Have you ever been shocked by the speed at which young children pick up the features of new technology and are able to use it?
Do you wonder what you might be able to do to ensure that you know and understand all about the latest apps, jargon and ways to access the internet?
At Kingsway Primary School, Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe and is always high on the agenda. We promote the use of technology to enhance learning and thinking whilst ensuring all pupils have the knowledge and understanding of how to stay safe and behave appropriately online through our Online Safety curriculum. All adults in school ensure that pupils are confident in knowing how to report any issues or worries they have regarding online safety and that they will be dealt with appropriately.
Children learn programming and how digital systems work (computer science), how to create programs and content (information technology) and to use a range of applications and software (digital literacy). Online safety is also a key part of the curriculum which is taught termly in every year group following the school scheme. Computing skills are taught discretely as well as being embedded through other areas of the curriculum.
Advice and Guidance for Parents and Children
When using any computer, tablet, or smartphone remember SMART;
SAFE:Don’t give out your own information
MEET:Only meet people you have met online with your parents
ACCEPTING:Only open emails & texts from people you trust
RELIABLE:Some people online tell lies, only talk to real world friends and family
TELL:Tell a parent or adult you trust if something you see online makes you feel uncomfortable
If you are worried about anything your child has seen on the internet you can report it to the police by clicking on this button:
Other helpful websites
Have you been wondering whether it is OK to allow your child to play games with high age ratings? It can be difficult to keep children away from violent, inappropriate games, but there are alternatives to violent games to keep them entertained. Non-violent suggestions for games can be found here.
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on Facebook settings, Xbox 360 settings, Blackberry settings, jargon busting and many more ‘How to Guides’. They are well worth a read and can be downloaded.
Thinkuknow from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre.
KidSMART Staying safe online
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content.
We hope you find this page useful. If you require further advice or information please contact Mrs Smith or Mr Cox on 01452 881800 or make an appointment to come in and speak with them.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the online Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.