Nacton C of E Primary School
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Please click on the link below to read our Online Safeguarding Policy.
The internet is essential in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives but children, schools and parents all need to be aware of the various online risks and how to manage them.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
It’s essential to be realistic - banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
At Nacton we teach children the SMART rules:
It can be very difficult as parents to know where to start when talking to your child about their online experiences.
These conversation starter ideas from Childnet may help:
Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit 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?
Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?
These websites have lots of general support for parents:
Parents & carers | Childnet - There is a lot of up to date advice on Childnet including information on setting parental controls, gaming, healthy screentime, how to report things and online bullying.
Information, Advice and Support to Keep Children Safe Online (internetmatters.org)
Guides and Resources Archive - UK Safer Internet Centre
Parents - help kids make the most of their lives online - Own It - BBC
Parents homepage (thinkuknow.co.uk)
These websites have lots of good advice around gaming:
Home (askaboutgames.com) This site has information on how to set up parental controls on lots of different gaming technology, as well as guides to games and setting family rules about gaming.
Common Sense Media: Age-Based Media Reviews for Families This site reviews the different games available, explaining clearly for parents what the games involve.
Family Video Game Database - Guides, Ratings and Suggestions - Family Video Game Database (taminggaming.com)
If you do have a concern or worry about something that has happened online these sites can help you know where the best place to report it is:
Homepage - UK Safer Internet Centre
Report Harmful Content - We Help You Remove Content
How to Report Child Abuse Without Any Worries | NSPCC
YoungMinds | Mental Health Charity For Children And Young People | YoungMinds
Of course you are always free to come and talk to your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns or worries.