On Line Safety at Christmas Time and Beyond Many children may be looking forward to receiving new electronic devices or games under the tree. This is an appropriate time to highlight some simple online safety tips to help parents/carers make safer choices when buying new devices. It may also serve as a timely reminder to consider how all parents/carers can help to keep their children safer online.
We have sent all parents this letter as it is important we work together and reinforce safe behaviour both at school and at home.
Safer Internet Day 2017 On Tuesday 7th February, millions across the UK and globally will be celebrating Safer Internet Day. For parents and carers, Safer Internet Day is a great time to have a conversation with their child about staying safe online. The theme this year is 'Be the Change: unite for a better internet' and young people from across the UK are considering what they can do to help make the internet a kinder place. Perhaps you could talk to your child about what actions they could take to make the internet a kinder place? Often we hear about the negative impact that the internet and new technology has on young people, but on Safer Internet Day we want to celebrate the positives and to explore what we can all do to make sure that all young people have a positive time online. Parents and carers play a crucial role in supporting children to navigate the risks and make the most of the opportunities offered by technology. The most important thing you can do is to have a conversation and stay engaged with your children's digital lives.
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Advice and resources for young children can be viewed here.
At the Brent we know that technology is really exciting. It can let us do lots of fun, interesting and useful things, but it's important to know how to use it safely! As part of the teaching and learning curriculum at The Brent Primary School, your child has supervised access to the internet on a regular basis. We believe that the effective use of the World Wide Web and e-mail is a worthwhile and essential skill for our pupils to become 'life-long learners' as they grow up in the 21st century.
The UK Safer Internet Centre have produced some brilliant How-To guides for parents which show you how to change the safety/child-lock settings on Smartphones, Gaming Devices, Ipads etc. They are very useful and you can find them by clicking here
Hector the Dolphin helps us to stay safe at The Brent! Parents, you can download Hector for your own computer here
Here are some fun e-safety activities which you might want to explore at home with your children:
We have produced a booklet giving further advice on e-safety. Click here to read.
Social Networking: The school has major concerns with any child at The Brent Primary School having a Facebook account as this breaks the legal terms and conditions of Facebook under "Registration and Account Security" article 5 - "You will not use Facebook if you are under 13".Facebook does not provide extensive child security measures for minors because it is not aimed at very young children. Your child is potentially unsafe when using Facebook if you ignore this restriction and lie about their age to gain an account. It is also worthwhile noting that children under the age of 13 do not have the maturity or the ability to deal with sensitive issues that arise through the use of Facebook, nor do they have the understanding that comments posted are permanent.
CEOP have launched 'Nude Selfies: What parents and carers need to know.' This is a series of four short animated films for parents and carers, offering advice on how to keep your children safe from the risks associated with sharing inappropriate images.
The films aim to help parents and carers: - understand young people's motivations for sending nude selfies. - plan to respond positively and constructively to an incident in which your child has shared a nude selfie. - gain confidence and skill in initiating preventative conversations. - identify risky behaviours or situations and know where to seek help. - know how to get help if your child is at risk after sharing an image.
The links to these films are below. We hope you find them useful.
For further information about internet safety and the risks of using online social sites, please see the resources on the Thinkyouknow website run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre.
The NCA's CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such a cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.
Our school Internet Provider, from Kent County Council, operates a filtering system which restricts access to inappropriate materials and procedures are in place for reporting inappropriate material to the correct authorities should the need arise. This may not be the case at home so we have provided information on safe Internet access which we hope you will find helpful.