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10th February 2021 - Safer Internet Day
Dear Parents and Carers,
At Old Basford School, we take pupil’s safety very seriously, this is at home, in the community, at school and online. Today is Safer Internet Day and all pupils will have completed an activity based on this theme, whether at school or via remote learning.
To support you as adults, listed below are some websites, videos and activities that you can use to continue to increase your child’s understanding of being safe online, as well as develop your own understanding. We are all aware many children know more than we do as adults, but it is our job as parents to try to educate ourselves and keep up to date with new apps, devices and games that they might be using.
www.net-aware.org.uk - This website has some fantastic resources and videos to support discussions with children.
www.internetmatters.org/resources/esafety-leaflets-resources - This website has videos and parent guides to support your understating about age appropriate screen time, gaming, online bullying and general online safety.
www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers - This website can support with setting parental controls and developing knowledge of social media sites.
www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety - The website gives you advice on how to tackle difficult conversations with your child about online safety.
Please also find attached:
- An online safety word search
- An online safety quiz
- An online safety poster
These resources do not need to be completed, but might help you start a conversation with your child. If you need any further support with your child’s online safety, please contact school and speak to one of the safeguarding team.
Advanced Designated Safeguarding Lead
At Old Basford School we aim to provide the children with a computing curriculum that develops them as safe internet users. Children learn the SMART rules and they are displayed around our school. We have a planned, progressive and well thought out e-safety curriculum that we deliver to our pupils and we often spend time addressing issues, concerns or current trends within our classrooms. We will start our school year with the online safety unit of our computing curriculum. We will also be taking part in Safer Internet Day on the 9th February 2021.
AGE RESTRICTED SOCIAL MEDIA
Although we try to discourage the use of age restricted social media apps and websites, we are aware that some children in our school use apps like Facebook, YouTube and Instagram at home. These apps have an age restriction of 13 as they pose some safety risks to children. In KS2 we teach the children how photographs and messages they put on the internet are there forever and available for the whole world. We also discuss the issue of cyber bullying and the importance that they tell an adult straight away if they feel uncomfortable whilst online.
For children who do use social media, text messaging, emails and youtube we encourage them to be digital citizens by abiding by the THINK statement.
Drama Club 2019 have created two wonderful videos to help explain the smart rules to our children. Take a look at these below.
HELPING YOUR CHILD STAY SAFE ONLINE - LINKS AND RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
We know how demanding it can be to find the time when you're a busy parent, and also just how daunting it can be to try and work out if the information you've found online is up-to-date. That's why we were so pleased when Internet Matters launched last year.
InternetMatters.org is a portal dedicated to making sure all parents are only a click away from advice, tips and support about online safety for children. The information is divided into age-appropriate sections to help you talk to your child about the issues and technologies they'll come across as they grow up online. From setting your parental controls to teaching your child how to be a good friend online, you'll find a wealth of information so that you can spend less time researching and more time having fun with your family. Clink on the link below to access their free resources.
THE WEBLINKS BELOW PROVIDE CHILD FRIENDLY RESOURCES, GAMES, VIDEOS AND POSTERS THAT YOU CAN SHARE WITH YOUR CHILD AT HOME.
WHATSAPP AND SNAP CHAT GUIDANCE
We have been made aware of some issues with children using WhatsApp and Snapchat outside of school. WhatsApp has an age restriction of 16+ and Snapchat has an age restriction of 13+ so it is recommended that children of a primary age do not use them. However, if you know your child uses them, as discussed in the NSPCC parent meeting it is very important that you monitor there use at home.
Please see the links below for a WhatsApp Safety Guide.
There has also been an update to the Snapchat app which means it is possible for people your child is friends with on the app to see their EXACT location in real time. This can pose a huge threat for children who may be friends with strangers. The update can be switched off. Please see the guidance below. It is important we make sure we keep out children safe in the real world and the online world.