Do you know how to stay safe online?
At Paston Ridings Primary School we know that the internet is a powerful way to enhance and broaden a child’s education. Teaching and learning in every subject in the curriculum can make good use of web-based material.
However, we also know that the Internet allows access to a great deal of entertainment, information and communication which is not related to school-based learning and children, being naturally curious, will want to explore and investigate.
This exploration is not necessarily harmful, but if unsupervised and unmonitored can result in children encountering inappropriate material or unknown people which can upset or confuse them, or worse. Keeping children completely isolated from the internet may be tempting, but in the long term they will all need to understand the web and how they can use it positively, safely and to their benefit.
With this in mind, we have collected a range of resources to help you develop your child’s understanding, skill and confidence. We recommend that you have a good look around each site on your own first in order to focus on issues which may be of particular relevance. For 1 half term children are taught how to use the internet safely in the ICT suite.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/stay-safe CBBC Stay safe: Learn how to stay safe online the fun way with Hacker and Dodge, the Dixi crew, Bobby Lockwood, the Horrible Histories gang and more!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise Includes an ‘Internet for Beginners’ course and a tool for answering your internet related questions.
http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/ Explains the SMART rules for safe internet use and lots more besides..
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ Find out what’s good on the internet, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/ Find out how you can keep children safe from abuse and other dangers, both online and in the physical world.
The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But how do you keep track of what they’re doing and make sure they’re staying safe?
Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start we’ve got 4 key tips help you:
- explore the online world together
- talk to your child about staying safe online
- manage the software and tools your family use
- agree rules about what’s ok and what’s not