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E Safety

Welcome to our E-Safety Page! On this page, you will find the latest news and guidance related to online and digital safety. 

Online Safety Weblinks

Here are some links to websites that will help with tips and information about keeping your child stay safe online (please click on the icons to be taken to the individual websites):

Mental Health Week

As part of Mental Health Week, we would like to make you aware of an excellent resource to support your child's emotional wellbeing. Parent Zone (an organisation funded by Children in Need) runs an app called Ollee. This app allows children to address issues by choosing from a selection of emotions and exploring their concerns. Ollee offers the child ideas to improve their wellbeing as well as where to find additional support. This app can also be linked to a parental account which gives you a view of the children thoughts and emotions. It provides you with support that you can save and share to aid discussions with the child in your care. To find out more, please explore the link below.

Safer Internet Day

 

On the 8th of February 2022, schools around the country celebrate Safer Internet Day. To celebrate this year's theme, respect and relationships online, the children have taken part in various activities across the school. Our Digital Leaders and Prefects have hosted a range of activities around the school. In addition to this, each class completed different activities to promote e-safety around the school. For example, year 6 wrote an e-safety themed diary entry. In year 4, the children completed an in the moment activity that explored what they would do if faced with an e-safety concern. In key stage one, the children explored the Digiduck book series with the purpose of learning about online relationships. 


If you would like to examine this more with your children at home, UK Safer Internet Centre provides resources that can be used with your child at home. This includes tips for parents and carers, family e-safety activities and videos on how to start a conversation with your young person. To explore these resources and more, please follow the link below. 

Social Media Age Restrictions

 

Internet security is a very important issue to all at Preston Primary School – we hope every child has a safe and happy experience whilst using the internet.

 

Making sure children are accessing age appropriate content is important as part of our role to educate pupils to become responsible internet users. Below is a chart showing the age restrictions placed on different social media app and services.

 

 

Join the P.L.A.Y. campaign

Keeping children safe online is very important to us at Preston Primary School. This is why we are encouraging parents and carers to join the P.L.A.Y campaign. This was launched by the UK Interactive Entertainment Association and is designed to help you manage your child’s screen time, game purchases and enable family controls.

This step-by-step guide will show you how to help your child set up their consoles. It will also outline how you can create both a parent and child account on their device to help you keep them safe online.

 

We have achieved our 360 Safe award!

More information on the 360 Safe Review can be found by having a look at the linked document below:

Latest News (April 2021)

Watching videos is one of the most popular ways for children to use technology. As with all online activity, this comes with potential risks as well as the benefits. ThinkUKnow have put together a useful parents' guide to how to talk to your child about inappropriate content and keeping safe when watching videos.

Their four tips are:
1. Talk to your child about what videos they like to watch online (and watch some together)
2. Look up the age ratings and the minimum age of use for the apps, sites and games your child uses
3. Set up parental controls and filters
4. Use Thinkuknow resources to help you help your child stay safe online


For more detail about these tips, read the full guide at:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/parents-guide-to-watching-videos-online/

Latest News (March 21)

 

Free Online Safety Parent Session


 

On March 30th, Google and Parent Zone's 'Be Internet Legends' Team is offering a free digital drop-in for parents to help you support your child with their online safety. 

This is a 30 minute session which will 'explore how you can help your child share carefully online over the holidays. Get tips on protecting private and personal information, ask a question, share advice or just say hi. Listen in live or watch back later when you have time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcD7lFCrkFM 

Safer Internet Day 2021 Update

Safer Internet Day 2021, on February 9th, was a huge success, with even the Pope tweeting about it!

 

During Lockdown, we as a school worked on making the internet a safer place for ourselves. The theme this year was based around ‘Fake News’ and ensuring that the content we saw online was accurate and reliable. To further our understanding, we looked at a range of scenarios that we could come across online and had to validate their authenticity. Some of these reports appeared believable but turned out to be false, others were absolutely bonkers! We even looked at a report of aliens landing at our school! After the presentation, we had the opportunity to use a range of games that looked at the exploitation of information on the internet.

 

Following this, we then created a comic strips to display the reaction chain of absorbing a fake news story. This looked at the emotion behind reading the story, developing a thought pattern/taking action (sharing) and then the mass movement of belief. Children were then asked to consider how their thinking may have an effect on others. Throughout this time, children had the opportunity to watch videos to help them with their storyboard, and how they could combat the reaction chain. This included taking a step back and using the ‘REAL’ checks, which included Real, Evidence, Add(ing it all up) and Looking.


In the UK, the theme for the day focused on reliability. To support this, the UK Safer Internet Centre released a report into children's experiences of misleading content online.

Findings included:

  • 48% of 8-17s see misleading content at least once a day
  • 62% of 8-17s have had friend requests from people they don’t know.

 

The full report can be read at:
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2021/internet-young-people-can-trust-safer-internet-day

Latest News (February 2021)

Be Internet Legends Family Adventure

 

Be Internet Legends from Google and Parent Zone is designed to support families to become safer and more confident when they are online.

Their newest resource is a three-part animated series about a family of 'Internauts' who go on an adventure, and learn about phishers, cyberbullies, and hackers on the way.

 

Join in the adventure at:
https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/parents/adventure

Latest News (Jan 21)

 

Top Tips for Keeping Children Safe During Lockdown

Many children will be spending more time with technology during lockdown, and that can be a source of worry for parents. London Grid for Learning (LGfL) suggest these six top tips for keeping children safe in these circumstances:

 

  • Don’t worry about screen time; aim for screen quality
  • Check the safety settings are turned on
  • Get your children to show you their apps and games
  • Don’t try to hide the news about coronavirus
  • Remind them of key online safety principles
  • If you aren’t sure, ASK!

 

For more details about each of these tips, download the full size version of the LGfL poster at:
https://static.lgfl.net/LgflNet/downloads/digisafe/Parent-Top-Tips-Safe-Online-Corona.pdf

Latest News (Dec 2020)

Setting up new devices for children

 

Many children (and some adults!) will be receiving new devices as gifts this Christmas. To help parents and carers ensure these devices are safe for children to use, Net-aware have released this useful guidance.

 

It covers laptops, phones, tablets, games consoles and other devices and can be found at: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/news/new-devices 

Latest News (Nov 2020)

Ollee - a new app to support children's wellbeing

 

Parent Zone have launched a new app - Ollee - for 8-11 year olds, funded by BBC Children in Need’s A Million & Me initiative.

Ollee is a 'digital friend' who supports wellbeing by helping children and their families talk about their feelings and difficult topics.

Find Ollee and try it out at: https://app.ollee.org.uk 

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