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Online Safety

Keeping Children Safe Online

At school we are fortunate to have a strict filter system on our internet feed that prevents children and staff accesssing any content that is not suitable for children. Even with this we are vigilent when children are using the internet to ensure it is being used safely and responsibly.

We are aware though, that some of our older children do have access to internet at home and it may not be as easy to monitor this.

A number of children have told us they use a variety of social network sites. All of these do have age restrictions on them and they are there for a reason. We have recently heard that some of our children are using a network called 'Tango'. This has an age 17+ restriction upon it due to the nature of the interaction people can have with each other while using it - instant pictures, messaging and videos.

Once messages and pictures have been put on the internet, they can not be taken back. Even if you try to delete them, once  they have been downloaded by anyone else they will be available to them to use as they wish. Nor can you be sure who your child is interacting with.

Your child should not be using any of the following sites and if they are, then it is likely they have not been truthful about their age when registering.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat - all users should be 13+ years old.
Whatsapp - 16+ years old
Kik, Tango - 17+ years old

Even to register with Youtube you need to be 13+ years old.

PLEASE can you check any phones and tablets your child is using to ensure they are only using software that is age applicable for their own safety.

Listed below are some sites that you may find useful to learn more about internet safety for your child - and yourself! Click on the image to be taken to the page.

Kids Health

This site can give you information about all aspects of your child's health. There is an excellent section on cyberbullying.

 

 

Internet Matters

Information, advice and support to keep children safe online.

 

 

Thinkuknow

Website to help parents understand the technology that children are using today and how to help teach them to use it safely.

 

 

CEOP  (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)

CEOP work to keep children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies. Their page gives you advice and support to keep your child safe as well as supporting you should there be a concern.

 

 

 

KidSMART

This is a Childnet website that helps children, parents and those working with children learn about using the internet and how to be a SMART surfer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaming

If not managed correctly, children using modern computer games consoles can be exposed to inappropriate content and have contact with numerous strangers online. Please read our 'Dangers of Online Gaming' leaflet and use the PDFs below, to set up parental controls on your consoles at home.

The Dangers of Online Games

Xbox 360 Parental Controls

Playstation Parental Controls

The Good Gaming Guide
Internet Matters - Gaming (How to protect your child whilst gaming).

 

Warstones Primary School would like to thank our parents who attended the afternoon Online Safety Workshop. Patrick Flynn, senior learning technologies consultant, delivered an incredibly useful session on what we can do both in school and at home to keep our children safe in a world of modern technology. Some of the handouts from the session will soon be made available of our website so watch this space. Regards Mr J McNaught (Computing Co-ordinator)