Our children are growing up surrounded by technology. It is vital that children learn safe and effective uses of vital tools such as the internet and mobile telephones.
Children at Grange Primary use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular ‘e-safety’ activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
How can you protect your child online?
The answer is simple . If you understand the internet and understand what the risks are, there are a number of things you can do that will make your child safer online. There is a lot of information available to parents regarding eSafety on the Internet. Below there is a selection of links to information which we feel will help you to increase your knowledge and understanding of the Internet and what the risks are.
- Facebook / Bebo / Myspace – Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so we recommend that our pupils should NOT be using them. They are not designed to offer the levels of protection necessary for children below the age of 13.
- Keep your computer in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, we recommend that you set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
Some links to more information:
- Think U Know – containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
- Vodafone Parents – Vodafone have lots of fantastic practical advice for parents. You can also read their ‘Digital Parenting‘ magazine.
- Internet Safety Zone – Look in the ‘Under 13s’ section for useful safety advice and information.
- Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
- Know IT All – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
- Bullying UK – Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
- Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.