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Online Safety

Children at Easterside Academy use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular ‘online safety’ activities and reminders to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.

At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.

Top Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe Online

  • Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
  • Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
  • Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
  • Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
  • Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.
  • Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly.
  • Help you child to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends—personal information includes their messanger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family and friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone could be looking at their images!
  • If you child receives spam/junk email and texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain—it could be a virus or worse—an inappropriate image or film.
  • Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
  • Teach your child how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.

Here are some Online Safety posters. Why not put one up next to the computer at home and talk about it with your children?

Online Safety Poster for 4 – 7 year olds  Click
Online Safety Poster for 7 – 11 year olds  Click

Further information and resources for parents and children:

Advice for Parents on Cyber-Bullying Click
 Advice on Child Internet Safety Click
 Digiduck – Esafety Ebook for KS1 children  Click
 Top Tips for Keeping your Child Safe Online at Christmas  http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/target-hardening-of-devices
Protect your child from online abuse www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
Childnet International http://www.childnet.com/young-people
 Online Safety Advice for Parents https://www.internetmatters.org/
 Online Safety Advice for Parents and Children http://www.childnet.com/
 Reporting Online Material Promoting Terrorism https://www.gov.uk/report-terrorism
Reporting Online Extremism http://seeitreportit.org/

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