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Online Safety at William Austin Infant School

 

Why

All children use computers at school, at home or in places like libraries and clubs, and schools are keen to use the benefits of the internet to support children’s learning. Many children are now beginning to explore this exciting online world at a very young age. The internet provides children with excellent opportunities for learning and communicating with friends, but sometimes, children don’t realise that they can be as much at risk online as they are in the real world. This information aims to help you keep your children safe online by providing information on the risks and what action you can take to protect your child when they use the internet.

 

What you can do

 

 

Faced with all these risks, you may be tempted to just stop your child from using the computer, but most children will be able to access the internet in other places or even on mobile phones. The best thing to do is to teach your child how to keep themselves safe online and take the following action yourself;

  • Talk to your child about the dangers of using the internet, show an interest in what they are doing and agree your own ‘golden rules’.
  • Let your child know how important it is to tell you about any suspicious contacts or incidents of cyber bullying so you can take action.
  • Teach your child the basic rules of “netiquette”, behaving responsibly on the internet and keeping messages polite.
  • Let them know what kind of sites they can and can’t visit and try to encourage them to only use regulated chat rooms and social networking sites that are designed for their age group.
  • Take an interest in their online activities; talk to them about what they are doing, don’t let them access then internet unsupervised.
  • Contact your internet service provider (for example; BT, Virgin etc) for advice on family security settings and parental controls that can filter internet content, block viruses or spam email to your computer or limit access to certain websites.

Enforcing the use of the PEGI ratings on games and films http://www.pegi.info/en/index/id/33/Children should only have access to age appropriate content and this also needs to be monitored by an adult.

Use a child-friendly search engine such as Safe Search to block out unsuitable websites. http://primaryschoolict.com

 

 

What we do in school

 

 

Our school computer system is designed to protect your child from many of these risks by blocking children’s access to unsuitable websites and supervising computer use in the classroom. Lessons based on online safety are taught throughout the year, with the help of Hector the Protector. Hector and his underwater friends promote the skills and values children need to grow into confident, knowledgeable and caring members of the online community – the ‘building blocks’ of digital citizenship.

 

Use these links to the Think U Know website for further resources 

Our lead teacher for computing, Miss Crawford along with the family workers ran an online safety workshop for parents in September. Details from this workshop can be found in the Parent Engagement tab.

 

Golden rules

  • To make sure they stay safe online, you should teach your child:
  • Not to give out personal details online, such as their name, address or school, or anyone else’s personal details
  • Not to upload photographs or information onto social networking sites unless you agree.
  • Not to arrange to meet people they have only met online.
  • Not to open attachments to emails unless they know and trust the person who sent it.
  • Not to buy anything off the internet without your permission.
  • To only use a webcam with people they know and trust.
  • To tell you if they receive any messages or material that makes them feel uncomfortable.

 

If you have any queries about supporting your child using the internet or und erstanding PEGI ratings on games and films please contact Mrs Cullen or Miss Crawford.

 

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