Children are taught how to keep themselves safe online through a combination of assemblies and lessons from their class teacher.
In particular, children are shown how to:
- use technology safely, respectfully and responsibility
- recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour online, such as cyberbullying
- keep passwords and personal information safe
- report when they feel unsafe
- understand their online presence and how to be in control of their own privacy
We understand that it can be overwhelming to keep up-to-date with new technologies so we highly recommend using the resources below to keep your children safe online.
online safety during the school’s closure
During this difficult time, children will be using technology more and more. They will want to use video, audio and text messaging apps to communicate with their peers. Also, they might play educational games that allow them to chat with strangers.
Questions to keep your child safe
Children often respond well when you take an interest in their online activity in a non-judgemental way. It might be worth asking these questions:
- “These apps look great. What do they do? Which other ones do you use?”
- “It’s nice to see you talking to your friends. Which apps do you use to chat to them? Which friend is this? Do you know that you can talk to me if you feel unsafe or upset?”
- “YouTube is a wonderful place to learn information. What should you do if you see something you don’t like or inappropriate?”
YouTube might show inappropriate adverts, especially if your child is signed in using an adult’s account. The best approach is to teach your child to walk away from the screen if they see something they don’t like and find a trusted adult. There are some tips to limit this exposure at Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/youtube/should-i-be-concerned-about-the-ads-my-kid-sees-on-youtube.
Look in the Worried About YouTube section below for more information on how to ensure that your child is using YouTube safely.
TikTok is rated 13+. If you choose to allow your child to use TikTok, please look at enabling Family Safety Mode. There are some instructions at https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/tiktok/
Concerned about an app?
You can search on NetAware to find out whether an app is appropriate for your child and understand any dangers. https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Reporting an online safety concern
If you have any concerns about the safety of any child, please contact us using the ‘Pupil Concerns’ link at the top of our website.
This video from Internet Matters explains how to apply parental restrictions at home.
This wizard from Internet Matters guides you through the process of applying parental restrictions at home to many different types of devices, from mobile phones and tablets, to broadband routers and apps.
Net Aware from the NSPCC is a website that lists many apps that children use. It explains their risks and how you can keep children safe if they’re using them. Click here to view the website.
Worried about YouTube?
Many parents have raised their concerns about their children using Youtube at home. We also share these anxieties, so we’ve looked into some possible options to help you. The best way to ensure your children are keeping safe online is to encourage them to use their devices within shared family areas and to openly talk to them about the dangers.
The simplest option (for tablets and phones) – YouTube Kids
Simply install the app on your children’s devices and remove the adult-version of YouTube. Your children will only be able to access specially selected content for their age group. The adverts are also suited towards children.
See more information about YouTube Kids at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/youtube-kids.
Setting up parental controls on YouTube (for laptops and computers)
This involves signing into YouTube and setting up parental restrictions. You can then see what your children are looking at.
There are further instructions on how to do this at https://www.internetmatters.org/blog/parental-controls/entertainment-search-engines/.
Setting up and kid proofing Apple products (iPhone/iPad)
This brief guide will let you set up an iPhone or iPad safely for your child to use. By following this guide, you will be able to prevent your children from:
- looking at inappropriate content;
- downloading/buying new apps without your consent;
- running certain apps; and
- sharing their location online.
Setting up Family Sharing or a new Apple device for a child under 13
Before you touch your child’s new device, you’ll need to create a children’s Apple account using your own iPhone or iPad device. Once you’ve done that, you can then set up their device. If they already have an account, you can still add them to your family sharing
Here is a video showing each step. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVv3CqLaC4w
Setting up restrictions on the device
Next, you’ll need to set up restrictions on the child’s phone. This video has a great guide on how to do this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_G3D-nHYpQ
If you have any problems setting them up or need advice, please contact the school.
All children in the school are required to sign our acceptable use policies to demonstrate that they know how to use technology safely. Please click here to view our for policies for KS1 and KS2.
Here is some great information from the charity Barnardos on how to change the privacy settings on a number of popular apps.