Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others.
Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:
Tips for staying safe online:
· Make sure you keep new online friends strictly online. If someone you don't know asks to be your online friend you must ensure an adult knows about it.
· Know how to use the CEOP Button and how to report it to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards you.
Feedback to parents following recent esafety surveys
Internet safety for parents
Internet safety evening for parents
On Wednesday 27th June we held an information evening regarding internet safety. We were joined at this by Jon Wallis, our safe-guarding governor and DCI Reakes-Williams from West Mercia Police. The aim of the evening was to raise awareness regarding use of the internet by children, with a particular focus on social media. It was accepted at the meeting that the internet is a positive tool for children if used sensibly and monitored carefully by adults. It was an extremely informative and thought-provoking evening covering a wide range of topics. Here are some of the key issues discussed:
- Social media is being accessed by many children at our school. Apps such as Instagram, Snapchat and Musically are popular and used by children as young as year 4. We have had incidents reported to us of children being ‘friended’ by people they don’t know.
- There are a number of apps out there which actively encourage communication between random people. Some of these contain live video streaming.
- Online gaming is a concern. Fortnite is currently extremely popular and the multi-player aspect of this game has resulted in children communicating with people they do not know. Parents expressed deep concerns about the addictive nature of Fortnite. Parents felt isolated in restricting access to the game with children saying that everyone else was allowed to play it. Discussions with pupils in the school have revealed that children in Reception are playing this game. The recommended age for this game is 12.
- Access to the internet is possible through a range of mobile devices and games consoles, making the monitoring of use increasingly difficult.
- One parent said that there are apps available to parents, through which they can gain control of their children’s online activities. They allow parents to approve any apps before they can be downloaded.
- Staff reported that we do have incidents of on line bullying and issues of safety reported to us by parents. We will also be undertaking further E-safety training with the children next year.
- Children need to be conscious of their ‘digital footprint’. Anything they put online will be there forever and may found by future employers.
- DCI Reakes-Williams said that it was parents’/ carers’ responsibility to know what their children are doing online and that they need to be ‘actively intrusive’ in order to do so. He was direct in his voicing of concerns and just how vulnerable our children can make themselves on line. The DCI stated very clearly that, because of the nature of our monitoring software and internet procedures in school, children are “safe”; he told the meeting that children are vulnerable when they leave school at the end of the day.
We do appreciate that some parents felt the issue of internet safety was not particularly relevant to their children who are still in KS1. However, as DCI Reakes-Williams pointed out, it is never too early to begin considering and discussing these issues. The meeting was hard-hitting and provided food for thought. We take the safety of our children extremely seriously and would encourage you to communicate with us and other parents if you have any concerns in this area.
We will hold further such information evenings and hope to see more of you at them.