The internet is a fantastic resource and can be helpful to children and young people in lots of ways, but they can put themselves at risk without realising it.
Parents need to know the GOLD rules:
G – Ground Rules: parents must have ground rules.
O – Online safety: activate security settings.
L – Location: keep the computer in the family room. Prevent your child from using tablets in his/her bedroom, alone. Set time limits.
D – Discuss: talk to your child about what they are doing on the internet.
Children are taught the SMART rules:
S – Safe: stay safe online by not giving out personal information.
M – Meet: meeting someone you have met online could be dangerous. Online friends are strangers.
A – Accepting: don’t accept emails or messages from people you don’t know.
R – Reliable: people online might lie about who they really are. Only chat online to your real-world friends and family.
T – Tell: tell someone (parent, carer, trusted adult) if you are worried about any online issues.
Safety on the web:
Millbrook Primary School would encourage all parents and children to visit the CEOP website (Child Exploitation & Online Protection) to build knowledge of how to stay safe online.
This website has lots of fun activities from which children can gain vital information on staying safe.
Click on the link:
A great alternative to Google search engine for children to use is www.kiddle.co. Sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements, as they filter sites with explicit or deceptive content.
- Never reveal information, either their own or others, such as home address, telephone numbers and personal e-mail address etc. Or use photographs of themselves on their web pages unless the parent/guardians have given permission to do so.
- Never meet people in person that they have contacted on the internet without parent/guardians permission.
- Notify their teacher whenever they come across information or messages that are dangerous. Inappropriate or make them feel uncomfortable.
- Be aware that the author of an e-mail or web page may not be the person they claim to be.
Online Safety Information
Children at our school use the internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular eSafety activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
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Below are a few links to some very useful information regarding e-safety for parents, carers and children:
Think U Know – containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
Internet Safety Zone – Look in the ‘Under 13s’ section for useful safety advice and information.
Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
Know IT All – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
Childline – ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
BBC Stay Safe – Test your Internet safety knowledge with Hacker and help the Horrible Histories gang stay safe online
Net Smartz Kids– Click on the image opposite to visit the Net Smartz Kids website for lots of e-safety activities.
Childnet International – website to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”.