Robert Peel Primary Schools Online Safety Policy outlines what we will do to safeguard children using the internet. The policy has been drawn up through the involvement of the whole school community and we are committed to developing an e-safety culture whereby children are able to use the internet in a safe and effective way. Our school vision encompasses our passion to ensure children are able to succeed in a safe environment.
Put yourself in control - Make use of the parental controls on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. You can find out how by visiting www.internetmatters.org/controls/interactive-guide/
Search safely - Use safe search engines such as swiggle.org or kids-search.com. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube.
Agree boundaries - Be clear what your child can and cannot do online - where they can use the internet, how much time they can spend online, the sites they can visit and the type of information they can share. Agree with your child when they can have a mobile phone or tablet.
Explore together - The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about it. Keep computers and other mobile devices in a communal area so you can see what sites they are visiting and they can share interesting sites with you.
Check if it is suitable? - The age ratings that come with games, apps, films and social networks are a good guide to whether they are suitable for your child. The minimum age limit is 13 for several social networking sites, including Facebook and Instagram.
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre. They produce online safety at home packs which are now available to download and share.
Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online. Some specific site/app information can be accessed here.
You can access the DfE online parents support website called Parent Info here
Websites to offer guidance and advice.