Children at Wellfield use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
- Explore e-safety sites - There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children in our Kids Zone. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?
- Facebook / Bebo / Myspace - Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them. They do not offer the same levels of protection as Skoodle, allowing children to communicate with anyone.
- Keep your computer in a shared area - Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
With the ever growing number of children now having access to online streaming via a mobile phone or Xbox, it is important to be able to keep children safe online at school and just as importantly at home. If you would like some advice about the opportunities and risks presented by the online world and encouraging open and confident discussions with your children, please click on the links below:
We are becoming increasingly aware that children are using the online app TikTok. Please see the poster below which explains some of the rules around TikTok and the dangers which are apparent within the app.
Download our eSafety Posters:
- We have these e-safety posters on display in our classrooms. Why not put one up next to the computer at home and talk about it with your children?
Download our eSafety poster for KS1 (4-7 year olds)
Download our eSafety poster for KS2 (7-11 year olds)
Some links to more information:
- 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).
- Vodafone Parents - Vodafone have lots of fantastic practical advice for parents. You can also read their 'Digital Parenting' magazine.
- Internet Safety Zone - Look in the 'Under 13s' section for useful safety advice and information.
- Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
- Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
- Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
- Kidscape - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
- Childline - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
- Safe Internet - Keeping Young Children Safe Online (UK Safer Internet Centre) - A useful eSafety Guide for parents
- BBC Webwise - BBC Webwise is part of the BBC website with help & support for all aspects of internet safety.
- Avoid Ratting - Avoid Ratting - Remote Access Trojans
- Digizen - This provides information for educators, parents, carers and young people. It will help strengthen your awareness.
- Google - A guide from Google to show parents how they can protect your family online
- YouTube Safety Centre - A guide from YouTube about safety guides.
- CyberSmile - The Cybersmile Foundation website (The Cyberbullying charity)
- Parental Controls - How to set up the parental controls offered by your internet provider (UK Safer Internet Centre)
- Childnet - The site contains information about positive ways young people are using different technologies
- Webcam Safety - This is about webcam safety online from the BBC Webwise website
- Knowthenet - This is a knowledge centre website about online safety.
- CyberBullying - Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying
- Intsergram - A parents guide to instergram