At Spring Meadow, we are increasingly aware of how accessible the internet is to our pupils, in school and at home. We recognise the important role that we all play, as educators, parents and carers, to ensure your children understand how to use the internet in an appropriate and safe way.
Just as you protect them in the real-world, we know you want to make sure your children are safe online too. Online Safety skills are life skills. When your children understand the risks associated with being online, they can become sensible, informed internet users. We all want them to get the most from using the internet and to stay safe whist doing so.
There are many resources available to keep you informed and to help you keep your children safe online. There are also resources that can help you if your children come across potentially harmful or inappropriate content on the internet.
Children’s Commissioner – Digital 5 A Day – Are You getting your 5 A Day? Even though junk food tastes great, it would soon get boring if you ate it all day, every day and eventually it would probably make you sick. Just like food, a balanced digital diet is all about variety.
|Net Aware is a superb guide to a vast amount of popular and commonly used social websites. Simply type in the websites name e.g. Minecraft, Clash of Clans etc. and find out more about what your child is playing on. This website will provide information on the content and the levels of risk.|
|ThinkUKnow is the education programme from CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. You can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.|
|The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) helps children stay safe online and works nationally and internationally to bring offenders, including those involved in production, distribution and viewing of child abuse material. To yhe UK courts. It is often referred to the ‘online 999’ You can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with online bullying.|
|Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.|
|Internet Matters.org is a new portal signposting parents to the best advice in relation to child safety online. It was set up in June 2014 with support from the 4 big ISPs in the UK.|