Online Safety

We value Computing within our school and encourage our children to experience different ways of accessing mobile technology. From laptops and iPads through to games consoles and bee-bots, our children are able to access a wealth of resources and explore different technologies to suit their learning styles.

With all of the potential that the online world and new technology offers, young people now have access to huge opportunities. They use technology to express themselves, explore, and be creative; technology has changed the way they communicate. The Internet has changed all of our lives, and your child has grown up during this change. Many of the things that confuse, baffle or even scare us are part of the everyday life for them. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.

Whether you’re a technology lover or hater, it’s still likely that you’ll be playing catch-up with the way your child is using the Internet. You might be wondering whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking about how you can watch out for them as well in their online activities as you do in other areas of their life?

Below we have provided some resources to help. There are videos from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), who also have their own very useful website at http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents . In addition to these resources, there is also a very helpful guide to Facebook at http://www.connectsafely.org/pdfs/fbparents.pdf.

The online safety of our children is of paramount importance to the school and something that we monitor and revisit regularly. Staff are trained on online safety ensuring that they are up to date with new information and best practice.

Stay safe at home

One way of making the internet safer to use at home is to use a ‘safe search’ search engine. Below are links to search engines designed for children to use on the internet.

www.safesearchkids.com
www.kidsclick.org

And below is a link to the education version of YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/education

We encourage parents to set up filtering on their home internet. To learn how to do this for the major internet providers please click the text below.

Setting up Internet Filtering and Parental Controls

We also suggest parents take time to visit this website which will provide information on: Snapchat, Facebook, Netflix, Minecraft and Mobile internet devices.

See the Resources and Downloads section below.

Concerns

If you have any concerns or problems regarding your child and online safety please contact Mrs Williams or Mrs Higgins via office@beecroftacademy.co.uk (marked for the Online Safety Co-ordinators attention)

Our school offers an open door policy so please discuss any concerns with your child’s class teacher or with Mrs Williams our Online Safety Co-ordinator. A meeting can be arranged before or after school time if needed.

Remember you can also report any online concerns to CEOP via their online safety centre.

Resources & Downloads

Below you will find some useful likes and resources which can help you support your child stay safe online.

ThinkUKnow

Kidsmart

E-Safety Advisor

File icon: pdf Online Safety magazine DITTO-January-2018 [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Digital Safeguarding Christmas Advice [pdf 276KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Keeping Young Children Safe Online [pdf 578KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Online Safety Guide [pdf 615KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Young People and Social Networking [pdf 740KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Online Gaming - Guide for parents and carers [pdf 578KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Information and Online Resources Factsheet [pdf 475KB] Click to download

Roblox and Fortnite - a guide for parents

Click Below to view Vodaphones Digital Parenting magazine - very interesting and informative articles and guidence to help you keep your child safe online.

http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk