Internet and Computer Safety
At Parkside Community Primary School, we feel that the benefits that pupils receive from access to the internet far exceed the disadvantages.
We believe that a combination of site filtering, close supervision and fostering a responsible attitude in our pupils, in partnership with parents, will ensure children’s safety when using these resources.
We teach all children in school about Internet Safety in the ICT and PHSE curriculum. Our children all sign an Acceptable Use Policy for ICT and we expect them to adhere to these rules in line with our behaviour policy. We also take part in Safer Internet Day each February as part of a school-wide initiative to raise the profile of Internet Safety, both at home and in school.
Below are some websites, giving information to parents about how to keep your child safe on the Internet at home. We have also included some websites for children, which contain games and information about Internet Safety.
Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The Thinkuknow site has films, games and advice for children from five all the way to 16.
Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.
Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls
The internet is an amazing place to connect with your friends and discover new things but it can be easy to make mistakes. The SMART rules will really help you to be safe online. They are “Safe, Meet, Accepting, Reliable and Tell” and they can help you to decide what to do in lots of different situations on the internet. Always make sure though that you ask an adult to help you too, if you are worried about anything online.
Look at the websites in the Links section to find out more about staying safe.