Online Safety at Cleveland Road Primary School and home
Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Cleveland Road Primary School. E-Safety (online safety) is taught to all pupils, which explains and demonstrates how to stay safe and behave appropriately online but we can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with you. It's important that we are all vigilant when children are using the Internet and act to ensure they are protected from the people who may pose a risk to them. Children can accidentally or deliberately be exposed to illegal, unwanted or unpleasant content, comments or activity online and there are steps you can take to minimise this risk.
Four steps to providing a safer Internet for your children
1: Have an on-going conversation about what your child is using the Internet for and how they can stay safe
2: Use safety tools on social network sites and other online services. Look through the helpful links on the other side of this page to find privacy guides and how to set these up.
3: Decide if you would like to use parental controls at home. Look through the helpful links on the other side of this page to find parental control guides and how to set these up at home.
4: Understand what devices can use the Internet and research devices, games, films and apps before purchasing for your child. Using the Common Sense Media website will help you understand a product.
We follow the S.M.A.R.T rules at Cleveland Road Primary School while using the Internet
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, pictures 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 with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family
Tell your 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.
Resources to help you create a safer online world for your children
Us Online - http://usonline3.lgfl.org.uk/
You will need your Frog Username and password to access this website
Secure Passwords – https://howsecureismypassword.net/
A program that will test how secure a password is
Common Sense Media - https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
A parental guide to all types of media, film, games, apps, music and websites
A parent’s guide to social media websites and apps. Follow the Net Aware links on this page.
Parental controls - http://parentalcontrols-on.org/
Explains how to setup parental controls on a wide range of devices and your Internet provider
Privacy Settings - http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/social-media-privacy-settings/
Explains how to set up privacy settings on a wide range of social media websites
A Parental guide to technology - https://saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers
Guides that range from a smartphone to a Nintendo 3DS and covers how to secure your Internet browsers
Interactive presentation about the Internet delivered in multiple languages.
KidSmart - http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/
An online guide to E-Safety for children and parents, this is the website we use at Cleveland
Think You Know - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Parent and carer section, use the "click CEOP" button for advice and report online abuse
If you have any questions/queries or concerns about Online Safety then please contact Mr White or Mr Smith by asking at the front office.
Here are 5 Ps for parents to consider about social networking sites.
Stay positive about social networking sites – try to strike a balance between educating children and young people to behave safely and trusting them to get on with it.
Most social network providers make available tools for user protection, including privacy tools and it is important to make sure that children know how to use these tools. It’s important to discuss the value of privacy with children. Encourage your child to keep their passwords private and work with them to check the privacy settings on their account which limit how much of their information can be seen by others – for example, encourage your child to change their settings to private so that only people they allow can see what they post and comment on their space, rather than public which leaves their site open to be viewed by anyone. And encourage them to add friends they know in the real world, remembering that friends they have only met online are still strangers.
It’s natural that children will want to include a photo on their site or proﬁle, but help them think about the implications of posting photos and what is suitable. It is important to think about the type of picture and the kind of attention it might attract, the information it could divulge and who could see it. Suggest that your child ask permission of other people in the images that they post. Also, be aware that photos can be easily copied, changed, shared, used elsewhere, and can potentially stay online forever. One question to ask your child is “would you want a relative or future employer to see this photo?”
The ability to interact with this media and comment on other people’s sites is part of what makes these sites so attractive. However, make sure you help your child to think before they post. Set some ground rules about what is and isn’t OK to say in a blog or proﬁle. This relates to what the child says about others as much as about themselves. What starts off as a joke or gossip can quickly escalate to cause real pain which cannot be taken back.
It’s really important that you encourage your child to tell you about inappropriate or illegal activity they may come across. If they are being harassed by another user, keep the evidence and report that person’s screen name to the SN provider which should act on violations to its terms of service. If you suspect your child is or has been the subject of an inappropriate sexual contact or approach by another person, it’s vital that you help them keep a copy of the evidence and report it to the police via the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre website: www.ceop.gov.uk/reportabuse.