We deliver online safety lessons every term in school using resources from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and London Grid for Learning. We also make sure that all teaching staff are trained in online safety and kept up-to-date with best practice and processes.
You may also want to follow some of our advice and guidelines with your child at home.
HELPING YOUR CHILD STAY SAFE ONLINE
The best way to help your child to be safe when using the internet and new technologies is to talk to them and make sure they understand these simple rules:
Never give out personal details to online ‘friends’. Use a nickname when logging on and don’t share full name, email address, mobile number, school name and any photos, including photos of family or friends – any picture or video online can be changed or shared without permission
Talk to your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to. Get them to show you how to use things you are not familiar with. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience, they are less likely to act inappropriately (ie via webcam) and their online ‘friends’ will see they are in a family room
If your child receives a message that upsets them, remind them not to reply – they should save the message and show you or another trusted adult. Don’t open files sent from people you don’t know – they could contain a virus or an inappropriate image or film
An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life, no matter how long you have been friends with them. Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that it’s better to keep online ‘mates’ online. They should never meet up with any online ’friends’ without an adult they trust. Make sure they know how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable
Make sure your child feels able to talk to you and let them know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Don’t blame your child – let them know you trust them
Each year we run a Safer Internet Day at school and a workshop for parents to help provide you with more information, help and advice on how your children can safely use the internet at home and school and how it benefits their learning.
REPORTING ONLINE SAFETY ISSUES
Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up.
You can report any online safety issues or incidents at www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-report.
Life in Likes
The children’s Commissioner for England has published a report, Life in Likes, which looks at the ways 8 – 12 year olds use social media platforms which are not designed for younger children and how this effects their wellbeing.
The report found that social media was important for maintaining relationships but a shift in use and impact occurs when children start secondary school. Aged 8-10, children used social media apps such as Snapchat, Instagram, Musical.ly and WhatsApp to play games and have fun.
However, when pupils start secondary school and their social circles grow, social media use becomes harder to manage as friendships break down and children become dependent on ‘likes’ and comments for social validation. Focus is then dominated by a need to keep up appearances online.
The report also found that while children understood how stay safe online with regards to predators and strangers they had limited understanding of how technology can effect mood and emotions and how to manage this.
Recommendations from the report included a broadening of digital literacy education in schools beyond safety messages, development of children’s critical awareness and resilience, and a focus on the transition stage from primary to secondary school; and guidance to inform parents about the ways in which children’s social media use changes with age, particularly on entry to secondary school.
Stop, Speak, Support
The Duke of Cambridge has launched a campaign to tackle online bullying with a youth led code of conduct for the internet. Stop, Speak, Support aims to support young people to identify cyberbullying. The Code encourages people to STOP SPEAK SUPPORT.
- Take time out before getting involved, and don’t share or like negative comments
- Try and get an overview of what’s really going on
- Check the community guidelines for the site you’re on
- Ask an adult or friend that you can trust for advice
- Use the report button for the social media it’s happening on
- Speak to one of the charities set up to help with situations like this, such as Childline
- Give the person being bullied a supportive message to let them know they’re not alone
- Encourage the person being bullied to talk to someone they can trust
- Give the person being bullied a positive distraction from the situation