Online Safety Guidance

This page outlines some useful websites and actions you can take at home to support your child in using the internet safely. The information has been collected from a range of resources which are approved and supported by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection). They have their own website (linked below: Think You Know) which provides videos and support to help your child understand how to use the internet safely. We use some of these resources and videos in school to enhance this understanding too.

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If you or your child have any problems or concerns of abuse online, then the Think You Know website has a CEOP reporting feature which allows you to report and detail what you have experienced. Every case is followed up and investigated. To make a report of online abuse you can use the link below.

Report abuse

Mobile and Tablet Safety

If your child has access to a tablet or smartphone regularly and independently then a useful app which you may wish to download is called ourpact (available for apple and android devices). This app allows you to set parental controls such as blocking internet access or access to certain apps, it can also allow you to set up specific times which your child is allowed to use the device. For more information please visit the website www.ourpact.com

Image result for lego lifeSome of you may be aware of this app and your children may be using it. Tom, an Education Officer at Childnet International has written a blog about the new Lego Life app which is aimed at children under 13. The blog considers what the app offers and how children can use it safely. 

The Education Safeguarding Team have received notification of apps that have been highlighted of concern by Surrey Police. 

One of the apps is called 'Monkey'. Users are connected at random to engage in a 10 second live video chat. They can add more time or add the person to Snapchat to continue the connection. The content of the videos can be explicit or abusive and children and young people are vulnerable to exploitation through the opportunity for private chat with people they don't know. We are aware that this may not apply to our age range of children but the app looks child friendly so we thought you should be aware.

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Youtube

As you may have seen in the media recently there have been issues raised about children's youtube videos being tainted with adult content. The app below is useful for filtering out these videos Please read the document at the bottom of this page for more information. The normal version of youtube is directed at adults and can link children on to other videos once the video they were watching is finished. Not all of these videos will be relevant or appropriate for your child. There is a youtube kids app available which gives children access to age appropriate videos. The app is available for apple and android devices. Find out more at https://kids.youtube.com/

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Games Consoles

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Nintendo Switch is a new console which was launched in the UK in March 2017 and allows gamers to play both at home and on the go as a tablet. Childnet have produced a useful guide on parental controls for the Nintendo Switch to support the safe use of the console. It is possible to set parental controls to monitor use, restrict features depending on the child's age, monitor time spent using the device and suspend activity when this is exceeded.

Online Safety Tips

The website www.internetmatters.org provides guidelines for parents on how to support your child in using a wide range of resources online and the risks that they could be exposed to at this age.

Below is a video which gives some E-Safety tips for you to follow which are also bullet pointed underneath.

Internet safety checklist for young children

Agree boundaries

Be clear what your child can and can’t do online – where they can use the internet, how much time they can spend online, the sites they can visit and the type of information they can share. Agree with your child when they can have a mobile phone or tablet.

Explore together

The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about what they do and what sites they like to visit. If they’re happy to, ask them to show you. Talk to them about being a good friend online.

Put yourself in control

Install parental controls on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. Set up a user account for your child on the main device they use and make sure other accounts in the household are password-protected so that younger children can’t access them by accident.

Use airplane mode

Use airplane mode on your devices when your child is using them so they can’t make any unapproved purchases or interact with anyone online without your knowledge.

Stay involved

Encourage them to use their tech devices in a communal area like the lounge or kitchen so you can keep an eye on how they’re using the internet and also share in their enjoyment.

Talk to siblings

It’s also a good idea to talk to any older children about what they’re doing online and what they show to younger children. Encourage them to be responsible and help keep their younger siblings safe.

Search safely

Use safe search engines such as Swiggle or Kids-search. You can save time by adding these to your ‘Favourites’. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines, as well as YouTube.

Check if it’s suitable

The age ratings that come with games, apps, films and social networks are a good guide to whether they’re suitable for your child. For example, the minimum age limit is 13 for several social networking sites, including Facebook and Instagram. Although sites aimed at under-10s like Moshi Monsters and Club Penguin also have social networking elements.

Safe Searching

As your child progresses throughout this school and their Junior school then they may be required to access the internet for research purposes. To do this they will probably use a search engine which will give them a whole wealth of information, many of it not being useful or relevant and could link them to other sites which could put them at risk. There are search engines and specific sites designed for children to use for these purposes which are linked below. Try them out and see what you think.

KS1 Search Engine:

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DK 'Find Out' Encyclpoedia

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KS2 Search Engine

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Other Useful Websites

Please see the following links for additional advice: 

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/have-a-conversation

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3b6y4j

The NSPCC have launched an updated version of their popular resource, Net Aware. The site, run in partnership with O2, provides online support for parents including a guide to the 39 most popular apps, social media sites and games used by children and young people.

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Please check this page regularly for any updates on how to keep your child safe online

Below are some useful documents to support the information above such as how and why to use the kids you tube app, guidance on social media safety for yourselves and how to keep you child safe online.

  1. Keeping Under Fives Safe Online
  2. YouTube Safety Factsheet
  3. Facebook Privacy Settings
  4. Online Safety updates and advice Feb 18