Safer Internet Day

This year’s Safer Internet Day 2017 is celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February with the slogan ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternetday.org.uk.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

At The Minster Nursery & Infant School we will be using Safer Internet Day to remind children of what being safe online means for their age group.

Across society the day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. 

As a result of the collective action Safer Internet Day 2016 reached 2.8 million children and 2.5 million parents!

We hope that you will join with us, and Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe, on Tuesday 7 February 2017 to be the change and unite for a better internet!

All parents received  a copy of the latest copy of Digital Parenting in October. There are spare copies in the foyer leaflet rack and in the NEST Building. Some of the themes within this edition coincide nicely with areas we have been exploring with parents including ensuring conversation at home and seeing digital awareness as part of child care and learning. Do please look at Page 4 of the magazine in this regard.

If you have mislaid your copy or prefer to read it on a device, please go to the Digital Parenting issue 5 of Parentzone.

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 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.

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.

General Resources

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 E-Safety and Safeguarding pages 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/

Specific Advice

Blackberry Parental controls

Safe Web Use on iOS Devices (iPad and iPod)

Set parental controls for Xbox 360

Vodafone Help

Vodaphone Content Controls  ee – Keeping Children Safe Online ee – “Not Knowing’s not enough”

Videos Do you know? and Golden Rules videos

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  

CBBC Stay Safe advice and information aimed at younger children, with games and quiz’s.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) In addition if you are worried about anything that has happened on the internet you can report it on the CEOP Advice, Help & Report Page E-Safety Adviser Safer Internet

Digital Parenting Magazine available from www.vodafone.com/content/index/parents.html

The Parent Zone

The NSPCC have factsheets and resources for parents

Know It ALL for Parents from Childnet International

UK Safer Internet Centre have some great resources . It includes quizzes, conversation starters, factsheets about types of devices and guidance on popular parental controls

Get Safe Online

Family Online Safety Institute

Internet Matters

Parent Port – report inappropriate content

Parents Protect

Internet Watch Foundation – Report illegal content