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New Updates on Internet Safety
It is really great to stay in touch with our friends and family online. As a family, how are you keeping in touch with loved ones? At Woodingdean, we would like to ensure that children are talking safely online to their loved ones.
talks through how to stay safe on video apps, including zoom and house party.
Do you, or your child, have:
- A tablet
- A smart phone
- A laptop or computer
- A smart TV?
With life being such a juggle at the moment, it is important to think about the risks of video and live streaming for our children. The NSPCC has produced some thought-provoking guidance on the risks of live streaming and video apps:
Please check all age restrictions!
Is the app appropriate for your child?
Age restrictions are there to protect children
Online safety activities you can do with your children
Here are some tips from the NSPCC for keeping your child safe:
- Keep talking to them about what they are doing online and how they can stay safe. Let them know that they can come to you if they are feeling worried or upset by anything they have seen online.
- Explore apps and sites together so that you can understand why they are using certain livestreaming or video apps. If they want to talk to friends, arrange to be present for the live stream so that you can gain a greater understanding of who they are talking to and the content.
- Agree what is appropriate together when using apps, sites or games.
- Check your settings so that the privacy and location settings are used properly to keep them safe.
This clip https://www.bbc.com/ownit/about-us/geek-dad-advice has some great advice for parents on how children can stay safely connected during lockdown. This poster shows seven ways of starting conversations about online safety with your child.
TikTok, particularly, has soared in popularity as an app and has created some really ingenious content that has been shared and enjoyed by many. This website https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/tiktok/ has looked closely at the risks associated specifically with Tiktok and advice on using it safely. Take a look at this poster which summarises the key information.
If you are worried, concerned or do not know what to do about e-safety, please contact Mrs Fish or your class teacher. Our aim is to make sure that every child, and parent in every family knows all about e-safety and remains safe online.
You will be aware the internet hosts many exciting opportunities for education. The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of and which we should all act to protect them from. As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our students’ development but always want them to spend their time online safely. As a parent/carer you can play a significant part in ensuring this.
By following just a few simple steps you can help keep them safe and give young people the awareness to know what to do if they feel uncomfortable about anything they encounter while on the internet.
If you do not wish for your child to be able to access any inappropriate content online, please ensure that their computers, laptops and other devices with internet access are all fitted with parental controls. Please remember to consider other relatives where your child may access the internet!
You can find free downloadable versions online or you can contact your internet service provider (such as BT, Talk Talk, Sky) for more information.
As a minimum, please set parental controls on your search engines, youtube account and the mobile phone your child uses.
One of the most popular search engines in the world is Google. You can visit Google’s informative safety centre for simple step by step guides - www.google.com/familysafety/tools
Here are a few options available to you; they truly are simple to set.
Visit the Google home page – www.google.co.uk and click on the ‘search setting’ tab in the top right hand corner.
Scroll down the page and change the filtering options to suit your family’s needs. Make sure you lock the safe search; otherwise these settings can easily be changed without your knowledge.