Dronfield Junior School

Dronfield Junior School
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Online Safety

Online Safety Policy

Keeping children safe online is the biggest child protection challenge of this generation. Parents have a vital role to play in this.

All pupils receive lessons on Online Safety as part of the Computing sessions as well as during PHSE. They have discussions about how to keep themselves safe online and what to do if they ever feel uncomfortable. 

Children and young people spend a lot of time online and may face risks such as cyberbullying, being exposed to inappropriate content or sexual exploitation. The internet isn’t a thing, it’s a place and it can be a very dangerous and scary place for young people to visit. Having no parental control of your child’s access to the internet is like your child going to a distant city or foreign country without your permission. You may think your child is safe upstairs in their bedroom but who are they talking to, what are they seeing, experiencing, what advice are they being given, are they being blackmailed or being sexually exploited?

Internetmatters.org have produced an extensive guide for parents about parental controls that covers nearly all devices in the home. It explains the features and benefits of the device and what specific content can be restricted. 

What is Child Sexual Exploitation? To read an introduction for parents and carers, click here.

Alternatively, click here for more information on sexual exploitation.

 

The following websites contain helpful information to help you keep your children safe online

BBC website https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/online-safety/z8w8bqt

The BBC provides a range of information about the laws that protect you and your data online as well as content on online security and safety both for adults and children.

 

Cyber Aware https://cyberaware.com/
A government produced site that provides information about how you can protect yourself as well as your device, data, and business online by being cyber aware.

 

INEGE Safeguarding Group https://ineqe.com/2021/11/26/my-childs-first-device/

As a parent or carer, it’s important to remember that even if a child is tech-savvy, they need to be taught how to be tech-safe. This can be daunting with various device brands, apps, and settings to choose from. Online safety experts have created 5 steps to help you make that first device (or brand-new model!) safer for the child or young person in your care.

 

ChatGPT/AI  https://www.childnet.com/blog/what-do-i-need-to-know-about-chatgpt-a-guide-for-parents-and-carers

What do I need to know about ChatGPT? A guide for parents and carers: 

 

Get Safe Online https://www.getsafeonline.org/
Guidelines to protect both yourself and your business online with information on securing your computer, safeguarding children, and using social media safely.

 

ChildNet https://www.childnet.com/

Online resources for parents and carers

Safer Internet  https://saferinternet.org.uk/

A parents’ guide to technology - The UK Safer Internet Centre has created this guide to answer commonly asked questions and introduce some of the most popular devices used by children, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.

 

Internet parental controls

The four big internet providers – BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls that can be activated at any time. Video tutorials on how to download and use these controls are available on the UK Safer Internet Centre website.

 

Childnet International

Resources for children, parents, carers and professionals around keeping young people safe online

https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics/keepingyoung-children-safe-online

https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics

https://parentzone.org.uk/article/disney-parents%E2%80%99-guidewhat-it-and-it-safe-kid

Where to get help

Information about what to do if a child comes to you for help and advice about how to report online concerns such as cyber-bullying, inappropriate content, or illegal behaviour.

 

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) https://www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/
A police agency tackling child abuse on the internet. This web site includes a unique facility that enables parents and young people to make reports of actual or attempted abuse online. 

 

Think U Know https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
This website contains information for children and parents, as well as a link for children to report abuse online. 

 

Internet Watch Foundation https://www.iwf.org.uk/

Part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, the IWF is the UK’s hotline for reporting illegal content found on the internet. It deals specifically with child abuse and criminally obscene images hosted in the UK and internationally.

 

NSPCC  https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
The NSPCC online safety helpline for parents and carers will answer questions and address concerns about a child’s online safety – 0808 800 5000.

 

True Vision  https://www.report-it.org.uk/
Online content which incites hatred on the grounds of race, religion and sexual orientation can be reported to True Vision; a UK website set up to tackle all forms of hate crime, including those on the grounds of disability and transgender identity. 

 

Childline
Children can chat to a counsellor online or talk to someone for advice and support at any time by contacting Childline on 0800 1111. 

 

USEFUL WEBSITES


Digital living magazine from Vodafone.
https://www.vodafone.com/content/parents/digital-parenting/magazines.html

Sharing images and videos online
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Has-your-child-shared-a-picture-or-video-online-/

Sexting
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/Nude-selfies-a-parents-guide/

 

PARENTS' GUIDES TO:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Snapchat

You Tube

Google

 

 

Following the online safety parents' meeting, please find a copy of the information: 

Supporting young people online parents' leaflet

Websites to support safeguarding of children online

'Pokemon Go' information