Online Safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We are also keen to support parents/carers to improve their own understanding of online safety issues, so you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.
Reporting Urgent Online Safety Issues
We hope that you never have to use these, but these are the places you can go for help. Please also remember that in the case of illegal activity or content that needs to be dealt with urgently, the police should be called on 999 as well.
Grooming or other illegal behaviour:
If you want to report someone who is behaving suspiciously online towards a child, you should in an emergency contact the emergency services by calling 999, or otherwise make a report to CEOP, the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre, see www.ceop.gov.uk.
Criminal content online:
Child sexual abuse images: If you stumble across criminal content online, you should report this to the Internet Watch Foundation at www.iwf.org.uk/report. Criminal content in the UK includes child sexual abuse images, criminally obscene adult content as well as non-photographic child sexual abuse images.
You can report terrorism related content to the police’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit at www.gov.uk/report-terrorism.
Online content which incites hatred on the grounds of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender should be reported to True Vision at www.report-it.org.uk.
(advice and content above taken from http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/need-help)
And of course, please talk to us at the school so that we can help
Using your camera and video recorder in school
Requirements on parents and carers who wish to photograph and/ or video a Coldfall Primary School event. Photographs and videos of children taken for school and family use are a source of pleasure and pride and enhance children’s self esteem. By following some simple requirements we can proceed safely and with regard to the law.
- Remember that parents and carers attend Coldfall Primary school events at the invitation of the Head teacher and Governors.
- The Head teacher and the Governors have the responsibility to decide if photography and videoing of school performances is permitted.
- The Head teacher and Governors have the responsibility to decide the conditions that will apply in order that children are kept safe and that performance is not disrupted and children and staff are not distracted.
- Parents and carers can use photographs and videos taken at school events for their own personal use only. Such photographs and videos cannot be passed on or sold or put on the web/ internet without consent. This includes social networking sites. If you fail to comply you could be committing a breach of the Data Protection Act.
- Recording or photographing other than for private use requires the consent of all other parents and carers whose children are included in the image, even if unintentionally in the background.
- Parents and carers must follow guidance from staff as to when photography and videoing is permitted and where to stand in order to minimise disruption to the activity.
- Parents and carers must not photograph or video children changing for performances for events.
- Family and carers are the appropriate people to use a camera or video recorder at school events. To avoid embarrassment please do not ask anyone else to take photographs or make recordings on your behalf.
School Policy and User Agreements
Each year before your children use the school system we ask them to sign a Pupil User Agreement. It outlines what we expect from their behaviour online and with the computer systems, the same as we would outline to them what their behaviour should be like around the school.
Below are examples of the agreements we use for pupils and staff at the school.
What you can do at home
We understand that it can be so difficult for adults to know what to do for the best when it comes to online safety. It may seem as if the technology is going at such a rate that it is hard to keep on top of all the new things coming out.
The main thing to remember is that whatever app, website or game that becomes the new craze:
- Stay vigilant to your child’s internet use, and have open conversations about what they like to do
- Remind then that the same social rules apply online as in real life, so be kind, polite, and wary of strangers
- Teach children about what the dangers are, and what they can do if they get worried
- Talk to older siblings about being considerate of their younger siblings age when watching things online with them
- Don’t leave children alone with digital devices until you have shown them how to interact safely online, and to tell you if something is wrong.
- Make sure you use parental settings on all of your devices, and never let them play games with a PEGI rating too old for them.
- Above all, don’t feel ashamed about not knowing about every new technological development. Ask other parents, and us at school if you are worried.
Conversation Starters for You to Your Children
Conversation starter ideas (taken from childnet.com)
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?
Regular YouTube has “Restricted Mode” that can be set by scrolling to the bottom of Youtube, Clicking “Restricted Mode” then clicking “Save”. This will stop the majority of adult content being shown when they children watch, this is not fully reliable however. For an added layer of protection for your mobiles and tablets download “YouTube Kids” which allows content suitable for children. Please remember that no filter is 100% reliable, so you still need to be vigilant to what your children are watching. Click HERE to find out how we talk to the children about that in school.
KidRex Search Engine
KidRex is a Child friendly alternative to Google Search. It doesn’t have an “Images” section so that those unexpected image results on innocent Google searches won’t be seen. It also filters out the majority of adult content. Again it isn’t 100% accurate and things will slip through. Just ensure you speak to your child about what to do if they see something upsetting or something they don’t understand. Click HERE to find out how we talk to the children about that in school.
The videos on the right will tell you how to set up parental controls on Mac, PC and Android devices, as well as some games consoles
Below are some videos for you and your children to watch together. They will help to teach your children how to stay safe online
Online Gaming Safety (Video for 5-7 Year Olds)
Smart Crew Cartoon (for 7-10 Year Olds)
Sharing Personal Information online (for 8-10 Year Olds PG)
Online Safety Advice From Our Digital Leaders
How to set up parental controls on an IPad
How to set up parental controls on android device
How to set up parental controls on a Mac
How to set up parental controls on a Windows PC
How to set up parental controls in Google Chrome