Staying Safe Online
More and more children are accessing the internet, at school and at home. At school we place e-safety as a high priority and teach the children how to stay safe online but we know that for parents, safety on the internet at home is a concern. We've put this page together to give you advice and information about how to help your child keep safe online but if you have any questions or concerns, speak to your child's teacher or email email@example.com to speak to Mrs Campbell, the school's E-safety Officer.
A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation as a whole family about how the internet should be used safely and responsibly when online at home, at school or at a friend's house.
To support parents in creating a family agreement Childnet International have put together some free advice and a helpful family agreement template for families to use as a starting point.
Please find below two documents to help you create your own family agreement
Family agreement template
Family agreement advice
Children at Abbey Hey use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Information and resources Parents factsheet
Information and resources parents conversation starters
Supporting young people online
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 in our Children's Zone. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?
- Facebook / Bebo / Myspace - 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 Skoodle, 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.
Download our eSafety Posters:
- We have these e-safety posters on display in our classrooms. Why not put one up next to the computer at home and talk about it with your children?
Download our eSafety poster for KS1 (4-7 year olds)
Download our eSafety poster for KS2 (7-11 year olds)
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).
- 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.