At Bridge Learning Campus we take the safety of our pupils very seriously including their safety while they access the internet, we want this approach to e-safety to spread to the home online environment too and we are therefore sharing with you some tips and resources to help you guide your children and help you keep up to date in a digital world.
Here are a few tips to help you keep your children safe on line:
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Primary/ is always a good place to start – you will see the report abuse button that your child will know about from school.
Another site that is helpful for parent controls is UK Safer Internet Centre http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers This site advises you to take four steps:
1. Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
2. Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings
3. Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
4. Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents' Guide to Technology
Digital Parenting is another useful website to look at – http://www.pitda.co.uk/
There are three areas to think about:
WHO your child is talking to
WHAT they’re doing
WHERE they’re going online
Digital Parenting also advises you to set “ground rules” by making your own family IT policy.
Create your own Family IT policy - Ideas for the Under 5’s:
1. The big issues Create boundaries and rules for the amount of time your son or daughter can spend online.
2. It’s never too early to start putting limits into place.
1. Choose an appropriate homepage on your family computer or tablet – for example, bbc.co.uk/cbeebie.
2. Worth Checking - The educational apps, games and TV shows on offer for pre-school children, and the age ratings and descriptions for them.
3. And finally….. The rules and conversation you have now will set the tone for your child’s internet use as they get older.
For Secondary pupils:
1. Did you know that you need to be at least 13 years old to create a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, kik, ooVoo, YouTube or Snapchat account? It is 16 years old for a WhatsApp account and 17 for Vine, Tinder.
2. The internet is a public place. You never know who might see what you are saying and doing, so think carefully about what you post. Before you post a comment, image or video on the internet, think about its content. What may be funny to you and your friend might be upsetting or offensive to others. Whilst you can delete photos, posts and statuses, they may still be visible somewhere - online content lasts forever.
3. Set profile to 'private' and limit what others can see about you online.
4. Passwords should be complicated (include a number or a symbol) and kept private, so that only you know what they are.
Please do not hesitate to contact Ms Sandra Lee (E safety Lead) if you have any concerns or questions about keeping your child safe online.
These website and resources should help you to keep your children safe online: