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Getting it right – A guide to staying safe online

We value ICT within our school and encourage our children to experience different ways of accessing mobile technology.  From laptops and tablets through to games consoles and iPods, our children are able to access a wealth of resources and explore different technologies to suit their learning styles.

The E-Safety of our children is of paramount importance to the school and something that we monitor and revisit regularly.

We know that parents and carers will also be very concerned that their children are protected and safe when using the Internet, both in school and at home.  There are many useful resources available to support parents and carers in getting it right; in giving parents the confidence to talk to and support their children in the digital world.

Source: UK Safer Internet Centre

The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together to produce some helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider which can be found by using the link below.

Further information and video guides can be found here.

We know that children, particularly younger children, can be bothered by things they see online, and filters can be a helpful tool in reducing the chances of coming across something upsetting. 

Remember that filtering is only part of the solution

No filter or parental controls tool is 100% effective, and many of the risks that young people face online are because of their own and other’s behaviour. It is important to talk to your children about staying safe online with your child and make sure they know that they can turn to you if they get into any difficulty.

Other services that are popular with young people also provide tools that are helpful to activate in addition to filters for example YouTube Safety Mode, Google SafeSearch, 4OD Parental Control, BBC iPlayer Parental Guidance Lock, ITV Player PIN number protection and and Sky Go Parental Controls.

Devices that connect to your home internet

In addition to content filtering offered by your Internet provider, many devices such as games consoles, smartphones and tablets have their own parental controls, for example to limit spending or restrict access to apps based on age rating. Likewise, many web browsers have built-in tools and features to help you control the kinds of content users can view.

Useful Links: – Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online, for schools to host on their own websites.

UK Safer Internet Centre – This site has lots of information for parents covering many different technologies including smartphones, Internet enabled devices and gaming devices.

Thinkuknow – This site has lots of information for parents and children.

PitDA – Parenting in the Digital Age – lots of ways parents can apply their parenting skills to the online world.

Vodaphone – Online magazine with lots of technology and e-safety tips for parents. You can also subscribe to a magazine.