At St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School pupils participate in e-Safety lessons and use the material available on several websites.
We also have in place:
- an internet policy
- ‘Responsible Internet Use’ agreement
We have provided additional information and guidance for e-safety.
COVID-19 E-Safety Information
Keeping Safe Online
St Joseph’s Catholic School have provided further information to help Keep Your Child Safe Online:
You can use your computer, mobile phone or tablet for lots of fun things and to make lots of new friends from all over the world.
Durham Cyber Safety
With schools now being officially shut because of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is likely that there will be an increase of internet use for families and children over the coming weeks. With that in mind, here are some great tips for parents on setting up the right controls and privacy settings to ensure their child stays safe online. You can find these in detail in Durham County Council’s ‘Parents Guide to Cyber Safety’ advice booklet which there is a link to below. The booklet looks at the following areas: Smart Devices, Broadband & Mobile Networks, Gaming and Social Media.
Net Aware brings together the NSPCC’s expertise in protecting children and O2’s tech know-how, we’ve got everything you need to help you keep your kids safe online. Whether you’re an online expert or you’re unsure of where to start, we’re here to help.
National Online Safety Website (#wakeupwednesday)
At National Online Safety, we believe in empowering parents, carers and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. Every Wednesday we produce guides to focus on specific platforms/risks which we believe trusted adults should be aware of. Please get in touch with us should you have a suggested platform you would like us to focus on by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Join the #wakeupwedesday campaign by visiting the Wake Up Wednesday Resources page where you can find useful information about Tik Tok, Snapchat, fortnite etc)
UK Safer Internet Centre
We believe that Online safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of young people’s development. To raise awareness of the issues that children and young people face online today, the school carries out many age appropriate activities, including participating in the ‘Safer Internet Day’ organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre.
The UK Safer Internet Centre website contains information which is very useful for parents to support the work done in school and ensure that our children keep safe whilst using the ever-expanding growth of mobile technology.
Online Guidance for Parents
Children are growing up in a world with a bigger range of online activities than ever before and it is sometimes very hard for both children and adults to know how to stay safe.
Parents/Online Safety Information
Most parents will want to reduce the risks to their children, and remembering to set parental controls can reduce the risks to children, and reduce the risk to parents when children accidentally spend online money! The internet matters website explains this quite well. Online safety is not just about protecting children from some of the dangers of the internet – it is also about helping them manage their use of technology and most of the parental controls allow adults to set a maximum time for the use of a device or app.
Internet Matters is a site paid for by many British companies. It has a lot of good advice on adding parental controls as well as on most aspects of online safety. Parental controls will only help keep children safe. The best safety feature that a child has is their parent or carer. Take the time to talk to your child about the apps and games they are using and don’t be afraid to say no sometimes!
The range of online apps changes on a regular basis and the NSPCC have a site called Net Aware. This provides unbiased up-to-date information on current apps and sites along with advice to parents about dealing with issues.
The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to provide advice to parents and have a free helpline on 0808 800 5002. They will also give support in any O2 shop – you do not have to be an O2 customer.
ThinkUKnow is the website aimed at children and their parents from the National Crime Agency. It has lots of useful suggestions and advice on how to report issues. It also has lots of games and activities including Jessie and Friends for the younger children and Band Runner for the older ones.
For the youngest children being tricked into sharing pictures can be an issue. LGfL have produced a lovely free video which has some great advice and a very catchy song!
Many children will at times suffer from online bullying. It is really important that they have someone they can talk to and know that it is not acceptable. Most apps and sites will have systems inn place that allow bullying to be reported. Your child’s school may be able to help.
Children can call Childline on 0800 1111 for advice on anything that is worrying them.
Finally since 2015 is has been a criminal offence for an adult to send a message with sexual content to a child (This is Section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015). If you are concerned that this might have happened please contact The Police without further using the device. This will help ensure that evidence can be preserved. The Police can be contacted by phone or from the ThinkUKnow website.
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