If you have children, it is understandable to have concerns about the ﬁlms and TV shows they watch, as well as the games they play. In this guide, we take a look at the two oﬃcial ways you can assess if a particular title is suitable for your child.
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day 2019 was celebrated in the UK on Tuesday 5th February, focusing on the theme of:
'Together for a better internet'
The aim of Safer Internet Day is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day will focus on how consent works in an online context and will ask young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.
Last year two of our children represented The Brent by writing and performing a song with other children from schools in the area. This can be listened to by clicking on the music notes.
Written by Jeanne Willis, an award winning children's author and illustrated by Tony Ross whose artistic talents have brought Horrid Henry to life.
The #Goldilocks book is a modern twist on the classic fairy tale and offers a fun and accessible way to discuss responsible social media use with children from the age of seven. It explores #Goldilocks getting into trouble with the three bears over her pursuit of likes on social media and aims to help educate children about the potential consequences of being unkind, getting carried away with selfies or oversharing images in a light-hearted way.
Today children and young people tend to know more about mobiles, the internet and social media than adults. O2 and the NSPCC have written a guide which is available on their website at www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc to help adults understand what young people really do on their mobiles and the internet; and to help parents talk to their children openly about the risks, so they know how to protect themselves.
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.
We have produced a booklet giving further advice on e-safety. Click here to read.
Talking to your child – openly, and regularly – is the best way to help keep them safe online. You might find it helpful to start with a family discussion to set boundaries and agree what's appropriate. Or you might need a more specific conversation about an app or website your child wants to use or something you're worried about.
2Simple have put together an informative guide to help parents support their child to grow into a responsible digital citizen who is able to keep themselves safe, while at the same time, getting the very best from the digital world.
Hector the Dolphin helps us to stay safe at The Brent! Parents, you can download Hector for your own computer here.
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.
You may have seen on the news. Please be aware and read the factsheet for information on how to help protect your child against online videos that are able to slip through filtering systems. Seemingly innocent videos, featuring children's favourites such as Peppa Pig and Elsa, show disturbing and violent scenes which are inappropriate and frightening for young children.
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.
NCA-CEOP says don't panic, but do respond! Advice to parents on what to do if your child shares a picture online they regret.
Selfies are a new global phenomenon and are often harmless and fun. But selfie-takers don’t always keep their clothes on. With the rise of the selfie has come growing concern about young people taking and sharing revealing photos or videos – often referred to in the media as ‘sexting’.
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 link to these films and further information can be viewed here.
A key component of our Online e-Safety Policy is to encourage children to 'Think, Then Click'. This ensures they consider the kind of material that they may be accessing and ensures they take responsibility for their own eSafety.
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.