Online Safety and Covid-19 School Closures
Due to the current school closures, children are potentially spending more time online completing online learning tasks and also playing games and communicating with others. It is of paramount importance that this is supervised and that any concerns that either children or parents have are reported. The CEOP button can be used to do this and can be found on the bottom of any page on the school’s website. Further advice on reporting can be found here: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/need-help
Online Safety Information for Parents
We take the safety and security of our children very seriously at Shibden Head Primary Academy. This includes their online safety.
The internet is a fantastic resource, but accessing it can mean that users are faced with risks. We understand that many of our pupils access the internet on a frequent basis, so we work closely with them to make them aware of the dangers and learn how to keep themselves safe. At regular intervals throughout the year, children will be taught lessons relating to online safety. Our computing curriculum also has internet safety interwoven throughout each topic. In addition, children take part in online safety workshops delivered by the Bradford Cyber PCSOs and attend termly online safety assemblies. We mark Safer Internet Day each year and are responsive to online safety issues that arise throughout the year.
We are conscious that some children access social media platforms and play online games that are not age appropriate and open them up to being targeted or bullied. Whilst we do not condone the use of these, in Key Stage 2, our online safety lessons do cover how to deal with online bullying and unwanted and inappropriate contact from strangers.
Online Safety Resources
- The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
- A well-known website which investigates and offers help to children who might be in danger of abuse, bullying, or who are otherwise targeted inappropriately is C.E.O.P. – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre run by the UK police’s National Crime Agency. You can find the C.E.O.P. button at the bottom of our home page.
- A website run by C.E.O.P. It contains online activities for children which help to educate them about the dangers they could potentially face when online and how they could deal with them.
- NSPCC – Online safety
- The website of a well-known charity that offers lots of practical advice about keeping children safe online as well as hints and tips about how to discuss issues with your child.
- A highly useful website that is run by NSPCC. It allows parents to search for information about social media platforms, apps and games. It provides information about age ratings as well specific risks that children may face to help parents make decisions about allowing their child access to the selected app or game.
- South West Grid for Learning
- A charity website that give advice on how to make the most of what the internet has to offer whilst staying safe online.
- Childnet International
- A website offering hints on tips about how to help your child stay safe online.
- A particularly useful document can be found here: http://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Supporting-young-people-online.pdf
- Common Sense Media
- This website provides details of recommended age ranges and descriptions of different games and apps as well as films, books etc.
- Google Safety Centre
- One of the quickest ways that inappropriate content can be assessed online is through the use of search-engines. Google is, by far, the most popular search-engine. They provide a family safety advice area.
- Digital Parenting; a Guide to Safer Gaming
- Great Heights Digital Parenting Guide
- Schools in the Great Heights partnership have produced a booklet which contains practical advice on setting controls on various devices. Click on the link to access the internet
- Lots of super resources to look at with your children –
- Internetmatters .org