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.
On this page we offer useful information, tips, tricks and links to help keep you and your children safe.
Click on the images to view our online safety infographic and a flowchart showing the response by the School to an online safety incident of concern from a parent or carer.
New Online Safety Concern
It has been brought to our attention that, nationally, some scary videos are “trending” and have traumatised some children. The risks of children accidentally seeing these videos can be reduced by ensuring devices have appropriate parental controls set up. The https://www.internetmatters.org/ website provides excellent advice on how to do this.
Secondly, and probably more importantly, it is important that your child can talk to a trusted adult if something scary has happened so that they are reassured.
The video from CEOP at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends-videos/, which we have used at school, works well with younger children and may be useful to reinforce key messages. If you have concerns then please talk to Jill Bowe, Louise Burns, Paula Emmerson or Natalie Fitzpatrick.
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Useful websites for parents flyer
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).
ONLINE SAFETY UPDATES & USEFUL LINKS
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 some 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.
BIG RED BUTTON
This is a small e-safety program that when you click it covers the screen up, the intention being that if a pupil sees something unsavoury, they can hide it whilst they get a teacher or trusted adult to deal with it. It is free to download by clicking here.