At Clapham Terrace, we believe that teaching our children how to stay safe online is extremely important. All children in our school are taught how to keep themselves safe when using the internet and how to use online devices safely.
Each year group learns Online Safety within our Computing Curriculum. We also actively participate in Safer Internet Day each February and hold Online Safety Assemblies, where the children share what they have learnt about keeping safe online.
We have a pupil voice group called COST (Carl’s Online Safety Team) including 2 pupils (COST Cadets) from Year 1 to Year 6. COST meets every half-term with Mr Filby (Our Online Safety Officer) to improve our school online safety provision.
Online Safety Tips
We hope the following tips are helpful at home. Some may seem irrelevant for the youngest children but it’s wise to be prepared.
- Tell your child to tell a trusted grown up if they feel worried about anything they experience online.
- Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to.
- Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used.
- Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience.
- Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends, including any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images.
- If your child receives spam or junk email remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus or an inappropriate image.
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
Online Safety Websites
To help adults keep up with the fast pace of the ever changing world of technology, Warwickshire ICT Development Service are offering guidance, giving online safety advice for Parents and Carers.
Click here to view information of Digital World Online Safety
You may find these websites useful if you wish find out more about internet safety:
- www.thinkuknow.co.uk – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own educational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
- www.kidsmart.org.uk– Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children’s internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
- www.saferinternet.org.uk – Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online.
- www.nationalonlinesafety.com – Safety guides on the latest social media apps and platforms.