Internet Safety is something that all of our pupils are taught as part of the computing curriculum, but as we know that pupils spent time outside of school on the internet, it is important that parents know about the potential risks to pupils if they have unregulated access to the internet.
Put yourself in control
Make use of the parental controls on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. You can find out how at your broadband providers website or by visiting internetmatters.org.
Use safe search engines such as swiggle.org or kids-search.com. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube. You can find out more at google.co.uk/safetycentre.
Be clear what your child can and can’t do online where they can use the internet, how much time they can spend online, the sites they can visit and the type of information they can share. Agree with your child when they can have a mobile phone or tablet.
The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about it. Put the family computer in a communal area so you can see what sites they’re visiting and share with them.
Check if it’s suitable
The age ratings that come with games, apps, films and social networks are a good guide to whether they’re suitable for your child.
The minimum age limit is 13 for several social networking sites, including Facebook and Instagram.
Checklist – E-safety tips for Parents of Primary School Children
Know this stuff matters, but don’t know where to turn?
Internet Matters is a free online resource for every parent in the UK. Well show you the best ways to protect your children online with information, advice and support on all the big e-safety issues.
Deal with it:
You can find out where to get help and advice on the Take Action page of internetmatters.org, where we include information on how to report problems and which relevant organisations and agencies to turn to.
On this page, we also provide information on how to deal with any specific issues you may encounter with your child; such as finding inappropriate content and cyberbullying.
As a school we subscribe to www.brainpop.co.uk, a wonderful resource that has a range of information about a huge number of topics. All pupils have access to this resource, inside and outside of school. Within the site there are a range of short films, games and activities about staying safe on the internet.
Listen to the E-Safety Song (Video will popup in a new window)
You can view a PowerPoint aimed at parents/carers and guardians.