In light of our students being home schooled due to coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we would like to share with you some useful resources to support parents and carers to keep your children safe online:
· Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
· Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
· Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
· Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
· London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
· Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
· Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
· UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services
E-Safety Information and Guidance
As I am sure you are all aware keeping children and young people safe from the dangers posed to them through the internet and social media is high priority in schools and amongst parents/carers.
The e-Safety agenda has shifted towards enabling children and young people to manage risk, rather than filtering/blocking and therefore requires parents/adults to have a level of knowledge and understanding sufficient enough to discuss these risks with them and plan appropriate boundaries to minimise and understand any risks they may take on line.
We have updated our school website with a number of links relating to e-safety that you may find useful to discuss with your child including a link to a free magazine created to help parents negotiate the new technology that young people may be accessing.
The Parenting in the Digital Age magazine is an informative free to view magazine which provides handy tips and articles to explain new technology and how to help your child stay safe online. It covers issues including cyberbullying, sexting, selfies, image sharing, grooming and exploitation and a range of other relevant articles designed to inform parents.
It can be viewed and downloaded digitally at http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/ or hard copies are available free of charge in school either at main reception or on request from your child’s form tutor.
Further guidance is available on their website http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents.html
The trend for sharing ‘selfies’ across a variety of social media applications is addressed in the short film clip ‘Trusting myself – Trusting my selfie’ created with the help of the Internet Watch Foundation.
The clip can be viewed on YouTube
We have also attached to this email a presentation that covers some of the most useful e-safety considerations for parents, and a list of conversation starters relating to the sharing of ‘selfies’ amongst children and young people.
If you do have any concerns about e-safety please do not hesitate to contact the school Reception who will be happy to provide further assistance.
Mr T Heath
Assistant Principal Inclusion
Please follow the link below to a range of useful websites where you can find information about e-safety, social media use, inappropriate contents:
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ - internet safety, including viral scares and challenges
http://www.net-aware.org.uk/ - NSPCC guide to social networks and apps your child may be accessing
http://www.getsafeonline.org.uk/ - advice on a range of issues including, safeguarding children, fraud and social networking
http://www.iwf.org.uk/ - reporting criminal content including inappropriate images online