E-Safety - Further Reminder
You will have been made aware through the news and social media that there is an image out there that has been attached to lots of innocent sites; it is designed to scare children and even entice them to do things that they shouldn’t. Please be extra vigilant about the sites that your children are on over the next few days; please check also that they are not being exposed to any inappropriate material or images.
Despite this warning that we issued 2 weeks ago, teachers have had to speak to a number of children who have been talking about various inappropriate ‘challenges’ that have been spread through a range of social media platforms.
PARENTS - PLEASE BE VIGILANT AND AWARE OF WHAT YOUR
CHILDREN ARE LOOKING AT WHEN THEY ARE ON-LINE
Safety on the web is a huge concern of ours at St Catherine's and we have firewalls and filters in place at school to keep our children safe...but what about at home?
Click on the links below to help children AND parents stay safe on the web!
Did you attend the recent On-Line Safety Workshop Click here for some useful links
Internet Safety Day 6th Feb 2019
Some Handy Thoughts!
- Maintain an open dialogue with your child and encourage them to talk to you about their internet use: for example who they’re talking to, services they’re using, and any issues they may be experiencing.
- Create a family agreement to establish your children’s boundaries, and your expectations, when on the internet. A template agreement can be found at www.childnet.com/have-a-conversation
- Give your child strategies to deal with any online content that they are not comfortable with – such as turning off the screen, telling an adult they trust and using online reporting facilities.
- Consider using filtering software to block unwanted content. In addition to filtering, remember that discussion with your child, and involvement in their internet use, are both effective ways to educate them about the internet.
- Encourage your child to ‘think before you post.’ Online actions can impact not only yourself but the lives of others.
- Content posted privately online can be publicly shared by others, and may remain online forever. Understand the law. Some online behaviour may break the law, for example when downloading or sharing content with others.
- Be able to recommend legal services. Familiarise yourself with the privacy settings and reporting features available on popular sites, services and apps. If your child is being bullied online, save all available evidence and know where to report the incident, for example to the school, service provider, or the police if the law has been broken.
- Familiarise yourself with the age ratings for games and apps which can help to indicate the level and suitability of the content.
- Also see if online reviews are available from other parents as these may be helpful. Set up a family email address that your children can use when signing up to new games and websites online.
- Encourage your child to use nicknames (where possible) instead of their full name online, to protect their personal information, and create strong passwords for every account.
- Visit and sign up to www.childnet.com
BEFORE YOU CATCH THAT PIKACHU! PEEK AT THIS!
The NSPCC have provided a handy guide!