The Internet has become an important part of children's lives, enabling them to research school projects, talk to their friends and access information from around the world. Increasing provision of the Internet in and out of schools brings with it the need to ensure that learners remain safe. Internet development is constantly evolving into ever more innovative areas with many websites enabling amazing creativity and interaction between peers.
Unfortunately, there are times when Internet use can have a negative or detrimental effect on children.
Parents, carers and adults in schools should be aware of the potential dangers and be taking measures to ensure safe usage by all.
Children at Holy Trinity and Little Marlow schools use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, many children are often given unsupervised access to the Internet. This potentially, allows them to access all kinds of content (both good and bad) and brings it into their homes. Here are a few tips for internet use at home:
o Keep your computer in a shared area:
Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can always see what sites are being visited.
o Facebook and all other Social Media Sites:
Are you aware that many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13? Therefore, our pupils should NOT be using them?
o Google Safe Search:
This is designed to screen sites that contain sexually explicit content and remove them from your search results. While no filter is 100% accurate, SafeSearch helps you avoid content you may prefer not to see or would rather your children did not stumble across.
By default, Moderate SafeSearch is turned on, which helps keep explicit images out of your search results. If you prefer you can change your setting to Strict filtering to help filter out explicit text as well as images. You can modify your computer's SafeSearch settings by clicking on Search settings at the top right of the Google homepage.
For more information, on SafeSearch, click here.
Internet Safety Day
Following our parent information evening this year, please find the link to the slideshow here.
o Explore e-safety sites:
There are many useful e-safety sites. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?
Below are some recommended sites for parents and carers.
www.nspcc.org.uk - Pages dedicated to keeping children safe online
www.bbc.co.uk - Stay Safe Pages
Resources for Children:
- Captain Kara and Winston’s SMART Adventure
The SMART Adventure illustrates Childnet’s SMART rules and includes a real life SMART Crew of young people who guide the cartoon characters in their quest and help them make smart online decisions. This resource is suitable for year 3 and year 4 pupils.
McGruff is a Crime Dog - world famous for his advice on how to stop crime before it happens, and for his great sense of humour! Some of his work involves teaching children how to stay safe online. Check out the different areas of the site – there’s so much to learn!
- Safety Land
Safety land is normally a very nice place to live, but a nasty character is sending yucky emails and messages. Captain Broadband needs your help to find the nasty character. You need to navigate around Safety land answering questions. When you have answered them all correctly, the nasty character will be taken to jail and you’ll become a certified hero, just like Captain Broadband