At Norbury School we believe that educating our children about being safe online is very important.
As part of our Computing curriculum all children follow an Online Safety Scheme of Work which focuses on eight key topics identified in the Education for a Connected World framework.
- Self image and identity
- Online relationships
- Online reputation
- Online bullying
- Managing online information
- Health, well-being and lifestyle
- Privacy and security
- Copyright and ownership
These topics are revisited each year so that children can build on prior knowledge and understanding to become safe, respectful and responsible digital citizens of our world.
In school we have clear rules about using the internet and these are displayed in every classroom.
Online Safety Policies and Procedures
The school has an online safety policy which is agreed by staff, governors and in consultation with parents and children. Parents of pupils in KS1 are asked to sign Responsible Internet Use permission slips on behalf of their children to use the internet and have work published on the school website. Parents of KS2 children are also asked to sign the Responsible Internet Use permission slip and KS2 pupils also sign and agree to follow the rules too.
Pupils are regularly given opportunities to use websites designed to support their learning. They are also taught research and evaluation skills to help them use the Internet effectively and efficiently. To reduce the possibility of children accessing undesirable materials our Broadband provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. All of our computers are in public view and access is supervised.
Supporting your children online - videos
Thinkuknow have produced a clever video highlighting that children don’t change, but technology does.
Top Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe Online
- Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems. The ThinkuKnow website has films, games and advice for child from five all the way to 16.
- Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
- Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
- Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s Wi-Fi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.
- Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. There is a link on the ThinkuKnow website which can help you find your service provider and set your controls.
- Help your child to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends—personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family and friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone could be looking at their images!
- If you child receives spam/junk email and texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain—it could be a virus or worse—an inappropriate image or film.
- · Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Teach your child how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.
Age ratings help us understand what online entertainment is age-appropriate for our kids. There are several websites that provide reviews, advice and recommended ages for all popular apps, games and social media sites.
Parental controls and privacy settings put you in control of what content your child can see and experience online.
Setting up parental controls are easy thanks to Internet Matters! They have broken it down into step-by-step guides to help.
Qustudio is a free parental controls software download which allows parents to: Monitor chat, Block harmful content from search results, Limit the time spent online and on devices, restrict games or applications on devices, track a device, see who a child calls or texts most, Prevent access to mature or adult sites, view and manage activities from anywhere and protect and monitor without children knowing
ThinkuKnow - This website is supported by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and demonstrates some of the risks children face online, including grooming, and provides information about how to protect your child.
Digizens - provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible Digital CitizensInternet Matters - Helping parents keep their children safe online. Get support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology and the internet safely and smartly.
NSPCC - Guides for everyone on how to keep children safe onlineCommon Sense Media - rates movies, TV shows, books, and more so parents can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their kids.