Keeping Safe Online
Being online is such an integral part of children and young people’s lives. Social media, online games, websites and apps can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets – all of which form a part of children and young people’s online world.
The internet and online technology provides new opportunities for young people’s learning and growth, but it can also expose them to new types of risks.
This is why E-Safety forms such a fundamental part of our schools’ safeguarding and child protection measures, here at Bursted Wood Primary School. It is embedded into our school curriculum (particularly in Computing and PSHE) and now recently, with online learning. Children are taught how to stay safe and behave appropriately when online and know what to do in certain situations, empowering them to think critically, behave safely and participate responsibly in our digital world. We also foster an open environment in which children and young people are encouraged to ask any questions and participate in an ongoing conversation about the benefits and dangers of the online world.
This is backed up by the Government guidance across the UK, which highlights the importance of safeguarding children and young people from harmful and inappropriate online material. (Department for Education, 2020; Department of Education (Northern Ireland), 2017; Scottish Government, 2017; Welsh Government, 2015).
Use the links below to learn more about how to stay safe online:
CBBC (stay safe online): https://www.bbc.com/ownit
Safety Net Kids: http://www.safetynetkids.org.uk/personal-safety/staying-safe-online/
Childnet (KidSMART): https://www.childnet.com/resources/looking-for-kidsmart
Together with our Parents, we help to ensure our message of ‘Keeping children safe online’, is consistent. This ensures that children know how they can keep safe and behave appropriately when online, for education around ‘safe use’ is essential.
Internet matters: https://www.internetmatters.org/
London Grid for Learning: https://www.lgfl.net/online-safety/resource-centre?s=16
UK Safer Internet Centre: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
Let’s talk about it - https://www.ltai.info/staying-safe-online/
Action for children: https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/news-and-blogs/parenting-tips/2016/september/5-ways-to-help-children-and-young-people-stay-safe-online/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIweybi-m_6gIV1YBQBh3bLQfgEAAYAiAAEgI8IfD_BwE
Net – aware: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
National Online Safety
National Online Safety has a whole school community approach to Online Safety, providing training courses and resources for teachers, parents and children.
Please follow National Online Safety on Twitter, for a ‘Wake up Wednesday’ free guides for Parents! https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides/twitter-online-safety-guide-for-parents