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E-safety Advice

Safer Internet Day 2016

On Tuesday 9th February 2016, millions across the UK and globally celebrated Safer Internet Day. For parents and carers, Safer Internet Day is a great time to have a conversation with your child about staying safe online.

The theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day was ‘Play your part for a Safer Internet’. With this in mind, it is important that we all recognise our responsibility in keeping children safe on the Internet.

The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.

 

 Advice For Parents

  • Ask your children to tell you about the websites and apps they like to use and what they enjoy doing online.

  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?

  • Think about how you each use the internet. What more could you do to use the internet together? Are there activities that you could enjoy as a family?

  • Remember that many social networking sites are 16+ so if your child does use any ensure that they are supervised.

     

Social Networking Survey

As part of Safer Internet Day we conducted a survey to gain an insight into the online activity of the children in our school.  In total we surveyed  129 across years 4-6. Here are the results (they might surprise you!)

Question Total
Are you on any social networking sites?

81
Which sites are you on? (Including YouTube)

WhatsApp/Instagram/Snapchat/Facebook/Twitter/YouTube
If you have a YouTube account, do you upload videos?

26
How long on average per day do you spend on these sites?

Less than 30 minutes = 6
30 minutes = 21
1 hour = 33
2 hours = 8
2 hours+ = 13

Do you upload pictures/videos/messages to any of these sites?

57
Do your parents/guardian know that you are on social networking sites?

63
Are you supervised when using these sites?

22
Have you had any negative experiences whilst using these sites? Please explain the nature of these experiences. Some answers given included:
Hurtful and offensive comments being made, cyberbulling , inappropriate content being viewed.  

 

5 SMART Rules For Staying Safe On The Internet

SAFE - Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.

MEET - Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.

ACCEPTING - Accepting emails, messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!

RELIABLE - Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family

TELL - Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online

 

Safer Internet Day 2015 Resources for parents:

Safer Internet Day Presentation for parents 

Parent factsheet

Supporting Young People online

Download the Hector Protector safety button/screen saver here

 

Child-friendly search engines

 

Key websites for e-Safety:

Childnet International: http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

Vodafone’s online digital parenting magazine: http://www.vodafone.com/content/index/parents/about_digital_parenting.html

Safer Internet Centre – advice and resources for parents http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers

ThinkUKnow advice:  https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

BBC Webwise: (Digital footprint video)  http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/0/21293028

Connect Safely: http://www.connectsafely.org/guides-2/ (useful guides to Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Google+)

CommonSense Media VideoGame reviews: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/game-reviews

CEOP  reporting centre: http://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/Parents/

 

2014 SID Presentation - Click here for the slides.

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