The internet is an important part of our world and it is used daily for a variety of purposes. Technology is changing rapidly and it is important that we ensure our children access these safely, at school and at home.
Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Holy Souls Catholic Primary School. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any online Safety incidents are recorded and managed. Online Safety is taught to all pupils through Project EVOLVE. Project EVOLVE resources each of the 330 statements from UK Council for Internet Safety's (UKCIS) framework Education for a Connected World with activities to explain and demonstrate 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 online safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. We regularly use Class Dojo to communicate current online safety advice and developments to our parents.
The following websites are useful for further guidance and support:
- BBC Own It - advice for children on online safety.
- Child Protection Company: eSafety Course for Parents - by taking the Parent eSafety course, you can work with your child to keep them safe on the internet and learn more about eSafety yourself as a parent.
- Childnet International - for primary children.
- Childnet International - for teachers and professionals.
- Facebook Safety Centre - guides to Facebook settings.
- Internet Matters - a guide to help you through the many issues children can experience when using the internet.
- Internet Watch Foundation - the UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content.
- National Online Safety - online safety education for the whole school community.
- NSPCC - keeping children safe online.
- Report Online Terrorist Material (gov.uk) - report illegal terrorist information, pictures or videos you've found on the internet. Your report will be treated anonymously.
- Southwest Grid for Learning - safety and security online.
- ThinkUKnow - learning resource for children.
- UK Safer Internet Centre: Parental Controls - how to set up parental controls offered by your home ISP.
- Advice for Parents on Cyberbullying (DfE)
- How to set up Facebook Privacy Controls
- How to set up Parental Controls on the Xbox 360 (Microsoft)
- How to set up Google Safe Search
- How to set up YouTube Safety Mode
- Keeping up with Children on the Internet (Childnet International)
- Online Gaming: An Introduction for Parents and Carers (Childnet International)
Parents' e-safety tips for children under 5.
Parents' e-safety tips for children from 6 to 10 years.
Parents' e-safety tips for children from 11 to 13 years.