At Beacon Rise Primary School we work hard to educate children about the benefits and dangers of the digital world.
We teach online safety through termly lessons in every year group and an annual E-safety week. We also use specialist providers such as the NSPCC to provide specialist workshops and assemblies for both children and parents.
Useful websites and information for parents to promote online safety at home
- ChildNeT – Top Tips on Gaming
- Internet Matters – apps guide for parents https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/apps-guide/
- NSPCC – lots of useful advice for keeping children safe when they are using the internet, social networks, apps and games. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
- ParentInfo – Lots of Support for computers and other child related topics
- Pokemon Go – useful advice regarding Pokemon Go https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/pokemon-go-parents-guide/
- UK Safer Internet Centre – advice about smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and other internet-connected devices. https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-technology
Vodaphone Digital Parenting Checklists
Vodaphone produce some useful checklists for parents of different aged children to support them with addressing online safety issues. As we are coming up to Christmas and young people may well be receiving technology as presents we thought it might be useful to circulate these.
Under 5 checklist
- START setting some boundaries now – it’s never too early to do things like set limits for the amount of time they can spend on the computer
- KEEP devices like your mobile out of reach and make sure you have passwords/PINs set up on them for the times you might lend them to your child… or for when they simply get hold of them themselves!
- CHECK the age ratings and descriptions on apps, games, online TV and films before downloading them and allowing your child to play with or watch them
- EXPLAIN your technology rules to grandparents, babysitters and parents of your child’s friends so that they stick to them when they’re looking after your child
- REMEMBER that public Wi-Fi (e.g. in cafés) might not have Parental Controls on it – so, if you hand over your iPad to your child while you’re having a coffee, they might be able to access more than you bargained for
- SET the homepage on your family computer or tablet to an appropriate website like Cbeebies
Age 6-9 Checklist
- CREATE a user account for your child on the family computer with appropriate settings and make the most of Parental Controls and tools like Google SafeSearch
- AGREE a list of websites they’re allowed to visit and the kind of personal information they shouldn’t reveal about themselves online (like the name of their school or their home address)
- DECIDE time limits for things like using the internet and playing on games consoles
- BEAR in mind what older siblings might be showing them on the internet, mobiles, games consoles and other devices and agree some rules as a whole family
- TALK to other parents about their views on things like what age to buy kids a mobile and don’t be pressured by your child into letting them use certain technologies if you don’t think they’re old enough or mature enough… no matter how much they pester you
- FAMILIARISE yourself with age ratings and descriptions on games, and apps etc, so that you can be sure your child is only accessing age-appropriate content
Useful websites for children to encourage online safety at home
- CEOP – Receive help and advice as well as the option to report any instance of sexual contact or harmful material to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
- Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
- 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).