Online Safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is a part of their every day lives. Here at Springhill, we are also keen to support parents/carers to improve their own understanding of online safety issues, so you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.
What you can do at home
We understand that it can be so difficult for adults to know what to do for the best when it comes to online safety. Sometimes it seems as if the technology is changing at such a rate that it is hard to keep on top of all the new things coming out.
The main thing to remember is that whatever app, website or game that becomes the new craze:
Stay vigilant to your child’s internet use, and have open conversations about what they like to do
Remind then that the same social rules apply online as in real life, so be kind, polite, and wary of strangers
Teach children about what the dangers are, and what they can do if they get worried
Talk to older siblings about being considerate of their younger siblings age when watching things online with them
Don’t leave children alone with digital devices until you have shown them how to interact safely online, and to tell you if something is wrong.
Make sure you use parental settings on all of your devices, and never let them play games with a PEGI rating too old for them.
Above all, don’t feel ashamed about not knowing about every new technological development. Ask other parents, or staff at school if you are worried.
Our E-safety policy reflects the importance on using information systems and electronic communication safely. We aim to keep our children safe online and also when using mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. We feel it is important to educate our children on the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
Mrs Silvester-Grant is our computing and E-Safety lead and both she and the Pastoral team (Keddie Bailey and Louise Cadman), as well as the teaching staff, are happy to help with any problems you may have online.
A copy of our E-Safety policy has been agreed by governors and can be found at the link below. It links closely to our behaviour policy, child protection policy and anti bullying policy and is built into our curriculum.
All Key Stage 2, children follow a well-planned computing programme regarding online safety. There are also some excellent resources delivered by the NSPCC 'share aware' campaign, if you would like to view the resources please click on the following link:
One of these websites may be useful to you if you have any questions about your child's safety online:
Click on the PDF image for a link to a Parent Advice Checklist from Think-U-Know.