WHAT IS INTERNET SAFETY?
Internet or Online Safety encompasses not only online technologies but also electronic communications via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. It highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
- Internet Safety concerns safeguarding children and young people in the digital world.
- Internet Safety emphasises learning to understand and use new technologies in a positive way.
- Internet Safety is less about restriction and more about education about the risks as well as the benefits so we can feel confident online.
- Internet Safety is concerned with supporting children and young people to develop safer online behaviours both in and out of school.
National Online Safety Posters
Here is a link to a Google Drive folder which contains useful safety tips posters about online safety including social media and gaming devices.
INTERNET SAFETY NEWS UPDATES
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – STAYING SAFE ONLINE
Government advice about what you can do to stay safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has impacted everyone’s daily lives. More people are working from home, looking after children and spending time online. Now more than ever, it is important for everyone to know how to stay connected, stay safe online, check the facts and remember to take a break.
By following guidance on social distancing and staying at home you are helping to protect yourself, your family, the NHS and your community.
It is still important to stay connected with family and friends. Staying in touch with people you normally see often or reconnecting with old friends by phone, video call or social media can boost wellbeing. The BBC has guidance on how to video call your family and friends.
The internet also offers people a wide range of educational resources, information and entertainment.
We also have additional advice for parents and carers.
Many people are using new services, apps or devices, such as webcams and tablets, to work or socialise at this time. You may also be using existing devices and services more often.
To help you stay safe:
- Check your security and privacy settings
- Block unsuitable content
- Protect against fraud
CHECK THE FACTS
Not all information online is reliable.
Before you like, comment or share something online use the SHARE checklist to make sure you’re not contributing to the spread of harmful content:
- Source – make sure information comes from a trusted source
- Headline – always read beyond the headline
- Analyse – check the facts
- Retouched – does the image or video look as though it has been doctored?
- Error – look out for bad grammar and spelling
SHARE can help you understand and spot disinformation and NewsGuard has a free tool to help the public identify fake news.
You can also check claims about COVID-19 at Full Fact.
Ofcom also has Cutting Through the COVID-19 Confusion.
Reliable information on COVID-19 can also be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
ADVICE FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
Schools, colleges and childcare providers are currently closed to most pupils. Daily routines have changed, with many working and studying from home. We understand there may be more concern from parents about the safety of their children online.
It is important for children and young people to stay both connected and safe online. Remember to make use of parental controls and to talk with your children.
The UK’s Chief Medical Officer has also provided advice on screen time. Here are a few of the tips to help your children strike a balance:
- Sleep matters Getting enough good quality sleep is very important. Leave phones outside the bedroom when it is bedtime.
- Sharing sensibly Talk about sharing photos and information online and how photos and words are sometimes manipulated. Parents and carers should never assume that children are happy for their photos to be shared. For everyone – when in doubt, don’t upload!
- Talking helps Talk with children about using screens and what they are watching. A change in behaviour can be a sign they are distressed – make sure they know they can always speak to you or another responsible adult if they feel uncomfortable with screen or social media use.
- Keep moving! Everyone should take a break after a couple of hours sitting or lying down using a screen. It’s good to get up and move about a bit. #sitlessmovemore
- Family time together Screen-free meal times are a good idea – you can enjoy face-to-face conversation, with adults giving their full attention to children.
- Use helpful phone features Some devices and platforms have special features – try using these features to keep track of how much time you (and with their permission, your children) spend looking at screens or on social media.
For more information and useful links from the Government use the link below:
INTERNET SAFETY DAY ASSEMBLIES
During E-Safety Week in February we had Jo Scott, our local PCSO, talking to the children about how to stay safe whilst using the Internet. Our Year 6, E-Safety Ambassadors led the assembles shared how to be respectful online and that we should only say positive comments to each other.
Below are recommended ages to use certain social media sites:
If under 13 then there is a kids version called Snapkidz. A software called mSpy allows parents to see what their children are sending on Snapchat, as well as who they’re calling, texting, emailing and where they are. Parents download the software onto their child’s phone first.
If you let younger children use the app it may expose your child to photos and videos that they aren’t old enough to understand.
Higher age limit as users allowed to access contact details.
If your children are using one of the above social media sites please double-check their security settings.
The SMART Rules
At Our Lady of Lourdes, we use the SMART rules (Childnet.com) to help children understand how to keep themselves safe whilst using the Internet. Every year, we also have a competition to design a SMART poster and each class chooses a winner. These posters are then displayed in the ICT Suite.
FOR MORE UPDATES SEE THE SCHOOL NEWSLETTER