engines include a ‘safe search’ option that excludes results containing inappropriate images or key words.

You can also install parental control software to filter out harmful and inappropriate content for computers and some mobile phones and games consoles.

 

Flag it

Your child should come to you or a trusted adult if they are worried or unhappy about anything they see online. They should also do this if a friend they have made online has asked to meet them in the offline world.

 

We tell children if they see anything they don't like they should shut down the page and tell an adult. It is important that they feel they can tell an adult without getting in trouble or 'banned' from going online!

 

In school we start e-safety from Reception and every term there is a whole school focused Assembly looking at at staying safe on the internet. In classes pupils have age specific lessons where they explore e-saftey. We also hold parent e-saftey workshops in school, this has been partly funded by the Awards4All Big Lottery Funding Program.   

Guidance For Parents

Below is guidance for parents about common apps or website which could pose a risk. This guidance has been issued by Lincolnshire County Councils Safeguarding Board. 

File icon: pdf what-is-roblox [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf what-is-musically [pdf 590KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf what-is-snapchat [pdf 431KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf what-is-yellow [pdf 621KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf what-is-instagram [pdf 717KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf What-is-Snap-Map [pdf 472KB] Click to download

Excellent Informative Videos

One of our partner schools is Ermine Academy, they have produced some fantastic videos that explain how you can talk to your child about safely using the internet and different Apps.

We strongly recommend looking at their Youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLERnkZv1LIYZa7ZR1xROHvHhlOo_jgAGu 

Useful Websites

We recommend all parents and careers to familiarise themselves with the following sites:

Thinkuknow- aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

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CEOP- works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

 

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NSPCC- Keeping Kids Safe online

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Grant_shareaware2014&utm_term=nspcc_share_aware&gclid=COiO0Iqtu8oCFQs8GwodLw4AXQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

 

Specific NSPCC link about Pokemon Go: 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/pokemon-go-parents-guide

 

More useful information can be found at http://parentinfo.org  They regularly update articles on many different matters of e-safty. Please click the link below for direct access: 

Parent Info Articles