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St Mary's CEVC Primary School recognises that Information and Communication Technologies and the Internet are fantastic tools for learning and communication that enhance the curriculum and support creativity and independence. Using technology to interact socially and share ideas can benefit everyone in the school community, however it is important that technology is used safely and responsibly and as such online safety is an important part of the children’s education and is embedded in their learning at school.

Keeping Children Safe Online NSPCC/02 resources:

 

The NSPCC and 02 have joined forces to help keep children safe online. Call our helpline, visit an O2 Guru or explore our online safety advice for everything you need to keep children safe online.

 

NSPCC-02 helpline:

 

A free adult helpline has been developed to provide people with expert advice on keeping children safe online. The helpline is available on: 0808 800 5002. People can also book to speak to an ‘02 Guru’ face to face in one of the 02 stores. For more information visit: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/about-us/partners/nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership/.

 

Innocent Searching campaign

Innocent searches online can lead to not so innocent results. But parental controls can help keep your child safe

 

Parental controls:

For help and guidance on parental controls see: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls/

 

Video on safety using Minecraft: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA_9nckZYLM&feature=youtu.be

Advice on talking to your child about staying safe online: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-your-child-staying-safe-online/. This includes what to do if you are worried about your child’s safety online, for example, taking inappropriate pictures, sharing personal information and more.

 

Share Aware: Help your child stay safe on social networks, apps and games. This includes a parent’s guide to talking to your child about what to share online, videos to support this, advice on what children use social networks for, age guidance and what to look out for: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/

 

Share Aware guidehttps://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/advice-and-info/share-aware.pdf

Children at Eastover 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. We are also working towards our 360 Degree Safe accreditation.

 

At home, many children are often given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them into their homes.

 

Some tips:

  • Explore e-safety sites - There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?
  • https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2017 - supporting Safer Internet Day 2017.
  • 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).
  • Kidscape UK - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.

 

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