The Internet, an international computer network, a global phenomenon, whether accessed from your computer or a computer in an internet cafe, your mobile phone or tablet, has become an integrated part of everyday modern family life. The internet is used to communicate with each other via email or video messaging, to buy and sell goods, to provide you with online banking, to find information or look up that address and increasingly for socialising. It can also have a darker side with cybercrime, inappropriate material and illegal activity taking place online affecting both adults and children.
Online safety is concerned with the safeguarding of young people in the “digital” world and ensuring they feel safe when accessing all electronic technology.
Working with East Sussex County Council to help children, parents/carers and teachers understand online dangers and how to combat them. The school also utilise global technology partners Microsoft and Juniper to assist with security, Anti-Virus protection and URL/Web-browsing filtering services. The school recommends the nationally acclaimed ‘ThinkUKnow’ Internet safety scheme. The ThinkUKnow scheme from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) highlights the importance of online safety to children and parents and also encourages them to use the “Report Abuse” button which can be used to get help and advice and report illegal online behaviour.
Safeguarding our Children from Extremism and Radicalisation
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 obliges schools and other authorities to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism or extremism.
It important that these risks and dangers are considered for every child, right across the country. This includes those places that have not traditionally seen themselves as being at risk, such as in a primary school like ours. We recognise this fact and ensure that children are safe from online terrorist and extremist material in school, via appropriate levels of filtering, we check the suitability of visiting speakers and make sure that our staff are equipped to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism, as well as to challenge extremist ideas. They know how to refer children for further help.
Please remember that everyone has a responsibility to take action to report any concerning content online including our parents, staff, governors and children:
- Report extremist content to social media providers. Find out more at www.seeitreportit.org and in the UK Safer Internet Centre's guide to safety tools on social networks at www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/safety-tools-on-online-services
- Report terrorism-related content to the police's Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) at www.gov.uk/report-terrorism
Online Safety Newsletters
Online Safety in the Home
Parents Online Safety Newsletter
- Edition 1: Welcome and Introduction | What is Online Safety? | The Risk - Cyberbullying
- Edition 2: The Risk - Facebook | Useful Websites
- Edition 3: Discussing Safe Use With Your Child | How and Where to Report
- Edition 4: Social Networks | Meet Safe as Sam
- Edition 5: Apps, apps and more apps
- Edition 6: Video Games - Positives, negatives and PEGI ratings
- Edition 7: Boundaries and rules - simple tips for parents
- Edition 8: 18 Rated Games | Social Networks
- Edition 9: Sleep Deprivation | Advice and Guidance
- Edition 10: What is appropriate? | What is the internet? | Questions and Answers
- Edition 11: Content within games | Screentime for children | What is social networking? | Snippets and useful articles
CEOP Advice for Parents
- Many young people are very anxious regarding how their parents may react if they are made aware of their child’s activity online. In many instances this prevents children/young people from speaking out when something is happening to them online. It is important that, whilst children are made aware of boundaries to their behaviour and advised how to keep themselves safe, they are also made aware that it is never too late to tell somebody if something goes wrong.
- Encourage child/ren to think of an adult that they can trust to tell if somebody is frightening, upsetting or hurting them. This could be a parent, teacher, youth club worker or an agency like CEOP. Please emphasise to them that the main aim of that person will be try to keep them safe and to stop the behaviour that is causing them to be frightened or upset.
- If possible, remove or disable any webcam facility on the computer being used by the child/ren. Only reinstall this at times when a trusted adult is able to supervise their use of it.
- Parents should have access to all of their child’s online accounts and control the passwords. This includes email, Facebook, Skype and MSN etc. In addition, we encourage parents to routinely review children’s internet accounts to ensure that they are not placing them at risk or are not being exploited by way of their activities online.
- When children are considering using a new game, website or application, we encourage parents to check the terms of service for that game, etc. to ensure they are fully informed of the nature of the provision (i.e. are there live chat facilities/webcam etc provided) and so they are sure their child meets the minimum age requirements. Children must be aged 13 years and above to hold a Facebook account and other websites used by children will also have minimum age restrictions.
- Remember that internet connection is included within smartphones, tablets, ipods, laptops and games consoles, not just computers, so the same precautions should be taken with them.
- We would also suggest parents link all of their child’s accounts, including emails, to their own. This means any emails their child gets, they will also get, which should warn them if their child registers for inappropriate websites or is in receipt of any suspicious contact.
- We advise children not to talk to anyone online that they do not personally know offline. This is sometimes made difficult due to the nature of games such as MMOs or other online communities, so we encourage children not to move people across platforms (i.e. from games to facebook or from facebook to skype) unless they are known to them in real life.
- Parents should discuss the online identities that their child uses when online. Advise them of the risks in which they may place themselves if they portrays themselves as being older or if they create online personas that include suggestive nicknames, their own name and or age i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. CEOP are often able to identify young people who come to notice, solely by the information they share within chats and their user names/online identities.
- SPAM - is really common among users. This type of message is computer generated and it is almost impossible to find its source. Unfortunately there is little that we at CEOP can do to stop it. Some messages request that a credit card is used to prove identity, under no circumstances should you disclose this information. I recommend that first of all, your child changes the passwords on their accounts and keeps them private at all times. It’s best to tell their contacts to do the same, as they could all be sending it to each other without knowing. It’s best they do not add anyone that they do not know to their instant messenger contacts, as this will make them more vulnerable to this type of thing. our child should block this contact and not accept them as a friend. It’s a good idea, that if they come across it again, they close the window straight away. Sometimes, replying to anything at all will let the SPAM know that your account is active, so they will keep sending it to you. The best way to avoid this type of message is to close their account and reopen a new one with a new online address but we recognise that this is not always convenient. This would stop the messages appearing on their account, or those that were contacts.
- We also recommend that parents and children have a look at thinkuknow.co.uk. This is a CEOP website that has separate sections for parents and young people and has some great tips on how to stay safe online.