All of our children are spending more time online then ever before. It is important that as educators, parents and children we are aware of online dangers and how to use the internet safely.
Advice for parents:
The best way to ensure your children are using the internet correctly is to monitor their usage. This can be especially difficult if your child has internet connection and devices in their bedrooms. Best practice is to always have children that are using the internet in the same room as you. We do appreciate that this can be tricky, especially if you have children of different ages trying to work and are working from home yourselves. Younger children should always be supervised when using the internet. For older age children you may trust that them to use the internet when you are not there. In these instances you could consider:
2) Creating an online family agreement. An example template can be found here www.childnet.com/ufiles/Family-Agreement.pdf
3) Set up or review your parental controls and internet filters
Parental controls are designed to help protect children from inappropriate content online. These controls can be used in a number of ways, e.g. to help ensure that your children access only age-appropriate content; to set usage times; and to monitor activity. For more information on how to set parental controls visit www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics/parental-controls
4) Educate yourself and your child about the dangers of the internet
You should educate yourself so that you are become comfortable enough with the internet to communicate the dangers and risks of being online with your children. Teach your children about potential dangers of the internet. Talk openly and honestly about what they are doing online, what your concerns are.
Some of the dangers include:
- cyberbullying from people your child knows or someone outside their friendship group
- befriending and messaging from people who aren't who they say they are and may pose a risk
- posting private information which could be used for fraud or to target your child for scams
- falling for scams which trick the user into revealing information or paying money
- fake news which can lead to confusion or additional worry
- accidentally downloading malware or viruses
- posting something which may cause upset or may affect children later in life
5) Complete a digital MOT
Advice for children:
There are many online safety videos that you can watch to help you use the internet safely. You can find some excellent ones here: Online Safety Video for Kids
Fun online safety games:
Interland: Interland is a wonderful, fun game that is part of Google's Be Internet Awesome Program, which has lots of great resources for parents and teachers to educate children about internet safety.
More online safety information for children and parents can be found:
Internet matters – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
London Grid for Learning – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
Thinkuknow – for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
UK Safer Internet Centre – advice for parents and carers
E Safety Training Ltd
This link contains YouTube clips created by Traci Good, Director of E Safety Training Limited, who works closely with Derbyshire County Council to provide e-safety training to schools.
The clips will cover issues such as parental controls (and how to set them), which apps have seen a surge in popularity since the pandemic, and age-specific information aimed at 0-5s, 6 – 11s and over 11s.
What should my child know about the internet and keeping themselves safe?
The following guidance has been produced by Derbyshire County Council:
Online safety for primary aged children
Does your child know how to keep themselves safe online?
Talk to your child about the things they should know, depending on their age.
- know to ask an adult when wanting to use a computer and especially the internet
- be kind to friends and share
- be careful with technology and devices
- talk about how much time should be spent using computer, tablet or game devices
Age 5 to 7
- use a password and keep it private
- know what information they should keep private
- know to tell an adult when something unexpected or worrying takes place
- talk about why it is important to be kind and polite
- agree and follow basic online safety rules
- know that not everyone is who they say they are on the internet
Age 7 to 9
- choose a secure password and an appropriate screen name when online
- talk about the ways they can protect themselves online
- understand how to use reporting and safety buttons on websites or apps as well as reporting to an adult
- know that anything shared online can be seen by others
- make good choices about the websites and apps used, ensuring they are age appropriate
- talk about why spending too much time online is not a good idea
Age 9 to 11
- know that anything shared online can be seen and may upset others and understand the consequences of being unkind
- explain the consequences of sharing too much information online
- make good choices about the time spent online
- know how to protect themselves and their devices from harm on the Internet
- support friends to protect themselves and report concerns to a trusted adult
- talk about why downloading files and games from the Internet can be risky and lead to viruses and malware
Parent Advice given out at the online safety eventFrom here you can print off your own information. If anyone would like a paper copy of these leaflets given out at the Online Safety Event please ask Mrs Wyer or your child's class teacher. Thank you
- Internet Safety Day Feb 6th 2024
- Internet Safety Day Feb 6th 2024 Resources for Primary School Children
InterlandInterland is a game for KS2 pupils to help them understand some of the dangers faced online in a fun and interactive way.
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