Rest assured, staff will continue to look out for signs a child may be at risk whist at school. Any such concerns will be dealt with as per the child protection policy and where appropriate referrals will still be made to children’s social care and as required the police.
On top of this there are a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents, carers and children.
Parents and children, as well as reporting any concerns back to school, there is also some practical support available at:
- NSPCC - Advice and support for parents and carers
- Childline - for support
- UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content
- CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse
We will be in regular contact with our parents and carers. We'd like to take this opportunity to reinforce the importance of children being safe online. During this time, it is especially important for parents and carers to be aware of what your child/children are doing online and who they are interacting with.
If you choose to supplement our school online offer with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors, we'd like to highlight the need to secure any online support from a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children. Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online includes:
- Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
Mrs Allan's online safety assembly
Worries About Unsupervised Children Online
All primary age children should be supervised online at all times. And that we strongly advise that age ratings for apps should be considered by families. Europol state that they have recently seen a surge in dangerous contact between children and predators on social media apps and the age ratings are there to keep the children safe.
- Facebook - 13 years old
- Instagram- 13 years old
- Tik Tok -13 years old
- WhatsApp -16 years old
- House Party - 13 years old
Some Apps that are causing considerable concerns with NSPCC and should strictly not be used by children due to their focus on communicating with strangers are-
- Kids Chat
- Meet Me
Please check that your children are not accessing these platforms.
Top Tip- We strongly ask you to consider following the age ratings for all social media apps, but if you do allow your child to use them, it is recommended you also use them. Friend your child, follow them, so you can check they are not posting content that can leave make them vulnerable and follow any influencers they do, that way you can view the online content they are viewing and intervene if necessary.
Remember, when your children are online, they are accessing the adult world, without the life skills to know how to navigate difficult communications and content. Communication and open dialogue are the key to keeping your children safe online. Information acquired from PREVENT, shows huge numbers of children trying to 'manage', difficult online situations for fear of getting into trouble or banned from devices games or apps. Communicating with your child that they can tell you anything, it the best possible prevention for this.
If you are worried or concerned about your child's online habits or any games or platforms your child is accessing, please make contact with the school, and we can help to support you with this.
Yours in partnership,
Growing up in a digital world is not easy. Having access to social media platforms and online games on a daily basis can leave your child struggling with self-esteem, feeling low or unable to express their emotions. The online world has opened up our children’s worlds like never before, but this can leave them open to being bullied or a friend being unpleasant. The SafeToNet app helps our children become responsible and safe whilst using mobile devices.
The built-in keyboard recognises signs of low self-esteem and potentially harmful messages. It alerts the child immediately and offers support and guidance on how to deal with the issue, whilst steering the child away from trouble. The way it does this is twofold: it guides the child away from sending any potentially harmful outgoing messages and alerts parents to any worrying activity, whilst providing parents with guidance on how to support their child.
The insight feature provides the parents with invaluable information into their child’s digital wellbeing while ensuring your child’s privacy.
The app is easy to install and easy to use. Simply download the SafeToNet app on to your device, then download the SafeToNet app onto your child’s device and install the keyboard. The app is free for life to all UK parents, simple type in the code: SAFE when installing the app.