Welcome to our E-Safety Page! On this page, you will find the latest news and guidance related to online and digital safety (updated monthly, we also remove older content but please ask if you have other questions).
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:
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.
The full report can be read at:
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:
On Tuesday, 9 February 2021, we will celebrate the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day. With a theme once again of "An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world", the day calls upon all stakeholders to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people.
Safer Internet Day is an annual opportunity for schools and families to think about how we can make the online world a positive place for children of all ages.
Many of our pupils enjoy using the internet at or away from the home, with nearly half of Young People (8-17 years old) saying that what they see or do online contributes to overall identity.
The internet is an amazing resource that we need to work hard together to make as safe yet free as possible.
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:
For more details about each of these tips, download the full size version of the LGfL poster at:
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
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
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):