The internet offers many learning opportunities but also entails an element of risk.
This should not be a source of anxiety if, as parents, teachers and carers, we take some precautions and offer the same care and monitoring that we offer with other aspects of our children’s safety. A great way to start is to regularly talk to our children about being safe and looking at what they are looking at online, as we would with what they watch on TV, computer games, videos/ DVDs and any other potential hazards in their daily lives.
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The Minster Nursery & Infant School seeks to encourage children to start to understand their own safety and begin to be aware of the vast opportunities the internet provides and as well as the risks. However, we have a comprehensive, London-wide, web-filtering system that errs on the side of caution for all online materials.
5 SMART Rules
SAFE – Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting online. This includes your email address, phone number and password.
MEETING – Remember, online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time. If you think you or someone you know is talking to someone who want to meet up, tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult.
ACCEPTING – accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
RELIABLE – Someone online might lie about who they are. Information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows.
TELL – Tell your parent, carer, trusted adult or ring Childline on 0800 1111 if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
Be Safe Online
1 I only go online with a grown up
2 I am kind online
3 I keep information about me safe
4 I tell a grown up if something online makes me unhappy
and the thinkuknow top tips
- Always ask a grown up before you use the internet. They can help you find the best thing to do.
- Don’t tell strangers where you live, your phone number or where you go to school. Only your friends and family need to know that.
- Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know. You don’t want strangers looking at photos of you, your friends or your family.
- Tell a grown up if you feel scared or unhappy about anything.
We ask that parents and carers help re-enforce these guidelines at home.
This page cannot examine all aspects of child safety online. Below you can find links to a large variety of links to some useful websites.
We see online safety as part of children’s safety and safeguarding in general and, in that regard, here is a good local resource at the Croydon Safeguarding Children Board.
They have their own e-safety section
Similarly, London Grid for Learning Online Safety Resources have a wealth of advice on a huge range of topics.
The leading government site concerned with Children’s safeguarding CEOP (see link further down), provides a great deal of advice and resources about all forms of e-safety at http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Other great resources
Metropolitan Police ‘Safe’ – Internet Safety provide facts and information on the risks, social networking, cyber bullying, cyber stalking, and online grooming. Also some golden rules to follow.
KidSMART: Information about the internet and about being a smart surfer.
early surfers is specifically aimed at Key Stage One pupils.