Online Safety for Children

Dear Parents/Carers
Children need to be safe both at school and at home, and online safety is crucial to that. At the start of each school year, all pupils are taught strategies to stay online safely through our computing curriculum. This is to help the children understand and be aware of how they can stay safe and behave responsibly online, but working with you is vital for us to be successful in keeping children safe online.
We need your help to talk to your children about how to be safe and act safely online. When children are online, it’s critical that we all remain vigilant and take precautions to keep them safe from people who may pose a risk to them. Children can accidentally or deliberately be exposed to illegal, unwanted or unpleasant content, comments or activity online and there are steps you can take at home to minimise this risk. We recommend that children use devices when they are in a communal area where they can be monitored and encourage them to report anything that makes them feel uncomfortable to an adult. Also, to keep children safe, we recommend that they do not use online chat rooms where they can speak to people who they do not know. If someone joins a chat they do not know, the children should be encouraged to leave and report this to an adult.
If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to speak to school about this and we will support where we can. As a school, we will be participating in Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 7th February 2023 where the children will build on their knowledge about staying safe online.
Here are some links with more information: – Visit the “Parent/Carer” Section and use the “Click CEOP” button to seek advice and report online abuse – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety – Free up-to-date Security advice including using complex passwords and managing hacked accounts – Information from the four largest internet service providers (BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin) – NSPCC’s Share Aware campaign provides information for parents about popular social media sites, apps and games. – Parents guides to safety tools on popular devices and signposts report mechanisms for some websites. 

Thank you
Miss Tong 
Computing Lead
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