At St Mary’s online safety training is taught in Computing lessons and is then reinforced and embedded where appropriate across the curriculum.
Each year, we mark Safer Internet Day with assemblies, extra lessons in class and information is sent home to parents.
We also regularly access clips and information about online safety from the NSPCC website.
We are always looking for ways to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of online safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
As a parent you’ll know how important the internet is to children – they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It’s a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online – such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
It is important that you take time to engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas:
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we’ve suggested a few internet sites on the right of this page which are fantastic resources, They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.
Childnet also produce a leaflet for parents which you can download here. – I have attached this as the first document to this email.
Here are quick links to a range of Internet safety sites that you may also find useful too.
At the start of the school year, the first unit for all children is e-safety; each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. This is revisited throughout the year. We also ask every child from Year 2 upwards to sign an Acceptable Use Agreement so that we know they have read and understood our school’s rules on staying safe. This agreement is part of our Online Safety Policy which you can download below: