Keeping children safe online is an important part of safeguarding their wellbeing. Please find below a number of websites and links that support parents/carers' awareness of the dangers online. There are also links which explain how you can support your child in keeping safe when using the internet.
The key areas supported here are:
- The safe use of the internet for each age group
- Support with social media for our Y6 children
- Support with a wide variety of popular apps
- Support with console and online gaming
All staff here at Clyst Heath have agreed to be online role models within school, and we hope you will support us in continuing this at home.
Please take the time to read the advice given and help promote a healthy and sensible use of the internet.
Internet Matters is a non-profit organisation backed by many the UK’s most prominent internet industry players. Their mission is to help keep children safe in the digital world. Many of the guides for download here are graciously taken from the site's expansive support system.
To subscribe to their eSafety newsletter, follow this link.
To view their up-to-date eSafety guides, follow this link.
Alternatively, here is a selection of their guides, current to October 2017:
www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers Childnet is a non-profit making organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and children’s safe and positive use of the internet are addressed.
Here is their link directly to the Primary School advice pages for young people.
Apps, Books, Films, TV:
www.commonsensemedia.org is a clear site offering advice and guidance regarding a wide range of TV, film, books, websites, apps and games.
"Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives."
Below is a link to the Screen Time guide from Internet Matters, which is also a good read in regards to tablets and screen usage for young children.
Social Media is a growing part of everyday life for both adults and young people. It is crucial to understand the excellent opportunities this presents, but also to be aware of the potential dangers that are also present.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency's CEOP Command. Find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they're chatting to online.
Internet Matters Social Media Guides This page provides a wide range of information on many popular social media sites and apps.
Here are a selection of key guides and social media age limits to be aware of:
Gaming is growing each year, with more access to tablets and phones, which now sit alongside more traditional consoles and PC games. Each game offers it's own immersive experience, and can often seem enticing to young people even if they are rated for older individuals.
PEGI or Pan European Game Information provide ratings for most games on sale in the UK. Their mission is 'to ensure that entertainment content, such as films, videos, DVDs, and computer games, are clearly labelled by age according to the content they contain. Age ratings provide guidance to consumers (particularly parents) to help them decide whether or not to buy a particular product.' Information on the symbols shown below can be found here.
Further ratings information can be found here on askaboutgames.
For more assistance in selecting the best possible games for your child, please look out for these symbols.
Askaboutgames also offer helpful family guides to games and how to implement parental controls for gaming.
Alternatively, here is a link to the latest 'Good Gaming Guide' from Askaboutgames:
Other Useful Links:
Bullying.co.uk One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.
Getsafeonline.org A beginners guide to using the Internet safety, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to ‘stay safe’ on-line.
NSPCC Online safety advice and tools to use at home from the NSPCC.