The internet is essential in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. As children move up through the school their access to various types of technology increases and it stands to reason that their exploration and curiosity increases too. The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives but children, schools and parents all need to be aware of various online risks.
We at Loanhead follow the SMART Rules:
If you would like to share any information or require any further support please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.
Your help is still needed to prevent children accessing inappropriate material at home by way of filters and parental controls. Look below at our extensive list of links and resources for Parents/Carers, Teachers and Young People to help you with your child’s online safety at home.
5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids
Sharing photos, posting comments, playing video games — these are just a few of the ways that kids interact online, but sometimes there are risks. Learn five ways to keep your kids safe on the internet.
Overview of key parental controls
Keeping children and young people safe online is one of the biggest challenges facing society today and it is all of our responsibility to ensure that children are educated to make positive, informed choices when they are online.
Parent Info: An introduction
This video looks at the work of Parent Info, a collaboration between the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command and The Parent Zone. Parent Info is an information service for parents and carers which enables schools to provide high quality advice and information their own websites.
Help and advice for families in a digital world. Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
The CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) logo pictured here is on a lot of social networking sites. It is the Advice, Help and Report button. Clicking on it will take you to their website, where you can easily follow links for help if you are a parent or child. It is excellent, so please try it now!
Highly recommended is the Thinkyouknow website. Click the image to go to the website and get the latest safety information.
This is an education initiative by CEOP – the UKs national law enforcement agency that focuses on tackling sexual abuse of children.
Below are some quick links for parents to some key questions and Top Tips in their ‘Growing up online’ section.
Childnet International – Guidance for Parents, Teachers and Young People
This contains detailed information regarding specific topics such as social networking, online grooming, gaming and downloading.
A simple and effective way to get involved with your children and their lives online is through discussion. Why not use our conversation starters for parents and carers to get the ball rolling? Click on the picture above.
CBBC Stay Safe
CBBC Stay Safe is a super internet survival guide for you and your child/ren. Here are the tips and tricks you’ll need to stay safe online, beat the cyber-bullies and become a super-surfer.
NSPCC Share Aware Campaign
Launched in January 2015, this campaign aims to raise awareness of how to help your child stay safe on social networks, apps and games. They have a useful guide to the social networks young people are using on their Net Aware website:
Links for Parents/Carers
Ask About Games – Advice on computer gaming and how to apply parental controls
- Early Years e-safety – help introduce young children to the idea of internet safety
- Get Safe Online – Advice and guidance on Safety online
- Vodaphone Safety – Advice from Vodaphone
- Yahoo Safety Tips – Advice from Yahoo
- CBBC Safe search – Excellent Child friendly Search engine for Primary Schools
- NEN Image Gallery – for images to use in the classroom
- TeacherTube – Video Sharing website
- Edublogs – Blogging in Schools
- Easywhois – Useful website to check who registered/owns a website
- All about Explorers – Teaching children to evaluate reliability of online information.
- That’s Not Cool – advice on digital relations for KS2/3/4
- Windows family safety – Set up Windows safety controls.