Useful Online Safety Websites
Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in children’s lives. At Shirehampton Primary School, we aim to educate children on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. It is essential that all children gain the confidence and ability that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world. We recognise that the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology and social media is through education. Finding the right balance with technology within education is key to a healthy-life style. We will ensure that children are aware of the possible risks when using the internet through a series of online safety assemblies and specific lessons as well as making sure the rules are displayed in each classroom.
22-23 Term 1 Update
This term, children in both FS/KS1 and KS2 engaged in the delivery of an online safety assembly. The assembly delivered in FS/KS1 taught children about in-app purchases through online gaming. The assembly delivered in KS2 taught children about 'healthy gaming' and what it means to be safe, responsible and sensible online. Both assemblies addressed the advantages and drawbacks to online gaming. Children in KS2 were particularly surprised to learn that children aged 8-12 spend 1 hour and 30 minutes on average per day gaming on a computer, console or mobile phone!
In addition to this, children have engaged in a series of online safety lessons this term. Children in KS1 have learned about what is meant by a 'digital footprint' whereas children in LKS2 have learned about the TEC (Think, Evaluate and Choose) tool to help decide what is safe and secure online. Children in UKS2 have learned about copyright. The feedback from children learning about online safety this term has been positive.
Safer Internet Day 2022 Update
Safer Internet Day 2022 at Shirehampton Primary School was a success! The theme for the previous academic year was 'All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online'. As a school, we celebrated children's role in creating a safer internet and the ways they can influence relationships and respect online. Children of all ages, from EYFS to Year 6 and Canberra Class, took part in celebrating this important day. We used storybooks as a stimulus for learning. Our younger children enjoyed learning about balancing internet use with offline use whereas older children in KS2 learned about the idea of sharing content online and how quickly things can be shared. Shirehampton Primary School's very own Computing Council worked effortlessly to promote a safer internet in producing well-designed posters for parents for the end of the day event. A big thank you to Computing Council for their hard work in spreading the important message about how to be safe online! We look forward to Safer Internet Day 2023!
How to support your child at home
At Shirehampton Primary School, we understand that online safety can be daunting for parents and carers, as you may have concerns about your understanding of the topic and their knowledge of latest developments. It is important for parents and carers to understand that e-safety is more about their parenting and communication skills than technology. At our school, we recognise that it isn’t enough to protect children from online harms by simply banning sites or installing firewalls and filters. It is crucial to maintain an open and ongoing discussion about online safety at home/as a family/with children. (Assiter, Avery and The Education People, 2018b).
We know that social media services are popular with young people of all ages. Parents have an important role in helping prepare their children to go online before they start to use social media platforms. Together you can look at the key things they need to know about staying safe online. It is important to educate children and ensure they understand that it always better to wait until the required age to join any social media service. These rules around age relate to privacy, but also are relevant to safety. The following social media sites are age restricted:
WhatsApp - users now need to be 16
Tiktok - 13 (and anyone under the age of 18 must have parents' permission)
Facebook - 13
Snapchat - 13
Instagram - 13
Twitter - 13
Skype - 13
YouTube - 13 or older to have their own YouTube account (there are no age restriction for watching videos on YouTube but children should be closely supervised)
Many parents are keen to support their children to become safer internet citizens, but are unsure of where to go for advice. Below, you will find links to really useful websites.
National Online Safety (NOS) - What parents need to know
https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides The guides are updated weekly. The guides can be accessed via their online website or social media pages. You might even find one or two of the guides in Shirehampton Primary School's newsletter!
NSPCC - Talking to your child about online safety
NSPCC - Helping your child to manage their mental wellbeing online
NSPCC - Setting up parent controls to help keep your child safe online
Harmful behaviour or inappropriate content
If you need to support your child with any harmful behaviour or content they have seen online the following website are really helpful.
Internet Matters: Get tips on how to use tech tools to filter and block inappropriate content on children’s device and what conversations to have to keep them safe online.
NSPCC: Sometimes, innocent searches can lead to not so innocent results. And sometimes, children may look for things because they're curious. It’s important to know how to reassure children and young people and help them know what to do and where to go for support if they see inappropriate content online.
Childline: Getting images removed.
Our safeguarding and child protection policy and behaviour policy can be found on our policies page on the website.