Online Safety Guides for Parents
Our school regularly speaks to pupils about the importance of being safe on the internet, and reiterates this when any specific issue arises. We follow the advice from trained safeguarding experts and also from the Government and police. As a school, we recommend that parents/carers follow the age settings on any social media site and do not allow children accounts without the ability to check on their activity.
The school has provided below a list of basic parental guides to any issues brought to our attention relating to specific sites/activites/games, but we recommend parents and carers follow the internet safety checklist shown (taken from Internet Matters)
We also provide a monthly online safety guide – past issues can be found here.
- Agree boundaries
Be clear what your child can and can’t do online – where they can use the internet, how much time they can spend online, the sites they can visit and the type of information they can share. Agree with your child when they can have a mobile phone or tablet.
- Explore together
The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about what they do and what sites they like to visit. If they’re happy to, ask them to show you. Talk to them about being a good friend online.
- Put yourself in control
Install parental controls on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. Set up a user account for your child on the main device they use and make sure other accounts in the household are password-protected so that younger children can’t access them by accident.
- Use airplane mode
Use airplane mode on your devices when your child is using them so they can’t make any unapproved purchases or interact with anyone online without your knowledge.
- Stay involved
Encourage them to use their tech devices in a communal area like the lounge or kitchen so you can keep an eye on how they’re using the internet and also share in their enjoyment.
- Talk to siblings
It’s also a good idea to talk to any older children about what they’re doing online and what they show to younger children. Encourage them to be responsible and help keep their younger siblings safe.
- Check if it’s suitable
The age ratings that come with games, apps, films and social networks are a good guide to whether they’re suitable for your child. For example, the minimum age limit is 13 for several social networking sites, including Facebook and Instagram. Although sites aimed at under-10s like Moshi Monsters and Club Penguin also have social networking elements.
You can also report any areas of major concern relating to online abuse or communication to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection command) which is part of the National Crime Agency.