Updated January 2018
Our children love to use the internet specially to play games and to communicate with their friends. The way they start using computers and the guidance they are given at this young age can set them on the right path to being safer in later life.
At our school we ensure that our children are taught the basic tips of Internet Safety in every year group.
We recently had an Internet Safety Day. It was run by Paul Hay who is an expert in Internet Safety. Paul worked with the teachers to lead an assembly and run class lessons.
For the younger years, we use a cartoon which was created by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (CEOPs).
You can see the cartoon on YouTube by clicking here.
It tells the children the 4 Top Tips they need to remember.
- Top Tip 1 : People you don’t know are strangers. They’re not always who they say they are.
- Top Tip 2 : Be nice to people on the computer like you would in the playground.
- Top Tip 3 : Keep your personal information private.
- Top Tip 4 : If you ever get that ‘uh oh’ feeling, you should tell a grown-up you trust.
Click here to download and print your own poster http://www.pclstraining.com/app/download/2634043/Sids+Top+Tips+Poster.pdf
For the older year groups, we had a special lesson to help them understand social media and how to be careful using it.
They were shown a video to help understand.
You can see that video on YouTube by clicking here
We also held sessions for parents. It is important for all parents to learn about how children use the internet so they can carry on the discussion with their own children at home.
Paul has provided links to useful sites to learn more about Internet Safety and watch other related videos. Here is the site
Paul is also happy for parents to contact him with any questions you may have.
"Digital Parenting" magazine
An organisation called Parentzone have created a great magazine for parents to help them understand how young people use the internet and provide help.
Surfing Safely is a general guide aimed at proving parents with practical advice about staying safe as a family that covers a very wide range of topics. Click on the cover image to download:
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – UK online safety site of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre with lots of information and activities
ShareAware – a terrific resource from the NSPCC, who come into school regularly to work with our children on staying safe.
www.net-aware.org.uk – information about apps, sites and games that children come into contact with from Minecraft to Facebook
www.getsafeonline.org – UK site providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobiles device and your business against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online.
www.childnet.com – a range of resources for primary and secondary schools, for children and young people, for teachers and for parents
www.netsmartz.org – an American online safety site with activities for children, young people, parents/carers and professionals
www.wiredsafety.org – an American internet safety site with lots of information and activities