Staying Safe Online
We want your children to be safe online, whether that is in school, at home or elsewhere. They could be playing games, browsing the internet or using apps on a tablet or smartphone but we believe that it is our duty to support you in helping your child make the correct choices. On a regular basis, we guide the children through assemblies, PSHE and computing lessons on the potential dangers of being online as well as the huge benefits.
Our internet access at Fern Hill Primary School is strictly controlled via the London Grid for Learning (LGFL) who provide broadband access and other computing services to a large community of schools and local authorities. Controls over our internet access are set at LGFL wide level, then further filtered at Borough level and finally filtered at school level to provide the safest possible internet access for children at Fern Hill Primary School.
Outside of school your child can only be protected by the controls that you provide on their internet, tablet/smartphone, TV, movie and live streaming access. Setting parental controls or restrictions can be a bewildering task and to help you, we’ve suggested some resources below.
Vodafone provide an exceptionally good guide to setting parental controls across a wide range of providers and devices. We also send home a hard copy of their Digital Parenting Magazine a couple of times a year
You’ll also find a wide range of helpful articles in the online magazine here: http://www.vodafone.com/content/digital-parenting.html
NSPCC Net Aware
A joint site by NSPCC and O2 to provide child specific information about social media apps including reviews by children and their parents. This is an extremely good site to initiate a discussion on the the use of social media with your children.
Internet Matters is a UK not for profit site with lots of information about keeping children safe online and has some very useful age specific advice for parents
This is the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) advice and education site. We use CEOP’s resources widely in school and there are sections and advice for children, parents, carers and teachers on the site.
This BBC site covers all aspects of digital skills and has a specific family online safety section here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02488p8
Common Sense Media
This is an American not for profit site which has up to date reviews and advice about games, apps, movies and TV explaining in detail what you can expect to see in categories such as violence, sex, drugs and consumerism as well as talking about positive messages and role models that are portrayed .
www.parentzone.org.uk – A website to support parents and carers with online safety at home
www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers – Parent and carer support for online safety
www.askaboutgames.com – Support for parent and carers on video games and ratings of games
There are of course lots of other sites that provide advice and help in the area of online safety.