Children at St Gregory’s Primary School use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular sessions activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. It is important that you have appropriate parental controls set, which you can do through your internet service provider (ISP). Click on the link below to watch a video about how to do this with the main ISPs.
At our school we ensure that our children are taught the basic tips of Internet Safety in every year group.
We have had an Internet Safety Day. It was run by Paul Hay who is an expert in this field. Paul worked with the teachers to lead an assembly and run class lessons.
For the younger years, we use a cartoon which was created by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (CEOPs).
You can see the cartoon on YouTube by clicking here.
It tells the children the 4 Top Tips they need to remember.
- Top Tip 1 : People you don’t know are strangers. They’re not always who they say they are.
- Top Tip 2 : Be nice to people on the computer like you would in the playground.
- Top Tip 3 : Keep your personal information private.
- Top Tip 4 : If you ever get that ‘uh oh’ feeling, you should tell a grown-up you trust.
At our school we ensure that our children are taught the basic tips
For the older year groups, we had a special lesson to help them understand social media and how to be careful using it.
Pupils were shown the link below to help them.
You can see that video on YouTube by clicking here
It is important for all parents to learn about how children use the internet so they can carry on the discussion with their own children at home.
Paul has provided links to useful sites to learn more about Internet Safety and watch other related videos. Here is the site
Paul is also happy for parents to contact him with any questions you may have.
“Digital Parenting” magazine
An organisation called Parentzone have created a great magazine for parents to help them understand how young people use the internet and provide help.
Virgin Media have launched handy tools to help parents of web-ready kids stay ahead of the curve, including ‘Switched on Families’ and Internet Matters’ – https://www.virginmedia.com/shop/broadband/parental-control
Online activity can be monitored via your broadband provider to ensure that your child stays safe on the internet. GoCompare have compiled a guide to broadband parental controls and internet safety for children.https://www.gocompare.com/broadband/parental-controls/
For further study the Government and NSPCC have also great support for parents, please follow the links below: