IT & Online Saftey
We live in a Internet connected world, most homes have several devices and ways they can connect to the Internet to exchange information, this is also the case at Chesswood. The school has many policies to protect pupils when using technology at Chesswood. We are also committed into helping parents to protect pupils when using the Internet and devices at home. We understand it can be difficult to restricted and know what your children can see on the Internet.
We believe that educating children on what the Internet is and what to do if they find something that upsets them is the best way to make the Internet a fun and safe place for all.
Advice for Parents:
Recently there have been many stories about various challenges, dares or threats online. These stories are based on an urban myth / hoax which circulates every few months. Whether that is the case or not, please do not show any scary images from social media, YouTube or the newspapers to your children in order to talk about it, and do not mention the challenge by name. Instead, talk about what to do if they see something scary or someone dares them to do something stupid or dangerous; ask them if they would tell someone and who; make sure they know never to forward these things to their classmates.
If you are concerned or know your child has seen something online that has upset them there is advice on what to do on the 2 websites below:
If you are concerned or want advice about online safety issues please contact the school or you can call the NSPCC’s free helpline 0808 800 5002.
Speak to your child about the importance of not contacting strangers online, regardless of the method.
Setting privacy systems on devices with your child is a great way to have this conversation and agree on precautions to take.
Keep having open conversations about online activity and take an interest in what they are doing online.
Keep an eye on device usage – there are lots of tools that can help you to do this, check in with them if you notice anything unusual or you are not sure about.
Ensuring your child’s privacy and security settings are set to be as secure as possible, both on their devices and the apps/games/sites they are using. There are lots of helpful guides and support that can help you to do this. This will help to prevent your child coming across anything distressing online.
Ensure your child knows they can speak to a trusted adult should they see anything that upsets them or should they come across any dares, challenges or threats online.
If your child has been affected by dangerous online crazes or any other online content please contact the school or you can call the NSPCC’s free helpline 0808 800 5002.
Other Useful Online Safety Websites
|UK Safer Internet Centre||Tips, advice and resources to help children have a safe time online.|
|The Breck Foundation||Training for parents, pupils and teachers.|
|NSPCC Share Aware||Resources for parents and teachers.|
|Net Aware||Up to date guidance on social media sites and apps.|
|Childline||Information and advice service for children and young people.|
|CEOP||Reporting and recording concerns.|
|Thinkuknow||CEOP website for pupils – games and activities to promote online safety.|
|PEGI||Detailed recommendations regarding the age suitability of game content.|
Below are some great guides explaining some of the most used social media and apps that you may come across, more guides can be found on the National Online Safety website here