Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Ash Green. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our Online Safety Policy.
Online Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
Online Safety Websites
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.
Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.
Thinkuknow is unique. It is underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command.
Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
Alongside the Thinkuknow website the programme provides educational resources, including films, cartoons and lesson plans, to help professionals raise young people’s awareness.
Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online.
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
The Vodafone website has really useful advice for parents. It has ‘How to’ guides that you can view by clicking here. They have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on Facebook settings, Xbox360 settings, Blackberry controls, jargon busting and many more ‘How to Guides’.
Social Networking Sites
Many parents ask about Social Networking Sites – which ones are ‘safe’, what children can do on them etc. The image below shows the age restrictions that apply to the various social networking sites that are frequently used:
For information on how to stay safe on some of the most popular social networking sites click here
The NSPCC NetAware ‘Guide to The Social Networks Your Kids Use’ can be found by clicking here, this will help you to keep up to date and to keep your child safe in today’s digital world.
Please click here for the link to another parent’s guide to social media.
At Ash Green, we comply with the Stoke-on-Trent City council Prevent Strategy. Please click here to view the Prevent programme.
When children are accessing games via Xbox LIVE, privacy settings can be set up. Click here to read more
Please click on the links below to explore more online safety material: