Online safety

 

At Paulton Infant School, we recognise that the use of technology has become a part of many families lives. With technology updating so quickly and becoming so much cheaper, it is fantastic that we now have the world at our fingertips and can learn in new and engaging ways. However, it is important we use technology safely and appropriately and that our children are aware of the dangers of being online. Through our Computing curriculum, children will be taught how to use technology safely, responsibly, respectfully and securely, and where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. Within our PSHE curriculum, children are taught what positive, healthy and respectful relationships look like, the effects of their actions on others and knowing how to recognise and display respectful behaviour online.

 

Take a look at the Safer Internet website for information on how to keep children safe online at home.

 

There are some wonderful resources available to support conversation about online safety with younger children. These include the Digiduck series by Childnet (a set of ebooks for 3-7 year olds) and Jessie and Friends by ThinkUKnow (a series of videos for 3-7 year olds).

Top Tips for children

  • Always ask a grown up before you go online. They can help you find the best thing to do and check it’s appropriate.

  • Keep personal information private. Don’t tell strangers where you live, your phone number or where you go to school. Only your friends and family need to know that.

  • Get consent, to take or share photographs. Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know, once it’s been shared you can’t control where it goes next.

  • Be kind. When communicating with friends online, remember your actions have a consequence. 

  • Tell a grown up if you need help. Tell a grown up if you feel scared or unhappy about anything you have seen online.

  • Help is available. Seek the help of a trusted adult when needed. You can also call ‘Childline’ on: 08001111 to talk to someone who can help.

Please be mindful that school has very strict filtering processes in place to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any Online-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our E-Safety Policy and our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, which can be found on the Policies page of our website.

 

Further guidance for parents and carers can be found on the following websites: 

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Parent Zone - Check the age rating on popular apps

Safer Internet - Parent's Guide to Technology

NSPCC - Setting up parental controls

NSPCC - Keeping Children Safe Online 

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Internet Matters - Guide for parents of 6-10 year olds

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Internet Matters - Guide for parents of 0-5 year olds

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ThinkUKnow - Preventing Online Abuse

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ThinkUKnow - Help for
4-7 year olds

Childline - support and advice for children

CEOP - Report online abuse or concerns