We believe that the use of the web is an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world and only provide access to the internet in teacher supervised lessons.
However, because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. At the start of the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. These rules are also kept in the classrooms where the children can access them.
You may find the following websites useful in regards to keeping children safe online. You can also access our E-Safety policy in the resources section below. Please click on the icon to go the relevant website.
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.
The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre. It provides resources and information for Parents/Carers. It also has a number of videos for children to watch to help with issues such as cyberbullying and talking to strangers online.
Childnet International has a range of resources available to parents regarding online safety. It has up-to-date guides and an online chat forum if you need to speak to an expert.
NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to help parents keep children safe when they are using the internet, social networks, apps and games.
Childline have created a new webpage called ‘Calm Zone’. It gives strategies and activities to help children when they are feeling worried or anxious.
Additional Info / resources
Some children in our school may play on Roblox and it is a way for children to enjoy playing games as well as creating their own. However, despite Roblox having a PEGI rating of 7 (children 7 and above can play the game safely), this rating does not apply to the games that have been created by users and therefore our pupils can come across games rated PEGI 18 which involve horror related themes. It is also important to note that parental controls do not stop children from playing these games and they are also able to be contacted by other online players. You can create a parent account linked to your child’s so that you can monitor their game play. We also recommend having open conversations with your child about their online game play. Further information about Roblox can be found at this link – https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/esafety-news/parents-guide-to-roblox-and-how-your-kids-can-play-it-safely/
Some children may be accessing YouTube at home. Access to inappropriate videos on YouTube may still be an issue when using the YouTube Kids app. BT have put together an information page detailing how you can limit this – https://home.bt.com/tech-gadgets/internet/how-to-keep-your-kids-safe-on-youtube-internet-matters-11364240897926