Online safety is now more important than ever. IT has enabled us to continue to provide an education for most of our pupils and we must remain vigilant of what the children are accessing online.

All pupils have to sign our acceptable use policy before being permitted to access our online learning. You can find out acceptable use policy and agreements here.

Top tips:
• Always stay in the same room as your child when they are using the internet.
• Ensure that you have the correct child-friendly settings on any devices that the children are using.
• When possible, sit with your child so that you can support them in their learning but also keep a close check on what they are accessing online.
• If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the safeguarding team: safeguarding.hcl@e-act.org.uk

Use these SMART rules to help teach your child about keeping safe online.

 

e-act pupil safeguarding notice

Please watch this video recorded by our Regional Safeguarding Lead, John Spring.

 

 

Useful websites

There are lots of useful links here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-staying-safe-online#useful-links

The websites below contain expert support and practical tips on keeping your child safe online:

This document gives some great tips on how to set privacy settings on lots of different popular social media apps.

This video from Internet Matters explains how to apply parental restrictions at home.

This wizard from Internet Matters guides you through the process of applying parental restrictions at home to many different types of devices, from mobile phones and tablets, to broadband routers and apps.

Net Aware from the NSPCC is a website that lists many apps that children use. It explains their risks and how you can keep children safe if they’re using them. Click here to view the website.

Childnet International, a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. Click here to view the website.

Kidsmart is an award winning practical internet safety programme website for schools, young people, parents, and agencies, produced by the children’s internet charity Childnet International. Click here to view the website.

Safety Net Kids is involved with Safety Net at looking at things that make us feel unsafe and working on them ourselves. To be safe means to be comfy and not scared.  They do things like standing up to bullies without being mean, listening to our bodies as they are clever at spotting danger and thinking about things we can do to make the areas where we live safer. Click here to view the website.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) helps keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. We help thousands of children and young people every year, as well as their parents and carers who have been in a similar situation to you. CEOP are unable to respond to reports about bullying, fake accounts or account hacking. Click here to view the website.

 

Worried about YouTube?

During our last E-Safety parental workshop, many parents raised their worries about their children using YouTube at home. We also share these anxieties so we’ve looked into some possible options to help you.

The best way to ensure your children are safe online is to encourage them to use their devices within shared family areas and to openly talk to them about the dangers.

 

The simplest option (for tablets and phones) — YouTube Kids

Simply install the app on your children’s devices and remove the adult-version of YouTube. Your children will only be able to access specially selected content for their age group. The adverts are also suitable towards children.

See more information about YouTube Kids by clicking here.

 

Setting up parental controls on YouTube (for laptops and computers)

This involves signing into YouTube and setting up parental restrictions. You can then see what your children are looking at. There are more instructions on how to do this here.

Alternatively watch this video for a brief guide on how to do this.’

 

Online Games

Here is a link to a website that gives parental guidance on how to keep their children safe when gaming online. http://parentinfo.org/page/for-schools.

 

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