Covid-19 Online Safety Advice:
Online grooming can cause irreversible damage and with more and more children looking to explore the online world through different social media apps and gaming platforms, it’s not hard to meet someone you don’t know. So, what should parents look out for? What are the signs? And what can be done to help protect children? Find out with this guide.
The internet is essential in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. As children move up through the school their access to various types of technology increases and it stands to reason that their exploration and curiosity increases too. The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives but children, schools and parents all need to be aware of various online risks.
At KCS we follow the SMART Rules:
If you would like to share any information or require any further support please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.
Your help is still needed to prevent children accessing inappropriate material at home by way of filters and parental controls. Look below at our extensive list of links and resources for Parents/Carers, Teachers and Young People to help you with your child’s online safety at home.
5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids
Sharing photos, posting comments, playing video games — these are just a few of the ways that children interact online, but sometimes there are risks. Learn five ways to keep your kids safe on the internet:
Overview of key parental controls
Keeping children and young people safe online is one of the biggest challenges facing society today and it is all of our responsibility to ensure that children are educated to make positive, informed choices when they are online.
Following on from a report from the UK Council for Internet Safety which highlighted the challenges parents, schools and communities face in Online Safety matters, the most recent can found on this page.
Parent Info: An introduction
This video looks at the work of Parent Info, a collaboration between the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command and The Parent Zone. Parent Info is an information service for parents and carers which enables schools to provide high quality advice and information their own websites.
Help and advice for families in a digital world. Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
The CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) logo pictured here is on a lot of social networking sites. It is the Advice, Help and Report button. Clicking on it will take you to their website, where you can easily follow links for help if you are a parent or child. It is excellent, so please try it now!
Highly recommended is the Thinkyouknow website. Click the image to go to the website and get the latest safety information.
This is an education initiative by CEOP – the UKs national law enforcement agency that focuses on tackling sexual abuse of children.
Below are some quick links for parents to some key questions and Top Tips in their ‘Growing up online’ section.
Childnet International – Guidance for Parents, Teachers and Young People
This contains detailed information regarding specific topics such as social networking, online grooming, gaming and downloading.
A simple and effective way to get involved with your children and their lives online is through discussion. Why not use our conversation starters for parents and carers to get the ball rolling? Click on the picture above.
CBBC Stay Safe
CBBC Stay Safe is a super internet survival guide for you and your child/ren. Here are the tips and tricks you’ll need to stay safe online, beat the cyber-bullies and become a super-surfer.
NSPCC Share Aware Campaign
Launched in January 2015, this campaign aims to raise awareness of how to help your child stay safe on social networks, apps and games. They have a useful guide to the social networks young people are using on their Net Aware website:http://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Links for Parents/Carers
Ask About Games – Advice on computer gaming and how to apply parental controls
- Early Years e-safety – help introduce young children to the idea of internet safety
- Get Safe Online – Advice and guidance on Safety online
- Vodaphone Safety – Advice from Vodaphone
- Yahoo Safety Tips – Advice from Yahoo
- CBBC Safe search – Excellent Child friendly Search engine for Primary Schools
- NEN Image Gallery – for images to use in the classroom
- TeacherTube – Video Sharing website
- Edublogs – Blogging in Schools
- Easywhois – Useful website to check who registered/owns a website
- All about Explorers – Teaching children to evaluate reliability of online information.
- That’s Not Cool – advice on digital relations for KS2/3/4
- Windows family safety – Set up Windows safety controls.
Software to help you
Anti Bullying App
We do not allow mobile phones in school, which combats phone bullying here, but we know that mobiles are used outside school. You can help your child by using an Android App which blocks the bully’s number, so you don’t have to receive unwanted texts or calls. The bully doesn’t know that their number is blocked. It is now a free app. Click the image to find out more.
This software blocks inappropriate websites, including pornographic ones. It also monitors emails and social networks for unsuitable content, grooming phrases, sex words and other danger words. Click the image to find out more.
SelfieCop app – teach your children to use their camera phone safely – please click the link on the menu on the right to find out more. Click the image to find out more.
This setting is designed to screen sites with explicit sexual text and images that you don’t want your child to stumble across when browsing the internet.
Top Tips for Safer Surfing!
1. Remind your child that the internet is not a private space. Any information that your child puts online can be shared with anyone and may be used in a harmful way.
2. Keep communication open! Let your child know that it’s never too late to tell if something or someone is making them uncomfortable.
3. Teach your child to only open emails from people they know. Files may contain inappropriate images, content or viruses
4. Keep the computer somewhere in the house where it is easy for you to monitor what they are viewing.
5. Use internet filtering software and your browser’s control to offer the degree of security needed to protect your child.
Digizen is a game provided by Childnet International. You can play Digizen with your child. This game gives you different decisions and options to make about internet use and friendships in a school day and the consequences. Click the image to find out more.
CSE Social Media Information – A brief overview of the current apps, websites and programmes popular at present.