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.
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. Here are a few useful tips and websites to provide information about how to help you keep your children safe online:
National Online Safety National Online Safety | Keeping Children Safe Online in Education
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National Online Safety Parent User Guide
UK Safer Internet Centre (http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers )
This site advises you to take four steps:
1. Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
2. Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings
3. Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
4. Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents' Guide to Technology
Other useful sites:
Think you know: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Primary/
Parent Info Parent Info | From NCA-CEOP and The Parent Zone
Childnet Parents and carers - Childnet
Digizen Digizen - Parents
Remember… The rules and conversations you have now will set the tone for your child’s internet use as they get older.