The internet is a great place to see more, learn more and have lots of fun, however, it can also be dangerous if it is not used responsibly. With the ever growing popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube often know more about you that you might have thought.
In order to help children and young people enjoy the internet safely DCC have developed pocket guides which gives handy tips on how to stay safe online and use the internet responsibly.
Technology is becoming so advanced that you can access the internet in lots of different ways. This is great news for enjoying gaming, social networking, chatting and researching your favourite celebrities. However, while you enjoy the nice side of the internet, it’s very important that you’re aware of the risks involved with such a public and open world. Our simple guide “A young person’s guide to eSafety” (3 pages, 1221kb) teaches children and young people to stay safe by following the ‘Click Clever, Click Safe’ code.
Parents and carers
To help you keep up with the fast pace of the ever changing world of technology, DCC have developed a PDF “Parents guide to eSafety” (8 pages, 927kb). As you would protect your child in the real world, you also need to keep them safe in the virtual world.
ONLINE SAFETY UPDATES
One of the side effects of lockdown has been the increased use of technology. Most children have really benefited from this when in lockdown but unfortunately sometimes it can go wrong. The misuse of technology that some primary aged children have experienced includes bullying, fraud and child abuse. We now need parents to take an active role in keeping their children safe in the online world, just as they would in real life!
The best way of protecting your children is to talk with them about how they use technology, find out about the apps, websites and games they use and make sure they can share any worries they have with you. Both the net-aware and internetmatters.org websites are full of helpful advice.
As a school we take online safety very seriously and children are taught about keeping safe throughout their time in school, so they develop the skills and resilience needed to keep themselves safe online. We should remember that they are still children, they will make mistakes and they will need your support not only to stay safe but to grow and flourish both online and offline.
Below we have listed five useful websites to help support your child staying safe. Please take some time to talk to your children and find out more on the websites below. Parents and carers are also welcome to discuss issues and get support from the school – we will help.
Really useful website covering parental controls, apps and all aspects of supporting parents with technology.
Great website for parents, written by the NSPCC that explains about individual apps and the safety measures they have in place for children
The website for children to get support themselves
Support with radicalisation
More for parents – this site explains how to protect yourself against online fraud – which is an increasing problem.
USEFUL LINKS & INFORMATION
Click the links below to access e-safety guides and tips:
Omegle is a relatively old website also available as an app which has developed a new lease of life, with several TikTok celebrities talking to their fans through the use of the app.
The app randomly connects two strangers for a video chat. It appears that a significant number of chats are of a sexual nature, and the site rates itself as an 18- but there is no age verification process.
As ever the message is for parents to take an interest in their children’s use of technology and to discuss it with them. There are several equally unpleasant alternatives to Omegle so by simply banning the use of one site will not ensure the child’s safety.
If primary age children are using Omegle (or its equivalent) in an unsupervised situation this represents a significant concern
If children have been involved it is important to let them know they are not in trouble, either with the school or their parents, the problem is the adults using the site – they are not being punished, it is just that the site is not safe for young children
If an adult has asked for images of a child, an offence has been committed and the Police should be informed (Offence - Sexual communication with a child – Serious Crime Act 2015 Section 67).