Staying Safe Online During the School Closure
We recommend that you download 'Family Link' App to monitor use and screen time of all your children's online activity
During the school closure, we understand it can be tempting to allow your children to spend increasing amounts of time online but there are a few things to concern about safety online. If you have a concern about online content, the way a user is communicating with your child/you or about another child's online usage, click on the 'report to CEOP' button on the home page to report it.
Watch the short video below for some straight forward advice about using the internet safely and responsibly.
When children are playing an online game - especially one that involves an open forum - ensure your child is appropriately dressed and in a suitable, shared space in the home so you can keep an eye on what they are looking at.
Set time limits for screen time. Although the online world will be used for learning over the coming months ensure you as the parent are in control of how long your child is looking at a computer screen. Too much screen time can be detrimental to a child's mental health. It is much easier to set this limit before they start using the device then, encourage your child to get some exercise and move their body.
Use PEGI ratings and user reviews to check the suitability of a game or website before allowing your child use or play it.
Keep personal information private.
Remind your child to online communicate online with REAL LIFE friends.
Remind your child to #bekind online. Talk about how the words they use online can either hurt or uplift someone, just like in real life.
TikTok (Age Rating 13 years old)
Many of our children tells us about their enjoyment of using the self videoing app 'TikTok' even though this app requires all its users to be a minimum age of 13 years old. Unfortunately, since it's release, there have been many incidents of child grooming. With this in mind, the makers of 'TikTok' have been working hard to develop further safety measures within the app.
The BBC reports that TikTok, a social video app that allows users to share short videos, is introducing a family safety mode designed to give parents tighter control over how their children use the app. The safety feature will allow parents and carers to link their account to their child's and have direct control over the safety settings.
Useful Websites For More Information
Below are some websites which can provide further information for parents about keeping safe online at this time.
REMEMBER: Always make sure you are aware of what your child is looking at and doing online and ensure they are playing age appropriate games.
Parent Info Zone on 'Think You Know' website -
Gooseberry Planet advice for parents during the school closure - https://gooseberryplanet.com/safeguarding-during-school-closures-due-to-the-corona-outbreak-parent-advice/?fwd=cd&data=%7B%22email%22%3A%22headteacher%40greenhammerton.n-yorks.sch.uk%22%7D
Thank you to all those that returned our recent parental questionnaire about online-safety. We hope that this page address some of the questions you had for us. We will now focus on tailoring specific support/training based on any other areas of importance for our children.
FOR ADVICE FROM THE NATIONAL ONLINE SAFETY ORGANISATION FOR CURRENT YOUTUBE ISSUES PLEASE CLICK LINK BELOW.
Staying safe online -help and information for parents
www.saferinternet.org.uk - E-safety tips, advice and resources
www.parentinfo.org/ - Lots of good eSafety advice
www.childnet.com- An organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers covering online safety
www.kidsmart.org.uk - Developed by Childnet International, it has information on children's technology and guidance about online safety
www.bullying.co.uk - Twenty percent of children have experienced online bullying, this web site gives advice for children and parents on cyberbullying
Who else can I talk to?
Our local PCSO, Chad Carrington can also be contacted at Rugeley Police Station if your need any further advice. Chad has done a lot of work with our KS2 pupils about staying safe online ands is always happy to support our children in relation to online safety.
In school the designated safeguarding leads are Mr Jobburns and Mr Brandon.
Parents' guide to staying safe online- booklet
Your children may well know a lot more about the internet than you do, so why not read through this booklet to help you support the safe use of digital media. A copy for parents is in the school entrance foyer and we're more than happy to print a copy if required.
BBC parents' guide to internet use https://www.bbc.com/ownit/its-personal/max-and-harvey-social-media-rules?collection=safer-internet-day-2019
Follow the school's SMART guidance