Keeping children safe online is a priority of White Cliffs Primary and Nursery School .
We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally. This helps safeguard children from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any Online Safety incidents are reported immediately to the designated safeguarding lead for Online Safety, where it will be fully investigated. If necessary this will be referred to other agencies such as CEOP, Police, Social Services, Prevent.
Online Safety is taught to all children explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the Online Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
The NSPCC delivered an online workshop session for parents. Please follow the link below for further advice and guidance on how to keep our children safe online.
The NSPCC also have top tips on how your family can stay safe online:
Positively online: top tips for online wellbeing | NSPCC
It’s essential to be realistic - banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
A fantastic resource for parents and carers is the National Online Safety website. They provide up-to-date and free training for parents, as well as weekly updates on games and apps regularly used by our children. Please see the link below if you would like more information. We also regularly share their updates and guides regarding E-safety on our school Facebook page.
Online Safety for Parents of Children Aged 7-11 | With Myleene Klass | National Online Safety
E-safety Guides for Schools | National Online Safety
Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:
Kid's Search- http://kidssearch.com/
Kiddle - https://www.kiddle.co/
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.
Websites for more information
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.