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Safer Internet Day 2018 - Parents' Presentation
Have a look at the 2017 Parents' Presentation. This year's is coming soon!
We work very hard with our children at school to ensure that they are safe when using new technologies. It is important that we have your cooperation at home. Part of our role is to also support parents in how to protect their children from harm when using these technologies. At school we teach how to be safe in lessons and we have also held after school workshops for parents and carers to support familes with online safety.
Our next workshops will be on our Safer Internet Day which will take place on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the theme 'Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you'. Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
Did you know…
- 65% of children watch television daily. On average, they spend about three and a half hours watching TV every day.
- By the age of six, 81% of children have played a video console game and 90% use computers.
- By the age of eight, 96% of children have watched TV, 90% have used a computer, 81% have played console video games, and 60% have played games or used apps on a portable device.
- 29% of children have their own handheld devices by the age of eight.
With these statistics in mind it is important that you know what your child is doing online and how you can encourage them to stay safe.
But how can you help?
Excite-ed (http://www.excite-ed.co.uk/) has made some handy apps for parents/carers, which show what you can do to help keep your child safe online. These apps have step-by-step guides on showing how to lock down your internet, how to switch off their device, what to do if your child is being cyber- bullied, how to control their gaming and lots more. There are 3 completely FREE apps that have been made for use by parents and professionals. If you are responsible for a child, then you should take a look.
Follow these links to find the apps (available on itunes and google play):
Excite-ed have also created some games for your children to play at home (age appropriate), that teach them how to stay safe online:
Occasionally, our children like to play games that their older brother or sister play, or their friends at school have said are ‘epic’ – as adults we are not always aware of the content or age limit of these games. ‘Ask PEGI’ is a website that has been designed to inform us of the full details/age limit of each game. Follow the link and type the name of the game in the search bar: http://www.pegi.info/en/index/
As we know, sometimes our children know how to use smart devices better than us. The UK Safer Internet Centre have created step-by-step instructions (on a variety of devices) to enable us to keep our children as safe as possible. Follow the link below and click on the category (Smartphones/tablets/TVs) you need:
Most mobile network providers offer parental controls
How your home internet provider can help you
Most home network providers will be able to set filters within your household. Click the links below to watch a short video clip about how they can help you. This should all be available to you free of charge.
How do I report inappropriate material?
- 25% of children and teenagers say they are uncertain about what to do if they come across something inappropriate.
Parents and professionals must encourage children and young people to tell them if they see anything they do not like…BUT as a parent or professional, we must make sure we report such incidents to the correct people to stop it happening to others. There are various sites which we can use to report incidents:
Internet Watch Foundation (https://www.iwf.org.uk/) for illegal content.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre Report (https://www.ceop.police.uk/) for sexual contact.
Parentport: http://www.parentport.org.uk/ for TV ads, radio, newspaper, magazine which you deem unsuitable for children.
Incidents should also be reported to your mobile network provider.
TOP TEN MOST USED DEVICES – Tips to stay safe
Ipad: ipad tips
Nintendo: Top tips for Nintendo
Mobile Phone: Parental-Controls-for-Mobile-Phones
Social Networks: Young-people-and-social networking
If you need any further assistance please contact either Mr Harper (Acting Headteacher and Online Safety Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs Long (Designated Safeguarding Lead) at the school on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01227 830 276