Children at Staverton use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. Technology enhances learning, and we at Staverton believe that the effective use of the World Wide Web and e-mail is worthwhile and is an essential skill for children as they grow up in the modern world.
In school, we use a filtering system to prevent children accessing inappropriate sites. We also have regular ‘e-safety’ lessons to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
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.
Facebook/bebo/Myspace Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so pupils should not be using them.
Follow the SMART rules to stay safe online.
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information by looking at other websites, in books, or with someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Rules from http://www.childnet.com/young-people/primary
E-Safety and Anti Bullying Policy
Parental information about popular apps
he Hector’s World Safety Button™ is a child-activated safety tool which children can use if something on-screen upsets or worries them.
The Hector’s World Safety Button is a simple executable file which you can download here for free. The file installs a swimming Hector’s World™ character on the computer screen A child can just click on Hector character, who then covers the screen with a beautiful underwater scene and gives the child a positive written message, while encouraging them to get adult help.
What are Parental Controls
Safe Search Engines
Setting safe internet searches with Google SafeSearch
Searching the internet is a daily activity and Google is often the first port of call for homework, shopping and finding answers to any questions. But it is important to remember that you, or your children, might come across inappropriate content during a search, even if they’re searching for something innocent.
Google SafeSearch is a feature which helps you keep adult content out of search results.
Follow these steps to set up Google SafeSearch
- Open Search settings
- Go to www.google.co.uk(link is external) and click on ‘Settings’ at the bottom of the page.
- Click on ‘Search settings’ in the drop-down menu that appears.
- Click ‘Turn on SafeSearch’.
- Click Save at the bottom of the page to save your SafeSearch settings.
Locking your SafeSearch filter level
If you have a Google account, you can lock SafeSearch on your family’s computer so that it is always in place and no-one except you can change the settings.
- Click on ‘Lock SafeSearch’. If you’re not already signed in to your Google account, you’ll be asked to sign in.
- Once you’re signed in, click on ‘Lock SafeSearch’. You’ll be prompted to re-enter your password. It might take a moment for the filters to be applied to all Google domains. You’ll see a confirmation page once the lock is engaged.
- When SafeSearch is locked in place, you’ll see a set of coloured balls at the top of all search pages. If the coloured balls aren’t there, SafeSearch is no longer locked.
- To lock SafeSearch you need to have a Google account.
- SafeSearch isn’t a guarantee that all inappropriate content will be filtered.
- If you use more than one browser you will need to set SafeSearch on each one.
- If you have different user profiles for everyone on the family computer or on different devices, you’ll need to set SafeSearch for each of them.
- If you activate YouTube SafetyMode, SafeSearch is also activated.
- Remind your children that not everything they see on the internet is reliable.
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