At school we talk to the children about how to stay safe online; every year group teaches an e-safety unit of work during the academic year and special assemblies are also held to inform the children how to stay safe online.
The internet is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with great opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of and which we should all act to protect them from.
Just a few simple steps can help keep them safe and give young people the awareness to know what to do if they feel uncomfortable about anything they encounter while on the internet. The links below provide more information about parental controls and how to stay safe online.
The most important thing that you can do is be aware of what your child/children are doing on-line.
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people.
CEOP helps children and young people under the age of 18 who have been forced or manipulated into taking part, or are being pressured to take part, in sexual activity of any kind. This can be both online and offline. The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
Online bullying or other online concerns should not be reported to CEOP and children and young people should be directed to speak to an adult they trust, and/or referred to Childline, if they would like to speak to someone about how they are feeling.
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CEOP articles aim to inform parents of the opportunities and risks presented by the online world, and help them feel more confident when talking to their child about sensitive topics such as relationships, sex and image sharing.
Links to some of CEOP's most popular articles are given below:
This document includes links to websites where there are many useful information sheets and activities regarding online safety which you may find helpful.
Fortnite, one of the biggest video games of all time, has received an update. Fortnite Chapter 2 has a whole host of new in-game features, is more visually appealing and has a brand-new map for players to explore. It’s likely that your child will be spending hours on end getting to grips with the new updates. The following guide, produced by National Online Safety, is designed to help parents and carers understand exactly what Fortnite is all about. October 2019.
At this time of year in school, we typically have an e-safety assembly for children and invite parents in to learn about how to keep their children safe online. Unfortunately, we have not been able to do so this year, which is a real shame as the children will most likely be using online and communication devices more than ever before.
Please take the time to watch the videos below, explaining how to talk about online issues with your children and how best to keep them safe online. You can find additional links to useful resources at the end of the email, along with a slide showing our school e-safety motto (DATA).
I hope that you all have a wonderful summer and we look forward to welcoming the children back in September.
thinkyouknow Parents and Carers Page: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
thinkyouknow Home Activity Packs: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/
thinkyouknow Videos to Show to Children at Home: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/presentations-for-parents/
thinkyouknow How to Keep Your Child Safe Online Advice: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Listing/?cat=66,67,68,69,70,72&ref=4765#mMain