Online Safety

The internet is an integral part of our children’s lives, and provides wonderful opportunities for our children to learn, to communicate, and to socialise. However, these opportunities can also present their own unique dangers, particularly to children.

At South Hiendley Primary School, we believe that online safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of children’s development, both within the school environment and at home.  As a school, we take our commitment to the e-Safeguarding of our pupils seriously and hope to be able to work in partnership with you as parents, to ensure our children are able to enjoy all the internet has to offer, safely and responsibly.

PREVENT

Please see our PREVENT strategy document and the links below for help with online-safety.

NSPCC has teamed up with O2 to help you keep children safe when they’re using the internet, social networks, apps, games and beyond.
Online safety | NSPCC

How to start the conversation with your child about staying safe online, and what to do if you’re worried about online safety.
Talking to your child about staying safe online | NSPCC

Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of you or someone else.
Staying Safe Online | Safety Net Kids

Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology, like the internet or a mobile phone, to deliberately hurt, humiliate, harass, intimidate or threaten someone else.
Online Safety | Safety Net Kids

Early use of digital technology (age 6 to 10) has been shown to improve language skills and promote children’s social development and creativity.
E-safety advice for 6-10 year olds | Internet Matters

It is important as a parent/carer that you support your child in the online world. This can be difficult with the rapid development of technology and the emergence of new Apps. Below are some key ways in which you can help your child on the internet:

Apps

The most popular way for a child or young person to access different games or social network sites is via an App on their mobile device or games console. As a parent, you need to know what types of Apps they are downloading and whether they are suitable for them. A useful site is Common Sense Media.

Privacy Settings

On some Apps, you can set up privacy settings to ensure that your child is only sharing personal information with people that you trust. For further information on how to do this with some of the most popular Apps, visit ThinkUKnow – How To Guide.

Parental Controls

Many electronic devices come with built in controls or parental settings. However, they are not default settings and you have to go online, in order to find out how you can restrict specific aspects of the device e.g. location settings. A useful site to help you do this is Internet Matters.

Image Control

Many children use Apps such as Snapchat and Instagram to share pictures and videos. It is important they understand that sharing ‘selfies’ and pictures can provide further details of their private life e.g. which location they are taking images. In addition, children need to know that taking inappropriate or ‘dare share’ images and sharing them on the internet can be dangerous.

Live Video

Over the past twelve months, live video Apps have become very popular. Facebook Live, Live.ly and ooVoo are ways in which children can watch live streams (this is a bit like watching someone’s own TV channel) or talking to several people via a ‘video chat’ facility. We must ensure that our children don’t accept or connect with random people on these sites, as there have been a number of incidents which have led to children viewing some very unpleasant videos.

The most important aspect of keeping your child safe in the online world is to talk to them and letting them know that if anything happens that upsets or worries them, then they can speak to you.

Please see the links below for information and support around Tik Tok.

Parent Info – TikTok – What Parents Need to Know

Net Aware – TikTok

There is a lot of attention at the moment on the Fornite game, please see the link below for more information.

Resources

General Safety

Please see our safeguarding policy under the ‘Policies’ section of the website. Please see below a list of websites and helplines to support you and your family.