Internet Safety

NSPCC Share Aware Guide

It can be very difficult to keep up to date with your children’s use of the internet. Thanks to the NSPCC, this handy guide for parents gives some great advice on how to keep your children safe on the internet.
Remember these key 3 points:
Talk to your child about internet safety regularly
Get the whole family involved in internet safety
Internet safety starts with you
Please click on the link below and download the ‘Share Aware Guide’ – It only takes 2 seconds!

Browsing the Internet – a Skewed Image for Parents

Recent studies suggest that as much as 35-40% of children and young people aged between 8 and 19 hide their browsing histories from their parents, to prevent them from seeing which websites they have visited. This is understandably worrying for parents. However, you wouldn’t have a clue this was going on, unless you did something to make your children safe online! You can now set up parental controls on the internet very easily, by following a couple of simple steps. Please click on the links below and protect your children online, by blocking harmful sites.
Josh David

Zip it, Block it, Flag it!

This is the simple message from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. This government scheme is aimed at improving our children’s internet safety, by giving parents a simple code to follow. There is an abundance of links available on the website, which will take you to a plethora of useful resources. One simple click could make all the difference…
http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/click-clever-click-safe-help-your-child-enjoy-the-internet-safely
Josh David

It’s Time to Learn What Your Children Know!

Today’s parents are out of touch with technology. The vast majority of parents are unaware of exactly what, who and how their children play and socialise online, and are unaware of the capabilities of the different technological devices that their children have. We are in a worrying situation, where parents need to catch up FAST! “Never before have parents known so little about the mistakes their children are making on a daily basis, or been less educated about the perils and pitfalls they face, or less able to offer any wisdom or guidance.” It is of paramount importance that you educate yourself in what your child is doing online and get to grips with the technology that our children have become all too familiar with. Have a read of this interesting article published by the Telegraph…
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationadvice/10370012/Internet-safety-its-time-to-learn-what-your-children-know.html
I will leave you with this statistic:
‘By the time our children reach 80, they will have spent 25% of their lives in front of a screen for recreation purposes’.
Josh David

Will your government vote for a safer internet?

Digital Manifesto on Internet Safety
The children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet safety (CHIS) have launched a digital manifesto on internet safety. They have sent their manifesto to all major political parties and have received a great deal of support and backing. This highlights the importance of internet safety; as it is being discussed at such a pivotal time in our countries political history. Take a closer look at the manifesto if it interests you…
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/blog/2697_childrens_charities_coalition_on_internet_safety_digital_manifesto
http://www.chis.org.uk/
Josh David

Education is the key to Internet Safety – NOT Prevention

Finding the balance between controlling your child’s online access and giving them the freedom they crave to enjoy the internet, can be tough. The fact is, that in the average household, children often know a great deal more about computers, devices and the internet than their parents. Therefore, although you might think a device is ‘safe’ or harmful things are ‘blocked’, your kids probably know a way to get around that. “The fact that children are fundamentally curious means they will find their way around conventional filters.” In light of this, the main thing any parent should be looking to do in order to maintain their children’s E-Safety is to educate them. To set up blocks and filters is important, but to sit down, talk and educate their children about what is out there and how to enjoy the internet, is what matters most. Have a read of this interesting article about how to find the balance between the two, and click on the website below ‘internet matters’ for some great resources.
Josh David and Kate Alexander

Get Safe Online Quick!

‘Get Safe Online’ have produced some really simple and easy checklists for parents when it comes to E-Safety. Once the dinners cooked, the kids are bathed and tucked up in bed, please do spend 5 minutes to have a read over this short checklist, and ensure that you have done everything necessary to protect your child online. You can’t always protect your children from everything, but when it comes to the internet, there is, thankfully, a great deal you can do!
Mr. David and Miss. Alexander
Children under 5
Children 6-9 years old
Children 10 – 12 years old

Fancy testing your childs E-Safety Knowledge?

Fancy testing your childs E-Safety Knowledge?
Does your child think they know it all when it comes to E-Safety? Fancy themselves as an E-Safety smarty-pants? Well, why don’t you call their bluff, and ask them to take this enjoyable, interactive and educational internet safety quiz aimed at KS2 pupils?
If your little one is aged 5-7, why not test their knowledge with this quiz?
Josh David and Kate Alexander

Great News – We are Internet Safe at St.Catherines!

E-Safety Whole School Audit:

This week, we welcomed ‘Education Child Protection Ltd.’ to St. Catherines. They were invited into our school to conduct a full Audit of the schools proficiency to provide both the children and the staff with an internet safe learning environment. As expected, you will be pleased to know that they were thrilled with everything that St. Catherines have put in place, to ensure your children’s safety online. Here are but just a few of the lovely things they had to say about our school’s internet safety practice;

“All staff take active responsibility for E-Safety”.

“E-Safety education programme takes place and is fully embedded in all aspects of the curriculum in all years and in other school activities”.

“Young people are themselves involved in E-Safety education, with peer mentoring between year groups taking place”.

“The school has carefully considered its approach to E-Safety and provides a consistent E-Safety message to all members of the school community, through a variety of media and activities that promote whole school input. This is particularly apparent when walking around the school with all classrooms and hallways displaying, tips, posters and messages”.

At St. Catherines we are always striving to progress in every area. As a result, we have an action plan in place to further improve our internet safety. We intend to set up a school E-Safety Committee made up of students, governors and parents, to help raise awareness to any E-Safety issues. In addition to this, we will ensure that our policies are adapting and being amended, as quickly as technology is evolving, to ensure that we stay up to date with rapidly progressive technologies.

Well done to all the children and staff at St.Catherines.

Josh David and Kate Alexander.

Instagram; Innocent or Dangerous?

Instagram; Innocent or Dangerous?
Instagram is rapidly becoming one of the most popular forms of social networking. Owned by facebook, Instagram’s popularity is soaring by the second. Every minute of every day, more than 216,000 posts are made on instagram, many of these by children and young people. Did you know that legally, according to Instagram’s terms of use, you can’t set up an Instagram account unless you are 13 years of age? Despite this, many of our children do have accounts, and use instagram daily. Please have a read through ‘SociallyActive’s’ parental guide to Instagram, and ensure your children are safe.
http://sociallyactive.com/instagram-and-kids-a-parents-guide/
Josh David

Safer Internet Centre

Make internet safety a priority for your children with the help of the ‘Safer Internet Centre’. Simply click on the parents and carers section and access the multitude of resources on there designed to help you. But don’t forget, it’s not just you who needs to be E-Safe, so encourage your children to visit the website and access the great resources and games in the ‘Primary Zone’.
Josh David and Kate Alexander

Childnet – Advice and Support for Parents:

I am sure that all parents and carers are familiar with childline and the fantastic work that they do, supporting children and young people, but how many parents and carers know that childnet (an online support tool for children and young people – focused only on internet dangers) exists too? Thanks to childnet, both children and parents/carers have had somewhere to turn to when they feel unsafe online. This handy document is a useful guideline that I would recommend all parents use. Full of conversation starters, top tips, checklists for parents and SMART internet use rules; it has everything you need. Simply click the link below and be internet safe!
http://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Supporting-young-people-online.pdf
Josh David and Kate Alexander