Children at Middleton use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular 'e-safety' curriculum activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. We also supplement this with assemblies and workshops from a trained CEOP ambassador member of staff.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of material (both good and bad) and bring it virtually into their homes.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
- Explore e-safety sites - There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children at the KIDSMART website (www.kidsmart.org.uk). They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?
- Facebook / Twitter / Instagram/Snapchat - Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them. They do not offer the same levels of protection as our school email system, allowing children to communicate with anyone.
- Keep your computer in a shared area - Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
Some links to more information:
- Think U Know - containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
- Parent Info - a new website launched by CEOP and the Parent Zone to advise parents on current e-safety issues.
- Vodafone Parents - Vodafone have lots of fantastic practical advice for parents. You can also read their 'Digital Parenting' magazine.
- Internet Safety Zone - Look in the 'Under 13s' section for useful safety advice and information.
- Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
- Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
- Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
- Kidscape - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
- Childline - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.