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Concerns

If you or your child have any concerns regarding online safety please save any evidence you may have and contact Miss Thomas.

Alternatively, please pop in to the school office and we'll arrange for you to see a member of staff that can help.

 

Conversation

The NSPCC website offers great advice on how to approach your child with regards to online safety.

It states that regular and open conversation is the best way to keep your child safe when online.

 

Talk to your child about what 'personal information' is - such as email address, full name, phone number, address and school name - and why it's important.  A frightening statistic of children did not realise that informing people of their primary school classed as personal information.

 

Explain simple ways to protect privacy. For example, avoiding usernames like birth dates or locations that give away too much information.

 

Discuss images and photos, and what might be appropriate. Help your child understand how photographs can give people a sense of your personality, and that sharing the wrong kind of image can give the wrong impression.

 

Explain that it isn't easy to identify someone online. People aren't always who they say they are, so don't share personal information. If it's someone who genuinely knows your child, they shouldn't need to ask for personal information online.

 

Tell your child that if they're in any doubt they should talk to you first, or failing that, a member of staff.

 

Parental Controls

Parental controls can be used to block upsetting or harmful content, control in-app purchases or manage how long your child spends online.

 

Innocent searches sometimes reveal not so innocent results. So if you’re worried about what your child is searching for online, who they’re talking to or what they’re seeing, please visit this link to help set up parental controls on your computers/devices.

 

Apps and Websites

The best advice I can give to parents unsure of the apps and websites their children are using is, without a doubt, NetAware (in association with 02 and NSPCC).  This website reviews all social networks, apps and games that children are using including age restrictions and also gives ratings from other parents.

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