Our aim is to help make both parents and pupils safe online. In this ever evolving technological society we know that it can be hard to keep track of what your children are able to access, download, write and talk to online.
Your children may be more confident or knowledgeable than you on a computer or internet, but that does not mean they will always know what is best for them. There needs to be involvement, support and advice.
We aim to inform each pupil throughout the years about the importance of identifying, reporting and reducing the risks when going online. Below are some useful tips and links which could help you keep track of what is occurring at home
• Get involved: Know your enemy… become familiar with social networking sites. Create an account to find out what it’s about and ask your child about them. Some sites have information and advice for parents.
• Know how to use the safety services – On social sites there are privacy settings. Go through them and make sure you know how to block and report.
• Agree on responsible use – agree on what is OK and not OK to post, always respect others, ask permission of those who you are going to include in posts.
• Agree on rules – make sure your children know the safety tips. Know the SMART rules about giving out personal information and meeting up with people you don’t know.
• Know where to report abuse and get help.
Think You know : Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. They are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces. Besides its primary role CEOP also deals with other offences against children, such as cyber bullying, hacking & abusive text messages & phone calls. You will see the CEOP button on most popular children’s websites.
Kid SMART : Learn to be SMART on the internet and on mobile phones. Think carefully before accepting downloads.
Get Net Wise : GetNetWise is a public service brought to you by Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive, and educational or entertaining online experiences.
BBC Bully Proof : Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJs join a host of stars to show their support. Featuring Fearne Cotton, JLS, Trevor Nelson, Reggie Yates, Scott Mills, Peter Andre, Leona Lewis, Westwood & more.
NS Teens : NSTeens resources empower tweens (children ages 8 – 12) to make safer online choices through lessons taught in a series of animated videos highlighting the Internet-related adventures of a diverse cast of teenagers. Educators may reinforce the videos’ safety lessons through the use of accompanying activity cards.
Child Net International : Childnet International’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.
NSPCC Online specific section www.nspcc.org.uk/children-safe/share-aware