Digital Safety


As we are all spending much more time at home at the moment, thinkuknow have produced this page with home activity packs on online safety to work through with your children:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/


The following is taken from the government advice on safeguarding in schools:

An essential part of the online planning process will be ensuring children who are being asked to work online have very clear reporting routes in place so they can raise any concerns whilst online. As well as reporting routes back to the school or college this should also signpost children to age appropriate practical support from the likes of:

Parents and carers may choose to supplement the school or college online offer with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors. In their communications with parents and carers, schools and colleges should emphasise the importance of securing online support from a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children. Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online includes:

  • Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
  • Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
  • UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers

The department encourages schools and colleges to share this support with parents and carers.


 

Try to behave the same way online as you do in real life. For example:

  • Would you allow a stranger into your house?

  • Would you give out personal information to someone you couldn’t recognise and didn’t know?  

  • Would you send that photograph of you behaving stupidly/recklessly to the Headmaster?

  • Would you send that photograph to your parents?

  • Would you send intimate photographs of yourself to a sex offender?

 

We are lucky to be living in a fantastic new world of worldwide instant communication, where we can have a video chat with our friends on the other side of the world - for free!

However, new technology brings opportunities for bad people to attempt to prey on others, and young people to potentially make mistakes that might stay with them for the rest of their lives. By thinking carefully about the following two points, a great many mistakes can be avoided:

  1. People lie.

  2. Once transmitted on the internet - nothing can ever be deleted - ever - ever!

Some common sense advice:

  • Be careful who you talk to

  • Be careful what you share

  • Treat people online as you would face to face

  • Be aware that people lie (convincingly) and that their lies are more difficult to detect when you can't see them

  • Nothing can ever be deleted from the Internet (including messages, apps and social media) - not completely - not forever

 

New technologies, websites and apps are being developed all the time. As a result, it is almost impossible to give specific information that won’t quickly go out of date. The following sites appear to keep their advice and information current, and would be a good place to start:

Vodafone's digital parents section, particularly the checklists, were recommended by PC Andy Price.

Parent Info is a collaboration by CEOP and Parent Zone, featuring regularly updated articles on subjects like social media privacy settings, and the latest apps.

ThinkuKnow is a site produced by CEOP, including useful information for children of differing age groups, as well as parents.

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) aim to protect children from harm online and offline.

Internet matters - aiming to help parents keep their children safe online

UK Safer Internet Centre, with advice and tips on keeping children safe online.

 

Also included on this page are some articles from Parent Info, clicking on the headline will take you to their site.

 

If you have any further questions - please contact the school.