Together, we can keep every child safe online.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how urgent it is for us to come together to stop online abuse. Parts of the online world pose an ever-increasing risk to children, and it is important that schools, parents and carers work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers and how to act safely when using the Internet.
Every year, in February, we celebrate Safer Internet Day. The theme for 2022 is '‘‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online". As part of this day, our children will be taking part in a number of activities and class discussions thinking about what we can all do to help make the Internet a safe and respectful environment for all.
We have a number of students who act as Digital Leaders. Their role is to solve technical problems day to day in school but also help teachers, parents and pupils with Computing. Ultimately they will be helping to lead the school towards a safer online world!
Useful Parent and Children Links
The UK Safer Internet Centre has produced some good resources aimed at educating parents/carers about protecting children using different technologies.
Parents Guide to Gaming Devices
Internet Watch Foundation
The IWF is the UK version of an Internet Reporting Hotline. The foundation deals with various types of Internet content, including child abuse, material that incites racism and obscene or criminal materials.
Find out more here.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is part of the Police that aims to tackle child sex abuse in all of its forms. The agency also offers eSafety advice for staying safe online.
Find out more here.
We all have a role to play -NSPCC has lots of advice, tools and resources to help keep every child stay safe online covering topics such as sexting, social media, online gaming, live-streaming and online video apps. There are also resources for parents too explaining how to manage your parental controls and how to keep internet connected devices safe.