CEOP is the government’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre, if you wish to report some inappropriate content or behaviour then click on the button and follow the directions on their pages.
A new industry backed website for parents is now available which gives you a good understanding of issues affecting children today. It is definitely worth a look:
Every year internet safety organisations around the world hold a Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day 2017 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February with the slogan ‘Be the Change: Unite for a better internet’. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk. Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe. The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!
Computers are everywhere these days. No matter where we go, we struggle to escape their reach. And our children… they take to them so easily, so quickly. They are just not fazed by them. They are part of their worlds and as they grow, they will become ever more so.
At Gilmorton we know that we are not just teaching children for now, but for their futures as well. Computers will certainly be a part of this future. We see the benefits computing can bring to the way we deliver learning, the way we engage with each other and with the outside world. It finds it’s way into nearly all areas of the school from school assemblies, music and art, to mathematics and science.
Computing at Gilmorton takes in a range of up to date equipment and software which enables children to record audio and video, to manipulate it and share it; to create documents and images; to gather and manipulate data; to engage with others in the outside world; to write and de-bug programs and control objects both real and animated.
We can not keep children in a perfectly safe computing bubble. We need to give them the skills to engage with computing and computers. We need to make them E-Safe.
We start in the Reception class, the children’s first year at school. We talk about who they are, how old they are, where they live; how this is their personal information and they need to keep it safe from others. We discuss what usernames and passwords are and that they should also keep them safe. We then give them access to their own space on our school networks and web spaces.
As they move through school, learning how to be E-Safe is revisited, revised and expanded upon. Each computing unit of work has some element of E-Safety embedded within it.
You can help your child – and yourself – become more E-Safe by keeping up to date with technology and with the issues surrounding their use.
Remember that Facebook, Beebo, MySpace and similar sites have a minimum age requirement of 13 years of age for those signing up for an account. They are there to help keep your children safe. With this in mind our pupils should not have an account or be using these sites.
Also, at home keep you computers in a shared area so that you can keep in touch with what your children are doing on them and also how much time they are spending on them. Talk to your children about what sites/games they are using so that you can keep up to speed with them and also provide them with appropriate guidance as and when they need it.
The following ideas from the UK Safer Internet Centre are aimed at helping you to help your children:
We have shared the following Safety Posters with both Reception/Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children. Why not put one up next to your computer at home and talk about it with your child?
KS1 e-safety poster
KS2 e-safety poster
(Thanks go to The Federation of The Downs and Northborne CEP Schools for the posters)
The following web links provide a wealth of information for you and are provided by industry experts.
CBBC Stay Safe: a website full of games, videos and other interactive content from the BBC.
Childnet International: a non-profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”.
Digitally Confident – Parents: The Northern Grid’s website to help keep you up to date with on-line / digital life.
UK Safer Internet Centre: Here you can find out the latest advice on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly. Also find a range of practical resources, news and events focussing on the safe and responsible use of the internet and new technologies.
Thinkuknow: The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre’s online safety site, where you will find advice and tips for children, adults and professionals of all ages.
Kidscape: a charity set up to deal specifically with bullying and child sexual abuse.
Bullying UK: a website aimed at providing guidance and support in regards to bullying.
Vodafone Digital Parenting: Vodafone have got together with a range of industry experts to provide you with helpful information and guidance on a range of e-safety topics. They also produce content at this link.
SIP Benchmark looks at the tools available for parents across Europe to assist them in the protection of children who are on-line. It looks at each tool (piece of software) and ranks it according to its functionality, effectiveness and usability.