At Summerfield we understand that the internet is essential in 21st-century life for education, business, and social interaction. As children move up through the school their access to various types of technology increases and it stands to reason that their exploration and curiosity increases too. The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives but children, schools, and parents all need to be aware of various online risks and how to keep themselves safe online.
In school, we use a filtering system to prevent children accessing inappropriate sites. We also have regular 'online safety' lessons to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. But unfortunately, this doesn't extend beyond the school walls so we need your help too!
How can you help keep your child(ren) safe at home:
This, potentially, allows your child(ren) to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
You can help to protect your child at home by keeping computers and iPads in shared areas. This will not only help you be more aware of what they are accessing online but also help your child(ren) develop good bedtime routines.
Talk to your child about what they are accessing online for example social media and find out how they are using it, what they are posting, and who they are talking to.
You may be surprised to find out that some gaming apps that appear innocent also offer chat features which may open your child(ren) up to strangers online. Ask them to tell you about the games so you can find out more about them.
We at Summerfield follow the SMART Rules:
In any normal year, we would invite our Parents in to talk to you all about the importance of Online Safety and the role you play in keeping your children safe online. Unfortunately, this year is a little different so I would ask you to pretend you are at school and go through the PowerPoint included below which offers some important information and guidance on subjects such as:
If you feel you need any further advice on how best to keep your children safe online, please do not hesitate to contact either Miss Atkins (Pastoral Manager) or Miss Walker (Computing Lead) both will try to offer you any advice you need or point you in the direction of further support!
Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:
Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet. You can find out how to do this by downloading the instructions at the bottom of the page.
When children are accessing games via Xbox LIVE, privacy settings can be set up. To read more, click here.
Please click on the icon to go to the relevant site.
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on Facebook settings, Xbox 360 settings, Blackberry settings, jargon busting and many more 'How to Guides'. They are well worth a read and some are attached below for you to download.
The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre.
Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online.
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
ParentINFO is a collaboration between ParentZone and CEOP. There are useful guides and articles on helping your child stay safe online.
The following links and articles contain useful information to support you in keeping your child(ren) safe online.