What is Online safety?
Online Safety is the safe use of information systems and electronic communications, including the internet, mobile phones and games consoles. It is important that children and young people understand the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
- Online safety concerns safeguarding children and young people in the digital world.
- Online safety emphasises learning to understand and use new technologies in a positive way.
- Online safety is less about restriction and more about education about the risks as well as the benefits so we can feel confident online.
- Online safety is concerned with supporting children and young people to develop safer online behaviours both in and out of school.
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5 Top Tips for parents:
Keeping children safe online is a crucial responsibility for parents in today’s digital age.
Here are five top tips to help you protect your children while they explore the internet:
1- Open Communication: Encourage open and honest conversations with your children about their online activities. Make them feel comfortable discussing their online experiences, both positive and negative. Let them know they can come to you if they encounter anything that makes them uncomfortable or confused. Agree that technology is used in family areas rather than children’s bedrooms.
2- Set Age-Appropriate Boundaries: Establish clear rules and age-appropriate boundaries for internet use. Limit screen time and specify which websites, apps, and games are allowed. Ensure your children understand the importance of adhering to these rules.
3- Use Parental Controls: Utilize parental control software and features provided by your internet service provider or device manufacturer. These tools can help you filter content, monitor screen time, and track your child’s online activities. Customize settings based on your child’s age and maturity level. For NSPCC advice on parental controls, click here.
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4- Teach Online Safety: Educate your children about online safety. Discuss the potential risks of sharing personal information, such as their name, address, or school. Teach them to recognize phishing attempts, not to engage with strangers, and the importance of keeping passwords private. Emphasize the permanence of their online actions, including messages and posts.
5- Be a Digital Role Model: Children often learn by example, so be a positive digital role model. Show them responsible internet use by respecting the same online rules and etiquette you expect from them. This includes not oversharing on social media, treating others with kindness, and avoiding excessive screen time yourself.
Online safety is an ongoing conversation and evolving process. Stay informed about the latest online trends and threats, and be ready to adapt your strategies as your child matures and their online activities change. By being proactive and maintaining open communication, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable online experience for your child(ren).
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Using Technology at St Hilda’s
In school we have a filtered web-site and children are always supervised when on laptops or iPads.
We are also able to run checks to see what sites pupils have, or tried to access.
We therefore teach them how to keep safe on-line when they are at home or with friends as they have independent access through to digital technology in many ways.
This needs reinforcing as much as possible at home by parents.
Check out some links for support below:
BBC Stay Safe
Test your Internet safety knowledge with Hacker and help the Horrible Histories gang stay safe online.