Child Exploitation Campaign - Looks Sus? Tell Us!
A series of animations will be shared on social media (YouTube links are below) over the course of the coming weeks
Look Sus? Tell Us: Too Good To Be True?
Look Sus? Tell Us: Unwelcome Attention On Social Media
Look Sus? Tell Us: Game Chat Gone Bad
Look Sus? Tell Us: Message For Parents
Home Learning from Barefoot Computing
There are a range of enjoyable activities, mini missions and interactive learning games designed by teaching professionals for families to do at home with their children.
Safer Internet Day
Tuesday, 9 February 2021 marks the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day with actions taking place right across the globe. To support this day, Dorset Police has created the presentation below to offer you advice and information to help stay safe online.
Coronavirus Guidance, Resources and Tools
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to cause enormous disruption in the UK and around the world. Schools are now attempting to provide education to children at home and, for many, continuing to support children of key workers and vulnerable children in school. Parents have to balance work and caring for their children, whilst also trying to support the education process at home. A wide range of tools, advice and resources that can help you with remote learning and keeping safe online can be found at the below link.
Please find the link below that offers guidance on how to actively manage the world’s most popular apps whilst highlighting safety features and parental controls. These include Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram and most recently Netflix.
Please note the following Government weblink that contains the latest news about e-safety:
"We are all God's children and will try to live, love, work and serve as Jesus taught us."
"But all things should be done decently and in order." 1 Corinthians 14:40
It's important to remember that the legal age to have an account on most social media - Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Snapchat - is 13 years old.
E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
You can download the DofE advice for parents on cyberbullying here
You can access the DofE online parents support website called Parent Info here
As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. However 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 below, ‘E-Safety Checklist for Parents’ 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. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few internet sites on this page which are fantastic resources. They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.
Childnet also produce a leaflet for parents, ‘Keeping Young Children Safe Online’ and at St. Joseph’s, we've produced an E-safety booklet with handy tips for parents, ‘E-safety Booklet for Parents - St. Joseph's’. You can download both at the bottom of the page.
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.
At the start of the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. We then ask every child in both KS1 & KS2 to sign an Acceptable User Agreement that we know they have read and understood our school's rules on staying safe. You can read these age appropriate Pupil Acceptable Use Agreements and the school’s E-Safety policy below.
E-Safety & The ‘Safe Schools and Communities Team’ (SSCT)
We use the ‘Safe Schools and Communities Team’ (SSCT) from Dorset Police to run e-safety workshops with some classes every year. In this way, children are reminded of the ‘Zip it, Flag it, Block it’ slogan that is displayed in school at all times. These workshops extend to parents too, in order to encourage our whole-school community to protect themselves. The school’s E-Safety Champion carries out an annual 360 degree e-safety audit – this shows our current rating and at is currently above average compared to over 10,000 schools using this audit.
We also use the SSCT to deliver an annual workshop on preventing bullying. They communicate with Dorset schools regularly and you will be able to find out more about what they do here.
Please see the latest newsletter from the Safer Schools and Communities Team below.
Parent Fact Sheets & Guides To Popular Social Media
Please see the factsheets below for useful parental guides to the following social media.
Checklists and guides for safety and profile settings for a variety of Social Media apps and sites:
Jessie and Friends – KS1
To see the latest information for parents on how to keep their 4-7 years safe on line, please click here.
If you would like to know more information on how to keep your child safe when they are using a smartphone here is a very useful and informative link here
Below are two useful booklets that parents may find useful.
- Young People and Social Networking Sites and
- Supporting Children Online
Internet Safety Resources
There is a great new online safety tool designed for parents launched by the Department for Education called Parent Info. It has advice on everything from keeping children safe from online trolls to WhatsApp - a guide for parents.
Think U Know has a great section for parents and covers topics such as gaming and talking to strangers. You can also search by topic or age range to find information that is relevant for your family. You can find the Think U Know site here.
Internet Matters is another great site to use - it has advice on cyberbullying, how to talk to your children about internet safety and quick guides to different types of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat. You can visit their pages here Internet Matters.
Here are quick links to a range of Internet safety sites that you may find useful too...
Please click on this link to support with keeping your child safe online. A very useful research tool that provides information on all the latest apps, games and films is: Common Sense Media