E-Safety – Information for parents

Internet use is part of the statutory curriculum and the school has a duty to provide quality internet access as part of our student’s learning experience.

This access is carefully supervised and monitored within school and safeguards and filters are in place to ensure that the information the children can access is safe and appropriate.

Full details are available via the schools E-safety policy which you can download at the bottom of this page.

Technology is advancing at a rapid rate and although this creates fabulous opportunities for online enjoyment and communication it is not without risk. With this in mind we have created links to a range of websites where parents and carers can access information about how they can protect their children from online dangers.

E-Safety

Internet Matters Internet Matters is a new website giving up to the minute information to enable parents and carers to keep their children safe online.  It includes advice appropriate to children of all ages about the types of activities they may engage in whilst using technology and the issues which could affect them.
Smart Rules We teach children about internet safety using the SMART rules by Kidsmart. To download the SMART rules for yourself click the image opposite.  The website also has lots of videos, quizzes and downloads to make learning about E-Safety fun.

DO

  • Set your privacy settings so only people you know can talk to you and see your profile on social networking sites (Facebook, Ask.fm, Twitter, Instagram, etc).
  • Enjoy chatting to new people but be aware that some people don’t tell the truth about who they are.
  • Use a nickname when playing online games against people you don’t know.
  • Keep your personal information, like your full name, address, age, school, etc., when talking to people you don’t know in person.
  • Tell an adult if someone says something or does something that makes you feel uncomfortable.

DON’T

  • Don’t meet up with anyone you don’t know who you have met online.
  • Don’t share photos or videos that could upset someone, or post nasty things about others online. This is called cyberbullying. If anyone does this to you, tell an adult straight away.
  • Don’t spend too much time on the internet or your phone. Make sure you take a break as often as you can, or at least every 45mins.
  • Don’t feel pressured to send pictures or videos of yourself that make you feel uncomfortable.
  • Don’t hesitate to tell someone if you’ve seen something that you wish you hadn’t. There are lots of websites that contain pictures or content that can be disturbing.

REPORT IT!

If someone says something to you that makes you feel uncomfortable, sends you rude pictures of themselves or asks you to do the same, or threatens you—report it to the police at ceop.police.uk

REMEMBER

You must be 13 or over to open a Facebook account!

USEFUL CONTACTS

Protect yourself – www.getsafeonline.org

Educate yourself – www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Get advice – www.cybermentors.org.uk

Talk to someone – Childline 0800 1111

Report it – www.ceop.police.uk

Buckingham Primary Academy is committed to promoting the safe and responsible use of the internet and as such we feel it is our responsibility to raise the issue of underage use of Facebook as a particular concern. Websites such as Facebook offer amazing communication and social connections but they are created with their audience in mind. Facebook’s terms and conditions state that all users must be 13 years or older.  As such we recommend that parents do not allow their children to have their own personal profiles online.

If you should decide to allow your child to have a Facebook profile we strongly advise you to be aware of the potential risks posed to your child. You may want to consider the following points.

  • Check their profile is set to private and that only approved friends can see information that is posted.
  • Closely monitor your child’s use and talk to them about safe and appropriate online behaviour such as not sharing personal information, clicking on unknown links, installing applications and not posting offensive messages or photos.
  • Set up your own profile so you understand how the site works and ask them to have you as a friend on their profile so you know what they are posting online. Have a look at the advice for parents/carers from Facebook www.facebook.com/help/?safety=parents.

Make sure your child understands the following rules:

  • Always keep your profile private and never accept friends you don’t know in real life.
  • Never post anything online which could reveal your identity or anything you wouldn’t want your parents to see.
  • Only click on links that you trust and always ask an adult first if you are not sure.
  • Never agree to meet somebody you only know online without telling a trusted adult.
  • Always tell an adult you trust if you feel threatened, see something that makes you feel worried or someone upsets you online.
  • We recommend that all parents visit CEOP’s Think U Know website for more information on keeping your child safe online www.thinkuknow.co.uk.

 

With so many internet ready devices now available it is difficult to know how best to make sure that your child can only access appropriate material online.  With this in mind we have put together a list of links to information about how to set parental controls on some popular devices and websites.  If there are any others which you think we need to include here please get in touch!

Apple Devices https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201304

BBC iPlayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/guidance

YouTube https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/174084?hl=en

PS4 http://manuals.playstation.net/document/gb/ps4/settings/restrict.html

PS3 http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/basicoperations/parentallock.html

XBOX One https://support.xbox.com/en-GB/browse/xbox-one/security

XBOX 360 http://support.xbox.com/en-GB/xbox-360/security/xbox-live-parental-control

XBOX Live http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/parental-controls