Computing is seen as an essential area of learning. It plays an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, schools need to build in the use of new technologies in order to equip young people with the skills they will need to access life-long learning and employment.
At Eversley Primary School, we are delighted to provide children with the opportunity to use a wide range of resources to deliver our curriculum. Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much IT, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed and users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these Internet technologies. At Eversley Primary School, we understand the responsibility and importance of ensuring that the children are aware of and understand a range of eSafety issues.
Using the Internet safely at home
Whilst many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) offer filtering systems to help you safeguard your child at home, it remains surprisingly easy for children to access inappropriate material including unsuitable texts, pictures and movies. Parents are advised to set the security levels within Internet browsers with this in mind. Locating the computer or tablet in a family area, not a bedroom, will enable you to supervise children as they use the Internet. However, don’t deny your child the opportunity to learn from the wide variety of material and games available on the Internet. Instead, set some simple rules for keeping them safe and make sure they understand the importance of these rules.
Simple rules for keeping your child safe
- To keep your child safe they should:
- Ask permission before using the Internet
- Only use websites you have chosen together or a child friendly search engine.
- Only email people they know (why not consider setting up an address book?)
- Ask permission before opening an email sent by someone they don’t know
- Do not use Internet chat rooms
- Do not use their real name when using games on the Internet (create a nick name)
- Never give out a home address, phone or mobile number
- Never tell someone where they go to school
- Never arrange to meet someone they have ‘met’ on the Internet
- Only use a webcam with people they know
- Ask them to tell you immediately if they see anything they are unhappy with.
Using these rules
Go through the rules with your child and pin them up near the computer. It is also a good idea to regularly check the Internet sites your child is visiting e.g. by clicking on History and Favourites. Please reassure your child that you want to keep them safe rather than take Internet access away from them.
Talking to your children about staying safe online
We regularly use our Computing lessons to remind your children about the importance of staying safe online. You can use some of the resources below to continue the conversation.
Recently Ofsted produced a useful ‘Online Safety Webinar’ for parents and schools. The webinar focuses on the work of the Breck Foundation. This foundation is a self-funding charity, raising awareness of playing safe whilst using the internet. It was established following the death of a young boy called Breck who was groomed online.
The webinar lasts for around 1 hour. For parents who are short on time we would recommend that the first 23 minutes are watched, after that Ofsed focus on what schools and inspectors can do to keep children safe.
Things you can do to keep your child safe online:
- check your parental controls on your PC to stop then accessing inappropriate material;
- accessing games on a console or tablet? Here’s how to set parental controls: Ask About Games
- have a conversation, discuss sites and apps together, talk about any concerns they may have;
- talk about personal information and what not to share online;
- is your child accessing social networks? Most of these have an age limit of 13+, check the content and age limits of what they are accessing here: NetAware
- Is your child playing computer games, check the age limit here: Netaware
As well as the Breck Foundation website, the NSPCC website provides further resources and links on how to keep your child safe online. Live My Digital, is an educational site aimed at families. The site has links to a video series which covers the following online safety themes:
- The digital footprint
- Identity and self-esteem
- Relationships and grooming
- Security and privacy
Golden Rules for eSafety
- Safe Search EngineChild Friendly and Safe Search Engine
- Advice about how to counteract extremismLots of information about extremism and advice on how to counteract it.
- Promote good use of devices with your child from a platform for good.orgClick here when your child gets a new gadget. One of these cards might help establish good and safe use.
- How to set up parental controls at homeClick here for a link to the Safer Internet centre’s guide to setting up parental controls at home.
- Digital Parenting tipsClick here for digital parenting tips from vodafone by age groups
- Think You KnowClick on the link for the Think You Know website
- CEOPclick on the link to the CEOP site
CEOP KS1 Film : ‘Lee & Kim’ Cartoon Suitable 5 yrs — 7 yrs
Cartoon ‘Lee & Kim’ if you have small children from 4 — 7 years then you should let them view this short 10 minute cartoon, which is designed to keep them safe whilst online and more importantly, this cartoon teaches them in their early years
To help your child to enjoy it all safety, the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) has developed the Click Clever, Click Safe code:
The code has been designed to:
- give parents the confidence to be able to help their children enjoy the internet safely
- help children and young people understand how their online experiences can expose them to risks
It’s easy to remember when talking to children about online safety and it’s designed to help keep them safe on the internet.
Please click this link to view our eSafety Policy – Eversley Primary School eSafety Policy
Please see below some further information regarding MOMO
CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online.
CEOP will help and give advice, and you can make a report directly to them if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online. CEOP takes all reports seriously and will do everything they can to keep you safe.