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Keeping children safe online is very important. Please read this to find out more about a current issue that you may want to discuss with your child.
This is a great place for parents to find out how to be a good parent online and how to be proactive with working with children in keeping them safe.
As a school we would be happy if we get enough interest to run sessions for parents about online safety and how to keep your child safe. Speak to your child’s classteacher if you are interested.
Thank you for your continued support in ensuring our children are safe but also learn valuable lessons and are good members of both the local community as well as the online community.
As ever if you wish to discuss any aspect raised in this letter please do not hesitate to contact the school.
https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ is a good place to go (it is supported by O2 and the NSPCC) if as a parent you want to find out more about the apps and technology that are being used. If your child uses Whatapp for example I would ask you to go to this link and read what is written by experts about Whatsapp.
Like me you may be shocked to find out the age recommendations and the fact that primary age children should not be using it. There is also advice on a range of apps used for communication as well as for mobile games.
- Common Sense Reviews of games, apps and films by parents and children http://www.commonsensemedia.org/.
- Family Lives Get advice and support whenever you need it. Online mentor available http://www.familylives.org.uk
- Childline Your child can contact ChildLine anytime. Online counsellor available 24 hours a day. www.childline.org.uk
- Internet Matters Working with online safety experts, with guides to help you set parental controls. www.internetmatters.org
SOME HELPFUL PLACES TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION
To support online safety at home please see the links below
- Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)
COMPUTING & ONLINE SAFETY LINKS