The internet provides a fantastic resource and communication tool for adults and children alike.
It’s our responsibility as teachers and parents to help them learn to use the internet in a safe way.
PUPIL GUIDELINES FOR SAFE INTERNET /EMAIL USE
- I will only use the Internet when there is a teacher present.
- I will always ask for permission before accessing the Internet/Email.
- I will only use my own usernames and passwords to log on to the system/ email and keep them secret.
- I will not access other people’s files.
- I will only email people I know, or my teacher has approved; and ensure that the messages that I send will be polite and responsible.
- I understand that the use of strong language, swearing or aggressive behaviour is not allowed when using the Email etc.
I will not give personal details (like my home address, telephone or mobile number), or the personal details of any other person to anyone, or arrange to meet someone unless my parent/carer or teacher has given me permission.
- I will only view, download, store or upload material that is suitable and age appropriate for other users. If I am not sure about this, or come across any potentially offensive materials, I will use the ‘Hector Protector’ button and inform my class teacher straight away.
- I will avoid any acts of vandalism. This includes, but is not limited to, uploading or creating computer viruses and mischievously deleting or altering data from its place of storage.
- Always quote the source of any information gained from the Internet i.e. the web address, in the documents you produce.
- Use the Internet for research and school purposes only.
- I will not bring in memory sticks or CD Roms from home to use in school unless I have been given permission by my class teacher.
- I understand that the school may check my computer files/Emails and may monitor the Internet sites that I visit.
- I understand that if I don’t follow these rules, my access to the school computer system/Internet /Email may be suspended, and my parents/carers will be informed
In school we use a great website called Hector’s World to support safer internet usage. This is a picture of Hector the Protector – your children will be very used to seeing him.
Hector’s World is a unique cybersafety initiative for teachers and parents to help young people learn about safe online practices and digital citizenship. The core content of Hectors World is the 7 animated episodes featuring Hector the dolphin, and his friends. Each episode has support material for teachers and parents. Hector’s World is suitable for children at school, home, in early childhood settings, or community groups that support young children.
Further guidance on e-safety is given below.
At this age, most children need help using the computer. Helen Penn, Head of Education at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, says ‘Our experience is that under-5s aren’t using interactive sites.
‘They tend to be playing around on cartoon sites like CBeebies and can’t generally do that without the assistance of their parents, although that may change.’
Software and websites designed for this age group is usually called ‘lapware’. When toddlers are old enough to click around a website by themselves, it’s best to only give them access to certain safe sites or tools such as Glubble.
Children will begin to be taught about internet safety as soon as they start school. The fun Hector’s World cartoon series may have already been shown at your child’s school.
‘Kids are quite excited by the characters and can relate to the decisions they are making,’ Penn says.
Parents can also download the Hector’s World Safety Button (for Windows), which children can click if they ever drift off to a site that’s inappropriate, and start panicking.
‘The idea is they’ll click on Hector the dolphin, and an underwater scene appears that blocks off the content and encourages the child to get their parent,’ Penn explains. ‘The content is kept underneath so the parent can see what it does.’
At this age, children may start using social networking sites such as Bebo, MySpace or Facebook, despite the fact that these sites are designed for ages 13 and older.
‘We know [younger children] are using these sites, so not mentioning them would be wrong of us. They know they’re for over-13s, but it’s very difficult to verify their ages. Therefore we have to make sure they are educated about how to use them properly,’ says Penn.
Thinking about who you are talking to and the information you reveal about yourself are two of the key messages about how children can stay in control when they’re online. Their online use will grow at this stage, and there will be greater exploration of the web.
We value computing within our school and the e-safety of our children is of paramount importance to the school and something that we monitor and revisit regularly.
We know that parents and carers are concerned about protecting children when they are using the Internet, both in school and at home. Below you will find information on how to keep your children safe, tips on how to initiate conversations around the subject of e-safety and specific advice on online gaming. We have also included various links that will direct you to further information from external organisations.
Internet Matters gives you options to select particular devices you may want to protect, so for example if you want specific information on setting controls on a playstation there is information with simple step by step pictures to help you do so.
Here is some advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying from the Department of Education.
Know it all for parents is a unique interactive e-safety guide for parents and carers produced by Childnet International. It’s designed to really help you as a parent or carer keep up to date with how children are using the Internet and support them in using these new exciting services safely and responsibly.
We’ve tried to make this resource as accessible and practical as possible, and there’s a whole wealth of detailed information on a wide range of issues.
There are also lots of leaflets and guides for you to download in the resource centre.
However if you’re busy and just want a quick overview, select quick overview in the menu for a short presentation. The summary information and the advice for younger children is also in British Sign Language.
Keeping up to date with how young people are using this amazing new technology is challenging but it is vital that we do.
The Internet is like a magician’s hat. If you’re worried about what your children will find inside, the free advice will help you to keep them safe online.
The Vodafone Digital Parenting Guide covers every area of the modern web and mobile Internet you can think of; from apps and games to location services and online videos. If your online knowhow needs a bit of a refresh, or if you’re just keen to know the tricks to staying safe, look no further
Internet Safety Websites
Where to go to find support about the safety features available on these popular social networks
Search Engines for Children
KidRex is a fun and safe search for kids, by kids! KidRex searches emphasise child related webpages from across the entire web and are powered by Google Custom Search and use Google SafeSearch technologies.
Swiggle.org.uk is a website aimed at Key Stage 2 learners. It links to a wealth of learning and e-safety resources and includes a safe search feature. It also provides children with easy access to key educational resources, either in the classroom or at home. Swiggle is provided by the South West Grid for Learning.
Safe Search Kids is powered by Google to deliver filtered search results.
Video Games and Apps
The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) age rating system was established to help European parents make informed decisions on buying computer games. It was launched in Spring 2003 and replaced a number of national age rating systems with a single system now used throughout most of Europe, in 30 countries. Further information can be found on the PEGI website. More information and advice can be found in their Good Gaming Guide.
Parent Info has more information about the video games that your children play.
Parent Info has also produced a guide to staying safe on Minecraft.
The Games Rating Authority lets you search for games to find out whether they are suitable for your children.
Ask About Games has useful information for parents about playing safe online.
A Parent’s Guide to Pokémon Go is available with the latest information.
There are thousands of apps on the market. From gaming to socialising. From learning to creating. All targeting a different audience.
It has been brought to our attention that the game Fortnite has been in the news recently for the dangers linked to strangers contacting children through its chat facilities. Please read the link and follow the advice given by @NSPCC.bbc.co.uk/news/technology#SafetyFirst.
What to do if you’re worried…
If you’re worried about anything online you can speak to an adult that you trust with your concerns. Mrs Adams is the Designated Safeguarding Lead within school. Mrs Dolan is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads. If you don’t feel confident with speaking to somebody at home or in school, click on the CEOP button below and report your concerns in confidence. If you’re a parent with any concerns regarding your child, you can also click on the button below to report your concern to the child exploitation and online protection command (CEOP).