Children now spend a lot of their time online. This can be a great way to connect with friends and family, learn new things, explore or even get help with homework.
However, children also face risks when using the internet such as seeing inappropriate content or cyberbullying. As adults, we have a responsibility to safeguard the children in an online world which is now such an integral part of the everyday life of children.
As with all other risks, it is impossible to eliminate those risks completely. It is therefore essential for us as a school to provide good educational provision to build pupils’ resilience to the risks to which they may be exposed, so that they have the confidence and skills to face and deal with these risks.
By understanding and talking about the dangers, you can help keep your child safe online.
Vodafone provides useful e-safety checklists by age of child: http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents/get-started.html
NSPCC website gives helpful advice and tools to keep your child safe online: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
The UK Safer Internet Centre website provides teachers and parents/carers with e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
The Parent Zone website provides information, help and advice to parents about online safety: http://www.theparentzone.co.uk/
Parenting in the Digital Age website: http://www.pitda.co.uk/
Safety Smart website includes information for parents/carers and games and activities for children on online safety: http://www.ulsafetysmart.com/
Budd:e Cybersmart is a great website for helping children understand cybersecurity by creating their own cyber Budd:e https://budd-e.staysmartonline.gov.au/primary/demo.html
CBBC website provides useful tips for staying safe online: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe
Newsround's ‘Beware of Computer Hackers’ video shows the importance of password security http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p011m2nz
Childnet website: http://www.childnet.com/
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