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Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Otley Primary School. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our e-safety policy. Online Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work together with parents to ensure the online safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
It’s essential to be realistic - banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
We realise that knowing how to keep your children safe on-line at home can appear daunting, so we do our best to provide information for parents as well as for the children:
Parents/Carers are invited into school when their child is in class 3 for a learning together session on internet safety. This gives children and carers the chance to talk together about the important issues surrounding e-safety.
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on Facebook settings, Xbox360 settings, Blackberry controls, jargon busting and many more 'How to Guides'. Well worth a read!
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online. The “Thinkuknow” website is also brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre. Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online.
Top Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe Online
Talk to your child about what they’re up to online.
Encourage your child to go online and explore!
Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online.
Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world.
Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space.
Know what connects to the internet and how.
Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.
Help your child to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends - personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family and friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone could be looking at their images!
If your child receives spam/junk email and texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain - it could be a virus, or worse, an inappropriate image or film.
Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
Teach your child how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.