Masefield Road, Hartlepool, Cleveland TS25 4JY
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As we continue our home/schooling provision it is vitally important that our children stay safe online. When children use the internet in school they are always reminded of the possible dangers and what steps are necessary in order for them to stay safe. Our school has an acceptable use policy (available on our school website) which children, parents and staff must adhere to whilst working with technology and would encourage you to have these in mind whilst supporting your child online with their work.
Please be assured that the Seesaw app that we are currently using as our learning platform is safe and accessible for our children.
Explore together: Ask your child to show you their favourite websites and apps and what they do on them. Listen, show interest and encourage them to teach you the basics of the site or app.
|Chat little and often about online safety: If you’re introducing them to new learning websites and apps while school is closed, take the opportunity to talk to them about how to stay safe on these services and in general. Ask if anything ever worries them while they’re online. Make sure they know that if they ever feel worried, they can get help by talking to you or another adult they trust.|
|Parental controls: Use the parental controls available on your home broadband and all internet enabled devices in your home. You can find out more about how to use parental controls by visiting your broadband provider’s website.|
Help your child identify trusted adults who can help them if they are worried: This includes you and other adults at home, as well as adults from wider family, school or other support services who they are able to contact at this time.
Encourage them to draw a picture or write a list of their trusted adults. Be non-judgemental: Explain that you would never blame them for anything that might happen online, and you will always give them calm, loving support.
Supervise their online activity: Keep the devices your child uses in communal areas of the house such as in the living room or kitchen where an adult is able to supervise. Children of this age should not access the internet unsupervised in private spaces, such as alone in a bedroom or bathroom.
Talk about how their online actions affect others: If your child is engaging with others online, remind them to consider how someone else might feel before they post or share something. If they are considering sharing a photo/video of somebody else, they should always ask permission first
|Use ‘SafeSearch’: Most web search engines will have a ‘SafeSearch’ function, which will allow you to limit the content your child can access whilst online. Look out for the ‘Settings’ button on your web browser homepage, which is often shaped like a small cog.|
Having regular conversations about what your child is doing online - just like you would their day at school - is the best way to keep them safe. You'll be able to spot any problems, encourage them to come to you if they’re worried and make sure they know what’s ok to share online - and what’s not.
In school we take keeping safe online very seriously and it is effectively integrated into our curriculum. Within our school network we have monitoring software on all the children's and staff computers. This 'Forensic' software monitors internet filtering and misuse of computing resources. This will help keep the children safe as well as helping enforce the schools Acceptable User Policy.
Below are a list of websites and links which provide useful information about how you can help keep your child safe online.
WEBSITES FOR PARENTS:
WEBSITES FOR CHILDREN:
Children aged 4-7 : https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/4_7/
Children aged 8 - 10: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/
USEFUL PARENT GUIDES:
All guides are credited to Connect Safely (https://www.connectsafely.org/)
Activity and screen time for babies and toddlers (https://www.nhs.uk/news/pregnancy-and-child/who-guidelines-screen-time/)
TikTok 'family safety mode' gives parents some app control (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51561050)
New Guides for Parents:
We have seen an increase in the number of children accessing online platforms during this time. To support your understanding of how these plaftorms work, here are some additional user guides.
If you have any questions regarding Online Safety please contact Mrs Stephenson, Computing and Online Safety Lead.