Online experiences are inspiring and informing our pupils every day. We wish to encourage an open and honest dialogue within our school community that helps everyone to make informed choices, enjoy all that the Internet has to offer and stay safe in the process. At school we refer to this as being SMART.
Safer Internet Week
The theme was 'Free to be me' - celebrating ways to explore our identity and be creative online. Children took part in a school-wide project to develop personal avatars. We learnt that avatars area great way to express ourselves online without the need for sharing personal photographs. Here were some of our favourite designs:
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection website. If you have a concern or wish to make a report, their advisors will make sure you get the help you need,
Conversation starters Here are some useful tips that will help you strike a positive note with your child and move the discussion on to issues such as sharing and online identity.
This new video-sharing app is the talk of the town... and the playground. Users are required to be aged 13 or over but until there is a legal obligation on social media platforms to protect children, we need to make sure our children know how to navigate privacy settings and filter harmful content.
How to help your child make the most of their time on and offline.
Want to know more?
These sites provide content dedicated to keeping children safe online and supporting parents and carers to make informed choices:
UK Safer Internet Centre:- Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online.
Internetmatters.org:- A not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to empower parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world.
ThinkuKnow:- Thinkuknow is the education programme from National Crime Agency-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
parent INFO:- Parent Info provides support and advice to parents, with contributions from the leading experts and organisations in matters related to young people and families in a digital world.
Lgfl:- support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online.
Net Aware:- Support and advice from the NSPCC
Swiggle:- A child friendly search engine. Consider adding this to your bookmarks or even making it your homepage.
Common Sense Media :- Reviews for what your kids want to watch (before they watch it).
Safetube - Enables you to watch YouTube videos safely, removing age-inappropriate content