At Valence Primary, online safety is embedded not only in our computing lessons but is very much a part of how we teach children to stay safe. However, research shows that one of the best ways to support children in keeping themselves safe online, is not only educating the children but also supporting the parents; it is essential that families feel confident in supporting their children in making safe choices using technology. On this page you will find articles from Parentinfo, as well as a general feed of E-Safety resources from twitter and resources created specifically for parents.
Online Safety and COVID-19
While children are learning from home they will naturally be using technology for a longer duration each day. Teachers and staff at Valence have done everything we can to ensure that Google Classroom and ClassDojo are safe places for your children to do their learning during this time. However, parents and carers may like additional support in keeping their children safe during this time.
Here are several resources to help:
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- Government support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online harms, includes advice about specific harms such as online child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying
- Government support to stay safe online includes security and privacy settings, blocking unsuitable content, and parental controls
The policies below outline how we teach and support children, as well as some helpful resources for home. Our strategy for keeping children safe online works best when families and the school provide children with the same message.
- Online Safety Policy 2018 (PDF)
- Social Media Policy 2016 (PDF)
- Mobile phone policy 2019 (PDF)
- Mobile Phone Protocol 2019 (PDF)
- Fortnite Factsheet (PDF)
- Instagram Parents Guide (PDF)
- Kik Messenger Parents Guide (PDF)
- Omegle Parents Guide (PDF)
- ooVoo Parents Guide (PDF)
- Snapchat Parents Guide (PDF)
- WhatsappGuide (PDF)
- Yellow Parents Guide (PDF)
- YouNow Parents Guide (PDF)
- YouTube Parents Guide (PDF)
- Live Streaming Guide (PDF)
Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online.
Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.
Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support.
Internet Matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world.
London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online.
Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games.
www.net-aware.org.uk/news/cyberbullying-tips (Net-aware online bullying tips)
Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation.
UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services.
If you have an e-Safety incident to report you can use the form below to bring it to our attention.