Online Safety

Being online is an integral part of children and young people’s lives. Social media, online games, websites and apps can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets – all of which form a part of children and young people’s online world.

The internet and online technology provides new opportunities for young people’s learning and growth, but it can also expose them to new types of risks.

E-safety should form a fundamental part of schools’ and colleges’ safeguarding and child protection measures.

Government guidance across the UK highlights the importance of safeguarding children and young people from harmful and inappropriate online material (Department for Education, 2021a; Department of Education, 2020; Scottish Government, 2017; Welsh Government, 2021).

A whole school approach to online safety helps ensure staff, governors, volunteers and parents teach children about online safety.

We do lot’s of work within school around on how to keep children safe while using computers and in particular, the internet.

Within our overviews in computing for each year group, we cover different E-Safety topics. These can be seen in our E-Safety Maps for each year group below.

STAYING SAFE ONLINE

We can make sure that we keep safe online by following some simple steps.

  1. Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
  2. Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself.  Once you’ve put  a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
  3. Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
  4. Never give out your passwords.
  5. Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
  6. Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online.  Speak to your parent, carer or trusted adult about people suggesting you do.
  7. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
  8. Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
  9. Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
  10. If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.

Useful Websites to help support you and your child/children online:

Online Safety for Children – Tips & Guides | NSPCC

The above link is particularly useful if you are worried about any online issues for your child.

Net Aware: Your guide to social networks, apps and games (net-aware.org.uk)

This website keeps you up to date with any recent apps/websites/trends that are happening. You can sign up so that you can keep yourself updated.