What is Online-Safety?
Cyber-safety/e-Safety/Online Safety/Internet Safety are ‘....the ability to act in a safe and responsible manner on the internet and other connected environments’. This is to ‘...protect personal information and reputation; include safe practices to minimise danger from behavioural-based rather than hardware, software-based problems (iKeepSafe, 2011-2014).
How Is Online-Safety Taught At Wessex Gardens?
Children at Wessex Gardens use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning.
In school, we use a filtering system to prevent children accessing inappropriate sites.
We also have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
Online-safety is taught to pupils through a variety of e-safety programmes including ThinkuKnow from CEOP, Childnet and BBC these develop exemplary e-learning for children and young people.
Key Stage 1
We allow pupils through the guidance of the class teacher, to explore aspects of Online-Safety such as online identities, the importance of passwords and appropriate photographs; using search engines to research different topics; cyberbullying; how to interact with others online in a safe and secure environment.
Key Stage 2
We follow a similar pattern of Online-Safety lessons as in Key Stage 1. However these lessons develop a deeper understanding of previously taught knowledge and skills as well as introducing new concepts and knowledge in online gaming and shopping, risks and precautions when downloading from the internet, awareness of digital foot print.
What Can Parents Do At Home?
Protecting children at home is equally as important. Simply not allowing them to use something or ‘locking down’ all the settings does not help your children prepare for the future. The key to helping your child at home is talking to your child about the dangers when they are online and discussing why they need to stay safe.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
Follow the link below for the latest guides and information from the ThinkuKnow website -
Facebook /Bebo /Whatsapp/Snapchat/Musical.ly
Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them. If your child has a social media account, talk to them about it and make sure they are aware of the risks. It is important that your child feels they can talk to you about anything they are unsure, upset or worried about.
See the links below for more information -
Click here for a guide to YouTube.
Parental settings, similar to the parental controls on game consoles, allow you to set limitations for a range of aspects. These can include limits to your children’s access to the web, the times they can log onto the computer and which games they can play and programs they can run.
You can control these settings via the following method — Click ‘Start’ or ‘Home’ – Control Panel – User Accounts and Family Settings — Parental Controls.
Did you know that 54% of children aged between 12-15 know how to delete their online browser history?
A computer history logs which programmes have been used as well as internet pages that have been visited. By deleting this history log, you will not be able to keep track of the sites/games that have been visited.
Discuss with your child which sites they visit most — are they appropriate for them to use?
The world of online gaming is ever increasing in size and popularity, with gamers accessing the internet and online world to play against friends and others from around the world.
Using game consoles for excessive amounts of time is unhealthy for all children.
Find out how to restrict the amount of time children spend on games consoles at the following links: