Online safety is an integral part of safeguarding and requires a whole school, cross-curricular approach and collaboration between members of staff, children and their parents or carers.
If parents or carers have any questions or concerns in relation to online safety, please speak to a member of staff.
At All Saints, we believe that all children, parents and carers should be equipped with the knowledge and skills to safeguard themselves online.
This will include:
- Learning about the safe use of new technologies
- Recognising and managing the potential risks associated with online activities
- Behaving responsibly online
- Recognising when pressures from others in the online environment might threaten their personal safety and wellbeing
- Developing effective ways of resisting pressure
- Knowing who to go to with any concerns
The attached links are all recommended by East Sussex County Council to keep your children safe online.
Supporting younger children with online safety.
According to the latest research from Ofcom, nearly half of all 3-4 year olds have their own tablet (Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2022) so it is never too early to start chatting to our children about how to stay safe online. But how can we do this? Here are some of our suggestions:
Use books to spark conversations Childnet have created a collection of five ‘Digiduck’ stories to help you educate your child (aimed at aged 3–7) about online safety. The stories are available here: https://www.childnet.com/resources/digiduck-stories/. In addition, Childnet have created a learning-to-read book for children aged 4 and above titled ‘On the internet.’ The book also includes puzzles to encourage conversations. The book can be downloaded here: https://www.childnet.com/resources/a-learning-to-read-book/
Watch Jessie & Friends together ThinkuKnow have created three different animations for three age groups between 4 – 7 years. ThinkuKnow also provide some useful guidance and advice on what else you can do to keep your child safer online, such as setting up appropriate parental controls. You can find out more here: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends/
Is your child under 5?
This article is specifically aimed at those with children under the age of 5 and discusses the benefits of being online as well as how to create a safer online environment. You can read the article here: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/keeping-your-under-fivesafe-online/
Is your child playing or watching others play games online?
Your child could be using Twitch, Steam, Roblox, YouTube etc to access games or watch others play. We need to make sure that what they are viewing is appropriate for them. It is important to talk to your child to see what they are interested in so you can have a look first to see if they are appropriate. For example, there are games that may appear to be appropriate but are actually horror/survival games and characters can turn more sinister as the game progresses. It is important to remember that children may be playing the game, watching videos of it on sites such as YouTube or playing replicated versions on Roblox for example.
More information https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/onlinegames/
The following websites are also useful in supporting parents and carers with online safety:
Click on this link to report a concern related to exploitation or abuse