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E-safety at Preston Park Primary School

Using the Internet at Home

As educators, we encourage children to access online learning whilst at school and at home as we are aware that it can enhance the children’s learning experience and support them with their home learning. As a parent, you too will know how important the internet is to your children; they use it learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It is a place of creativity and opportunity and we want our children to have safe and secure access to it. Whilst we encourage children to use the internet to enhance their learning, as a parent you may find the children’s frequent use of technology a little daunting and may have worries about the risks your child may face online such as bullying, contact from strangers or even the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. It is important that you engage with your child in regards to their use of the internet whilst at home. Below are some ideas from www.childnet.com on how you can get the conversation started:

  1. Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  2. Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  3. Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  4. Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  5. Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?

Family Agreement

A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation with your whole family about how you all use the internet and discuss together how to behave in a positive way when online at home, at school or at a friend’s house. The Childnet family agreement advice provides a list of things to consider when creating a family agreement and some examples.  The family agreement template provides a framework that will help families set clear expectations for positive and safe internet use. 

Further Information

At Preston Park Primary School, we want to support children and parents with keeping safe in this fast-changing world of technology and media. Below are suggested links to various websites and leaflets that we think you will find informative. In addition to this, we will continue to offer support at the school through E-safety workshops for parents so that we are keeping you up-to-date with current issues and allowing you to talk to professionals for further advice.

To find out how to protect your children on their smartphones, click here.

Know IT All for Parents is a unique interactive e-safety guide for parents and carers produced by Childnet International. It's designed to really help you as a parent or carer keep up to date with how children are using the internet, and support them in using these new exciting services safely and responsibly. Click here to watch an interactive presentation.

Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) is a site to keep children safe from online abuse and grooming. They are there to help you should you have any concerns about online activities which make you or your child feel worried, scared or unsafe. On their website, you are able to make a report which will always be taken seriously. If you wish to make a report click here.

 

Age Restrictions for Social Media

Age Restrictions

Parental Controls

We advise that you look at the website of your broadband provider or alternatively contact them as they will have restrictions and controls that can be put in place to restrict your child’s use of the internet in your home. In addition to this, you can make the internet securer by actioning restrictions on individual devices. Below are useful links which will assist you with this:

Useful Information for Children

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