Online safety guides for parents
Keeping your children safe online is of the utmost importance. In school we teach the children to stay safe online by: only using safe search engines, only accessing material which is age appropriate and monitored by a responsible adult. We teach the children to shut and tell: if they see or access anything upsetting, inappropriate or if someone is trying to find out their contact information, they should shut the laptop, tablet, phone or any other device and tell an adult immediately.
At school online safety is taught through age appropriate videos created by 'Thinkuknow' which is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. These videos support teachers and parents to help keep children safe online.
We also use the 'Education for a connected world' (EFCW) which is a framework created by the Department for Education.
The Education for a Connected World framework describes the Digital knowledge and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages of their lives. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it.
The document supports one of the key aims of the government’s Internet Safety Strategy of supporting children to stay safe and make a positive contribution online, as well enabling teachers to develop effective strategies for understanding and handling online risks. (taken from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-for-a-connected-world)
The website links below have lots of very useful and important information to help keep your children safe online at home. Please take some time to look through and make yourself familiar with ensuring you have the appropriate filters, privacy settings and age restrictions on your computers and devices at home.
Using safe search at home is a very easy way to protect your children from inappropriate content and making the internet safe for your children to use more independently.
Miss Brown recently held a computing curriculum meeting. This presentation included the early years foundation stage curriculum for technology, the KS1 national curriculum computing programme of study, how computing is taught at Portway Infant School and also the importance of online safety for all. Please click on the link below to view the presentation. Some of the information was sourced from the UK safer internet centre.
The document below details a range of social media apps available on a range of platforms include iPhone and android. Please familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions of these applications as they possibly be very inappropriate for children.