Online Safety Newsletter October 2020
TikTok is a social media app that gives users the opportunity to share 60 second short videos with friends, family or the entire world. Like Twitter-owned Vine and Musical.ly before it, videos shared range from funny sketches to lip-sync videos featuring special effects. Currently, the app is available in 75 languages with 1 billion active users (December 2019). Like Musical.ly before it, it is most popular with under 16s. The recommended age limit to use this without parents’ permission is 13 years old. This is mainly due to the collection and use of its users data.
We are aware that there are a number of our children enjoy this app, but we have recently been alerted to information revealing that there is concern across some countries over the security of the users’ data once collected.
Please click the link below for further information.
Now that the Summer Holidays have arrived, your child may be spending more time online. Please click below for help to ensure that appropriate parental controls are set on all your devices, then you can relax and know that your child is safe when they are online.
Online Safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of Online Safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.
We follow the Government’s Education for A Connected World Framework which describes the Digital knowledge and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages of their lives. It highlights what a child should know in terms of current online technology, its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it.
The document supports one of the key aims of the government’s Internet Safety Strategy of supporting children to stay safe and make a positive contribution online, as well enabling teachers to develop effective strategies for understanding and handling online risks.
Online Safety At Home
As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children; they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
Engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from Childnet.com
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online
In the recent and forthcoming weeks, as young people have been and are continuing to be spending more time at home, with their families, and on devices, Childnet.com have pulled together a list of resources that you can use with them to explore online safety in a fun, engaging and educational way.
Or alterantively click on the link below to access 15 minute activites that you can do with your child to support their online safety at home. These actvities have been produced by Thinkuknow (delivered by CEOP) and are specific to year groups.
National Online Safety work with leading experts in education and online safety to create training and resources.
NOS have launched their #WakeUpWednesday campaign across Facebook and Twitter to provide one free online safety guide each week to schools, parents, children, carers and trusted adults across the United Kingdom.
Here are a few very useful and user-friendly guides:
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is a national initiative aimed at informing children how to stay safe online. We started our day with an assembly for each Key Stage prepared by our Digital Leaders. They encouraged children to make sensible choices when using the internet and explained who they could go to for help if something was worrying them online.
Throughout the day each class completed activities which promoted safe use of the internet. Some classes created their own set of rules for using the internet; some children created a new slogan and mascot for safer internet day; other children thought about how it felt to receive kind comments from friends and how it must feel when people receive unkind comments online - they decided it was better to be kind online.
The children thoroughly enjoyed their day and it made them more aware of how to stay safe online.
Some classes were involved in special workshops during the week aimed at promoting safe use of the internet in a child-friendly way.
On Monday, the year 5 children had an Internet Safety workshop which taught them about how to be safe online through the use of drama and role play. The children made up their own drama sketches to demonstrate different e-safety issues and also prepared a rap. At the end of the day the year 5 children shared their sketches with the whole school.
On Friday, the year 1 and 2 children also had a workshop which taught them about the importance of internet safety and thinking about who they are talking to / connecting with online. They learnt through role play, familiar traditiaonl tales and fairy stories. The Three Little Pigs learnt not to tell the Big Bad Wolf their personal information; Cinderella learnt to tell someone when the Ugly Sisters were mean to her and Little Red Riding Hood learnt that people aren't always who they say they are on the computer.
Please look at some of the photographs from the week below.
Setting Parental Controls
Most of the main internet providers now allow you to set filters on your internet access. This can be a useful tool to help limit what your children can access on their computers and devices. You can follow the following link to watch videos from Sky, BT, Virgin Media and Talk Talk for advice on how to control your settings.
Top Tips and Useful Information for Parents
Please find below a list of helpful information and links which provide safety advice and checklists to support online safety and raise awareness for children and family members.
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.