Online spaces, games and media form a large part of life for young people growing up today. It offers a platform to connect with others, connect with others and to learn.
Of course there are risks associated with being online, as there are with all aspects of life.
One of the best ways to help young people to stay safe online is to talk to them about what they do. If you understand the situations they encounter you will be better placed to offer them advice on how to deal with them.
Equipping children with the know how to stay safe whilst enjoying and benefiting from all that the internet has to offer is at the forefront of our computing curriculum and safeguarding policies. The conversations you as parents/carers have at home with your child about esafety issues are paramount to your child staying safe online. Online gaming is a popular hobby that many children enjoy. However, it is also a place where children can be exposed and vulnerable to a range of online dangers. It is also important for children to be aware that social media platforms should not be used by children at primary school and understand the potential hazards of doing so.
To help raise awareness amongst children of potential dangers, how to stay safe online and what to do in the event of any worrying or uncomfortable online experiences, we are asking parents to talk to their children about these issues. The following websites provide useful advice, resources for conversations, tips on parental control for online devices and what to do if you have concerns about your child’s online activity.
UK Safer Internet Centre https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers
Childnet International http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
It is through raising awareness and having regular conversations with children both in and out of school that we can help foster a strong understanding and culture of openness about online safety issues and how to tackle them.
Nothing is more important to us than the safety and welfare of our pupils. We take rigorous steps to ensure that children stay safe and do not come to any harm. We work closely with parents / carers and a range of professional external agencies in order to secure this.
Visit the website saferinternet.org.uk to find information for parents and a resources pack
Click here to read the latest guide for parents about children's online gaming
Chester Park Junior School Online Safety policy 2017
Year 5 watched and discussed a programme about Cyber Bullying. They then discussed just how important it is to take care when posting a photo of themselves online and worked out just how many people could access their photos if they weren't careful!
As part of their Safer Internet Day Learning, year 6 created their own rules for Safer Internet Use.
NSPCC have some really useful resources for parents for online safety:
Click here for Share Aware online resources.
We have had a new e safety website recommended to us:
Chester Park Junior School is using the 360 degree safe self review tool which is intended to help schools review their e-safety policy and practice.
"360 degree safe is a well-designed, user friendly, online tool for schools to review their e-safety provision. It helps them identify strengths / weaknesses & develop an improvement action plan". Nominet Award Winner - Making the internet safer awards
Online safety is a priority here at Chester Park Junior School, follow this link to find out more about how to keep both you and your children safe when using the internet.
http://www.swgfl.org.uk/Staying-Safe -advice for parents about key e safety topics such as social networking as well as guides showing how to set up filters and parent settings.
Games and internet safety activities covering the safe use of mobile phones, email, instant messaging, on line forums. Help your children to be cybersmart and how to keep themselves safe!
http://www.saferinternet.org.uk- includes advice and resources for young people, parents and carers.
Tuesday 7th February 2017 is Safer Internet Day. The class activities have focused on the power of pictures and images online.
Have a look at some of the ways we have been teaching the children to stay safe online.