Safe Use of Technology
We take online safety very seriously across the Wroughton Primary Federation . Your children regularly receive lessons and reminders on how to stay safe and how to behave when using the internet. Click on the links for information to help you keep your children safe when using the internet outside of school.
The technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face. Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family.
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ThinkUKnow - Help for all ages from CEOP
The CyberSmile Foundation - Help With Online Apps
Our children are constantly encouraged to use modern technology to support their learning; therefore, we teach them to be safe and expect them to follow the rules below to protect themselves and their friends.
- I will ask permission from a member of staff before using the internet;
- I will only use my login and password, which I will keep secret;
- I will not access other peoples files;
- I will use the computers only for school work and homework;
- I will not bring disks into school unless I have permission;
- I will only e-mail people I know, or my teacher has approved;
- The messages I send will be polite and sensible;
- I will not give my home address or phone number, or arrange to meet someone, unless my parent, carer or teacher has given permission;
- To help other pupils and myself, I will tell a teacher if I see anything I feel is inappropriate or I receive messages I do not like;
- I understand that the school may check my computer files and may monitor the Internet sites I visit.
We take the safety of our pupils in all aspects of their life very seriously. Within that remit we are committed to educating our young people to be safe internet users and in supporting parents with this very important skill at home too.
In school we have an internet safety code of conduct that all pupils and staff are expected to adhere too. We have strong and constantly updated filters in place to protect and govern internet use. All computers are enabled with the dolphin facility. The dolphin floats on all out computer screens all the time and if the children see something that they are afraid of, unsure or or feel is inappropriate they can click on the dolphin which will fill the screen with a pleasant picture and enable them to alert a teacher.
- I will only bring a mobile phone into school if my parent, carer or teacher gives me permission to;
- I will keep my phone switched off on the school premises and will only use it if my teacher gives me permission to in an emergency;
- To help other pupils and myself, I will tell a teacher or my parent if I see I receive messages I do not like.
Below is a link to articles from Parent Info, which provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s well-being and resilience. Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone.
- Parent Zone was founded in 2005 and has a track record of providing information, support and advice to parents. In recent years, Parent Zone’s work has focused on the impact of digital technologies on families. They provide information, resources and training for parents and those who work with them. CEOP is the child protection command of the National Crime Agency. CEOP reaches over three million children and young people a year through its Thinkuknow education programme and regularly conveys its vital online safety messages to over 100,000 practitioners (such as social workers, teachers and police officers) registered to their network, who cascade these messages directly to children and young people.
How to Deal with Concerns
If you are concerned about your child’s safety please do come and speak to your child’s class teacher in school. If you are worried that a crime has taken place online involving your child then you can also report it to CEOP (a police led online crime and safety service).
CEOP always recommend the following:
- If you need urgent help, i.e. your child is in immediate danger such as meeting a stranger they have met online, then call 999;
- Don’t delete any emails, images or conversations related to this report;
- Don’t contact the suspect yourself: let the police do the detective work.
Most sites will also have their own report buttons or facility to block people and pages that cause you concern.
It is advisable to look at the website of your broadband provider or contact them as many of the large providers have restrictions and controls that you can put in place to restrict your child’s use of the internet in your home. You can also action restrictions on individual devices.
Internet Explorer does have parental/family settings. Please follow instructions below to set parental controls:
- Open Internet Explorer
- Select “Tools” from the toolbar
- Select “Internet Options”
- Choose the “Content” tab
- Click “Enable”
- Adjust the slider to select the level you deem appropriate for your child
- Save changes
Firefox has an add-on called ‘Fox Filter’ which can be applied.