We value computing greatly within our school and provide the children with a range of experiences to aid their learning. As part of this, want our children to Be SMART online. The Internet is an invaluable resource which enables us to gain knowledge, develop skills, create relationships and have fun. However, in an ever-changing world, it is vital that children are provided with the knowledge and skills to use the Internet safely and appropriately.
At Dubmire, we are committed to keeping children safe when using the Internet. To do this, we take endeavour to take every opportunity to promote Online Safety including having Online safety pupil agreements which the children sign; taking part in Safer Internet Day; displaying key safety information across the school; and equipping our children with the latest safety information during lessons and in assemblies.
However, in many cases, most of a child’s Internet usage happens away from school. Therefore, we feel it is important that parents and carers are equipped with key information which could keep themselves and their children safe online. Here is some useful information for setting up Internet filtering and parental controls https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parental-controls-offered-your-home-internet-provider
Our Online Safety pupil agreements
Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but provided is advise for safer searching and some links to “safer” search engines:
Google provides a safer search option for children searching on the Internet. You can find out how to do this by downloading instructions here
Kidsmart.org.uk also offer some excellent advice on safer searching.
Social media, gaming and sharing
More and more, children are using the Internet for sharing photos and video, gaming and communication. You’ve probably all heard of Facebook, Instagram WhatsApp and Fortnite but what about Google Hangouts, Kik and Yubo? NetAware provide a range of helpful guides about social media, gaming and communication apps and websites which children are using.
More information on keep children safe when gaming can be found by clicking the links below:
The NSPCC and O2 have teamed up with the aim of making us more aware when using the Internet. The Share Aware section of the website includes videos, guides, tips and support for keeping children safe online.
Click on the links below to access other websites which include a wealth of resources and support to help make the Internet a safer place.
Links for children
Think you know - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
The Cyber Cafe (cyber safety for 8-10 yr olds) - http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/
Hector's World (cyber safety for 5-7 yr olds) - http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7
UK Safer Internet Centre - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
KidSmart - http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/parents/
CBBC OwnIt - https://www.bbc.com/ownit
BBC Webwise - http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/topics/safety-and-privacy/
Newsround - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/13908828
Click Clever, Click Safe - Gives you a guide to help you enjoy the internet safely
CyberMentors - CyberMentors is all about young people helping and supporting each other online
Links for parents
Internet matters - https://www.internetmatters.org/
Childnet International - https://www.childnet.com/
Parent info - https://parentinfo.org/articles/all
Vodafone digital parenting - https://www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting.html#
Vodaphone parenting magazine - https://www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting/parents-and-carers/digital-parenting-magazine.html
CEOP - http://www.ceop.police.uk/
Internet Watch Foundation - https://www.iwf.org.uk/
Childnet - Childnet International’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for childreN
Digizen.org - The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is
How to protect your children on their smartphones - https://www.tigermobiles.com/blog/how-to-protect-your-children-on-their-smartphone/