Online Safety

As a parent and carer, it’s natural to want to keep your children safe online. With the increasing use of the internet in education, especially for students with special educational needs, it’s important to be proactive in keeping your children safe while they’re online. Here are some internet safety suggestions from us here at Oak Wood Primary:

  1. Use parental controls: Most devices and internet service providers offer some form of parental controls that allow you to block certain websites and set limits on screen time. These controls can help you monitor your child’s online activity and prevent them from accessing inappropriate content.
  2. Set up a safe search: Enable safe search features on search engines like Google to filter out explicit results. This will help prevent your child from accidentally stumbling upon inappropriate content.
  3. Keep personal information private: Remind your child not to share personal information online, such as their full name, home address, or phone number. Encourage them to use a pseudonym or nickname when interacting with people online.
  4. Monitor social media activity: If your child has a social media account, monitor their activity and friend list to ensure they are not interacting with strangers or sharing inappropriate content.
  5. Use secure passwords: Encourage your child to use strong, unique passwords for all of their online accounts and to never share them with anyone.
  1. Be aware of online predators: Explain to your child the potential dangers of interacting with strangers online, and remind them to never meet up with someone they met online in person.

By following these internet safety suggestions, you can help keep your child safe while they’re online and ensure that they have a positive and enriching experience.

For information on changing settings  internetmatters.org offers a huge range of tutorials and walk throughs to ensure you are as safe as you can be from changing settings with your Internet Service Provider to changing settings on your child’s tablet or gaming device.

We recently ran a survey with some of our students to see what games were being played on their devices. The games that proved most popular were Minecraft and Roblox. Please find below some safety instructions should you require them for these games.

Doing this survey also made us aware of a range of games students may have access to. We ask as a school to please bear in mind PEGI age ratings. These ratings help to inform what content and themes are included in the game and give an indication of suitability. Alongside inappropriate content some older rated games will have heightened risks with the public playing online.

https://www.askaboutgames.com/pegi-age-ratings

We understand that technology can be sometimes difficult to stay on top of. We are very happy to offer support and talk you through internet, game or social media settings and would love to help support you get the settings right for a pro-active enjoyable online experience. So please get in touch with us if you need assistance.

Here are some sites to support online safety understanding

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/interland

https://www.childnet.com

https://www.internetmatters.org

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety/

Teaching Your Child about Internet & Online Safety | NSPCC

Starting the conversation. Talking regularly with your child is the greatest tool to help keep them safe online. Talking regularly and making it part of daily conversation, like you would about their day at school, will help your child feel relaxed.

www.nspcc.org.uk

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/article-internet-use-and-safety

CEOP Education – Thinkuknow

The National Crime Agency’s CEOP Education team aim to help protect children and young people from online child sexual abuse. We do this through our education programme, providing training, resources and information to professionals working with children, young people and their families.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

 Also please use apps such as

BBC Kids iPlayer and YouTube Kids. These help to reduce risks of seeing inappropriate content on phones and tablets and can be locked on these apps using guided access. Below is a link to set up guided access on an iPhone or iPad.  https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202612

YouTube Kids – An App Made Just For Kids

YouTube Kids was created to give kids a more contained environment that makes it simpler and more fun for them to explore on their own, and easier for parents and caregivers to guide their journey …

www.youtube.com

 

iPlayer for Kids – CBBC – BBC

All CBBC – iPlayer for Kids Children aged under-13 can have their very own iPlayer profile, bringing together the best and most amazing content from across the BBC just for you.

www.bbc.co.uk

 

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Oak Wood Primary Safeguarding

Oak Wood Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Warwickshire Safeguarding:

https://www.safeguardingwarwickshire.co.uk/

 

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