Children at Windmill Church of England Primary School use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. It is important that you have appropriate parental controls set, which you can do through your internet service provider (ISP). Click the link below to watch a video about how to do this with the main ISPs.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
- Explore e-safety sites - There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?
- Facebook / Bebo / Myspace - Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them. They do not offer the same levels of protection as Skoodle, allowing children to communicate with anyone.
- Keep your computer in a shared area - Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
Do you know who your internet service provider is?
Look at their website to learn how to set parental controls:
Very often children can use apps and online games that parents don't use themselves. Below are some useful parent guides that explain the dangers of some apps and what you can do to protect your child. Just click the name of the app or game your child uses and the parent guide will load up.
Download our e-Safety Posters:
- We have these e-safety posters on display in our classrooms. Why not put one up next to the computer at home and talk about it with your children?
Some links to more information:
- Think U Know - containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
- Kidsmart - An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
- Know IT All - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
- Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
- Kidscape - An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
- Childline - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.