E-Safety

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eSafety Information for Parents

We take the safety and security of our children very seriously at Shibden Head Primary Academy.  This includes their online safety when using the internet or devices connected to the internet.

The World Wide Web is a fantastic resource, but it can also bring risks.  We work with our pupils in school to help them understand the dangers and learn how to keep themselves safe.  At the start of each year, all pupils will have a short series of lessons regarding online safety: primarily concerning what they themselves can do to minimise risks, and what they can do if they ever feel unsafe or unsure about something they have seen or heard.

We are also conscious of the fact that some children, at ever younger ages, can access social media or play internet-connected games.  This can sometimes open children to a risk of being targeted and/or bullied.  In Key Stage 2, our online safety lessons do cover these aspects of staying safe.

During the year we work with Bradford Cyber PSCO’s.  These are a team of PSCO’s who come into school and teach each class in KS2 about online safety and what to do in the event of online bullying (Yrs 5 & 6).

Below are a list of resources and websites which both children and parents can access regarding online safety and online bullying.

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.

The musical.ly app is one you may have heard of and there are certainly children here at Shibden Head who are regular active users.

What is it? Is it safe for your child?  See link below.

musical.ly

Childnet’s website contains a lot of resources, information and activities for both parents and children about staying safe online.

One document which is useful for parents can be found by clicking the link below.

http://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Supporting-young-people-online.pdf

ThinkUKnow is run by C.E.O.P. and is a bank of resources and information about modern technology, the law and risks young people can face.

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

NetAware is a website run by the N.S.P.C.C. and is aimed primarily at parents as a guide to the different social networks and apps that children today can access.

http://www.net-aware.org.uk/

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 which can be accessed by clicking the link below.

http://www.google.co.uk/safetycenter/families/start/

Use of the internet is a part of most families’ daily lives.  Keeping safe on line is of the utmost importance.

Schools in the Great Heights partnership have produced a booklet, Digital Parenting; a Guide to Safer Gaming which contains practical advice on setting controls on various devices. Click on the link to access the document.

Great Heights Digital Parenting Guide

For details of recommended age ranges and descriptions of different games – go to https://commonsensemedia.org

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk is a useful site to access advice and materials for parents and/or children of different age ranges.

Please see top tips for internet safety produced by West Yorkshire Police TOP TIPS for online safety from West Yorkshire Police June 2016

The CEOP button, to report inappropriate online material or activity, is on our front page.  It also features on many sites used by children.

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