We teach our children to be careful when using the internet. We encourage them to remember to make good choices when using computers and other devices in order to keep themselves safe online.
We use a cartoon which was created by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (CEOP).
The video refers to 'SID's Top Tips' which we also have clearly displayed in classrooms and elsewhere around our school. We ask the children to remember the 4 Top Tips to help them stay safe when using the internet:
Top Tip 1 : People you don’t know are strangers. They’re not always who they say they are.
Top Tip 2 : Be nice to people on the computer like you would in the playground.
Top Tip 3 : Keep your personal information private.
Top Tip 4 : If you ever get that ‘uh oh’ feeling, you should tell a grown-up you trust.
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year in over a hundred countries to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.
Safer Internet Day is a fantastic opportunity to reflect as a family about how you can use the internet and technology safely, responsibly and positively. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, foster carer, aunt, uncle or older sibling – we can all play a role in empowering children to enjoy their time online!
We also hold information sessions for parents. It is important for all parents to learn about how children use the internet so they can carry on the discussion with their own children at home.
Our former Chair of Governors, Paul Hay - an Internet Safety expert, has provided further links to useful sites to learn more about Internet Safety:
Paul is also happy for parents to contact him with any questions you may have.
"Digital Parenting" magazine
Additional advice and support:
Please click on the links below to view the nationally acclaimed website for support - 'ThinkUKnow'
ThinkUKnow website for children
ThinkUKnow website for parents/carers
You might also be interested in the information contained in the attached guide 'Children, ICT and e-safety' which was created to support Kent schools as well as these other useful websites:
http://www.o2.co.uk/parents from o2.