At Northfield St. Nicholas Primary Academy we believe it is crucial that children have the opportunity to develop their understanding of online safety and know how to behave when on the internet. Online safety is taught in all classes regularly.
These links will take you to public websites concerned with internet use and online safety:
The following Online Safety advice is from www.thinkuknow.co.uk:
- Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends they do not know offline.
- Explain to your children what information about them is personal: i.e. email address, mobile number, school name, sports club, arrangements for meeting up with friends and any pictures or videos of themselves, their family or friends. Small pieces of information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight in to their lives and daily activities.
- Make your children aware that they need to think carefully about the information and pictures they post on their profiles. Inform them that once published online, anyone can change or share these images of them.
- It can be easy to forget that the internet is not a private space, and as a result sometimes young people engage in risky behaviour online. Advise your children not to post any pictures, videos or information on their profiles, or in chat rooms, that they would not want a parent or carer to see.
- If your child receives spam or junk email and texts, remind them never to believe their contents, reply to them or use them.
- It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain—it could be a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
Please support us by remaining vigilant when your children are online.
Virgin Media Parental Control Tools
The internet is a fabulous place for kids to learn and play, but it can feel daunting for parents too.
Our experts at Virgin Media have launched handy tools to help parents of web-ready kids stay ahead of the curve, including ‘Switched on Families’ and ‘Internet Matters’ – https://www.virginmedia.com/shop/broadband/parental-control
Different social networking sites have different age restrictions and requirements about parental permission in their user agreements.
Please click the link below to download our E-Safety pdf
Northfield St Nicholas E-safety-social-media-policy (439 kb PDF)