At Heron Way Primary School we are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our pupils and this encompasses safety on-line. Children in each year group are taught E-Safety skills as part of our Computing and PSHCE Curriculum. Children are given the opportunity to reflect on their learning in regular assemblies and we also participate in the annual Internet Safety Day.
For further information about keeping your child safe online, please read the following guidance from CEOP. Please remember that if you need to report abuse or exploitation it is possible to do this through the “Report Abuse” button on the school website and learning platform.
Online Safety - Talking about life online and creating a Family Agreement
Some great tips to open up the conversation of online behaviour here: Lets talk about life online
Sometimes it can even be helpful to create a family agreement together: Family Agreement.pdf
Online Safety - helping your child stay safe
The best way to help your child to be a safe when using the internet and new technologies is to talk to them and make sure they understand these simple rules:
- You should never give out personal details to online ‘friends’. Use a nickname when logging on and don’t share full name, email address, mobile number, school name and any photos, including photos of family or friends – any picture or video online can be changed or shared without permission.
- Talk to your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to. Get them to show you how to use things you are not familiar with. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience, they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam) and their online ‘friends’ will see they are in a family room.
- If your child receives a message that upsets them, remind them not to reply, they should save the message and show you or another trusted adult.
- Spam and junk emails and texts are not true, don’t reply or send them to anyone else, just delete them.
- Don’t open files sent from people you don’t know. They could contain a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.
- An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life; no matter how long you have been friends with them.
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that it’s better to keep online ‘mates’ online. They should never meet up with any online ’friends’ without an adult they trust.
- Make sure they know how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable.
- Make sure your child feels able to talk to you, let them know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Don’t blame your child, let then know you trust them.
Helpful Fact Sheets for Parents:
- CEOP Thinkuknow https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
- Childnet International http://www.childnet.com/
- NSPCC Online Safety Resources https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
- Common Sense Media www.commonsense.co.uk