Supporting Your Children at Home
At Withycombe Raleigh Primary School we teach e-safety as part of our ICT and Personal and Social Education Curriculum. We teach the children about the ‘SMART’ rules to ensure they stay safe when using the internet. We have security on all our devices at school, and social media sites are blocked.
As well as teaching about internet and e-safety in class, we also use outside agencies to talk to the children about the importance of e-safety. For example CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection), part of the Devon Police Force, deliver internet safety talks to our Year 5 and 6 children each year.
Children can ‘live chat’ on Minecraft, Steam, Xbox, Playstation etc if the settings allow them to. This may not be restricted to just ‘real-life’ friends as they may be able to see or hear chat from other gamers too, and some of it may not be age-appropriate.
You can help to protect your children at home!
First of all, talk to your children about what they’re doing online.
Then you can install parental tools on phones and other devices, and even your home broadband. You can also use settings to block or filter the content your child sees when searching online, because even innocent searches sometimes reveal not-so-innocent results.
It’s not easy for parents and carers to keep up with the latest apps - or what children are posting in chat rooms. Even vigilant parents who check up on their children can find seemingly innocent messages - which may not be all they appear to be! There are double meanings for some emojis, for instance did you know the emoji of a camera with flash is asking for nude photos?
The NSPCC offers guidance on how to set up parental controls, to:
You can also change the account settings on individual games such as Minecraft or on gaming portals like Steam, so whatever your child is doing online there’s a way that you can help keep them safe.
We recently had a fun but informative ‘panto-style’ theatrical event, which highlighted the dangers of being online – from the effects of posting mean comments, to having personal information pieced together by somebody they don’t know.
We also have regular visits from the NSPCC who talk to the children about online safety. They cover with the children what to do and what not to do when using the internet, as well as giving the children strategies to deal with cyber bullying.
We also run parent workshops about online safety
If you are interested in attending a parent workshop please let us know via email or a call to the office, and we’ll arrange an event for parents if we have enough interest.
If you require further information or support regarding keeping your children safe on the internet, please contact Mr Powley, Mr Carter, Mrs Jones or Miss Lee.
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