Online Safety


Staying Safe Online

As you all know, Eppleton Academy Primary School is currently closed, other than for children of Keyworkers, in response to the current situation with coronavirus (COVID-19). Because of this, we know that parents and carers are having to increasingly manage their child’s use of technology and help them learn remotely. This can feel overwhelming so we thought it was important to share some Online Safety advice and resources with you. Thank you for your continued support Stay safe Mrs Bushby

Childnet- For 3-7 year olds and For 7-11 year olds

As your children spend more time at home and are going to be online more than ever, Childnet have pulled together a list of easy-to-use resources. They are broken up into ages and include quick activities, films and plenty more fun ways to engage your children. From identifying fake news to online bullying – there is plenty for you to use and adapt for your family.

Childnet

Parental Controls

It is also important to be aware that parental control tools and filters are not always 100% effective and you can’t rely on them alone to protect your child online. It’s important to monitor and supervise your child’s online activities; where possible access should take place in a family area, but this will depend on the age and ability of your child.

The internet provides vast opportunities for children, both educationally and socially, especially during the current situation. As adults, it is important that we acknowledge the many wonderful and positive opportunities the internet provides for our children; we just need to steer them in the right direction. The Eppleton Staff have made recommendations and will continue to do so throughout the school closures however we are aware that there are many, many other sites out there offering a wide range of educational resources in addition to our recommended ones. It is important you make appropriate checks on anyone online offering educational support to you and your child; whilst many people will be acting with good intentions, it’s important that we are all vigilant when children are using the internet and act together to ensure they are protected from anyone who may pose a risk to them.

Here are lots of resources that you as a parent/carer can use to ensure your child is safe online

Think U Know:

The National Crimes Agency Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) have a website which is suitable for children aged 5-16 and a section just for parents/carers with advice and information.

Think U Know

NSPCC

The NSPCC have produced resources for parents, including Net Aware, a tool which reviews some of the most popular apps. The website has helpful advice for parents about issues such as online grooming, ‘sexting’ and cyberbullying. They also provide a helpline for parents: 0808 8005002

NSPCC

ChildLine

The ChildLine website has a wide range of info and advice on both online and offline safety. There is info about online gaming, grooming which can be shared with children. They also provide a helpline for children: 0800 1111

ChildLine

UK Safer Internet Centre

Safer Internet Centre provides a wide variety of advice and guidance to help you discuss online safety with your children. There are useful checklists for privacy settings on social networks and suggestions to consider before buying devices for your children.

UK Safer Internet Centre

Childnet

Childnet has resources, including videos and storybooks, to help you discuss online safety with your children. It includes advice on setting up parental controls, cyberbullying and setting up a family agreement for safer internet use.

Childnet

Internet Matters

Internet Matters bring you all the information you need to keep your children safe online. It has a tool which guides you through how to set up parental controls on all the different devices in your home to protect your children.

Internet Matters

Parent Info

Parent Info provides information to parents and carers about a wide range of subject matter, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’

Parent Info

BBC “Own It” Website and App

The BBC Own It Website aims to help children aged 8-13 “be the boss” of their online lives. The website has a range of videos and activities to explore with children and even has a helpful app which can be installed on children’s devices to help them use technology responsibility

BBC “Own It” Website

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