Online safety is a concern for every parent and there is lots that parents can do in partnership with schools to help keep our children safe. The resources on this page are designed to support children in learning about this world, recognising that all risks can never be eliminated.
Keeping our children safe in the digital world is part of safeguarding. We employ a range of filtering techniques to limit what can be accessed on our network and to block inappropriate content. Even with such measures in place it is vital we teach children about the risks and responsibilities of internet use as well as understanding the potential of technology. This is a key part of our computing curriculum and is taught throughout the school at different points. We also use opportunities such as Internet Safety Day and Anti-Bullying Week to discuss three key areas: contact, content and conduct.
Keeping your child safe is a daily, sub-conscious activity. Whether you are a digital native or digitally naive the good news is that you have all skills you need to help keep your children safe on the internet – you may just not have the knowledge or experience.......yet. It's not possible for children to have a risk-free life. Nor will it help to ban the access and use of the internet.
We believe that what you need to do is to help minimise the risks and dangers.
Do you allow your child to use the internet?
Do you understand Social Networking?
Do you know what a blog is? Or Twitch? Or Fortnite?
Do you know what your child is doing online RIGHT NOW?
We aim to work closely with parents to keep our children safe and encourage parents to talk to their children about E-Safety. 53% of 3-4 year olds are now online, as are 79% of 5-7 year olds.
Below is a link to an Online Safety Workshop for Parents and Carers
We have also produced a guide for parents regarding current online safety issues. This resource is at the foot of this page, and will hopefully be helpful for parents wanting to be as aware as possible of issues that their children may encounter. This guide is designed for parents to read privately and not to share with their children. This is because we'd not want to promote some of the software and technology referenced to the children or give them a mystique that might prove alluring. The guide is intended to help parents understand the online experiences that some children might engage in and where risks exist. This should empower parents to have well-informed conversations with their children about online experiences and conduct.
In addition the links below offer a useful resources for parents.
Cambridgeshire E-Safety website – advice and guidance and useful links
NSPCC – How to set up Parental Controls; Online games – Helping Children to Play safe; Talking to your Child about Staying Safe Online; • Child Safety Online: A Practical Guide for Parents and Carers whose Children are Using Social
Net Aware – Your guide to social networks kids use
Parent Zone - Making the Internet work for families
Childnet – A parents’ guide to the world of online gaming, with great advice on PEGI ratings blocking and reporting and how to use parental control options
Think U Know – Cyber cafe pages for 5-7 and 8-10 year olds to explore key online safety issues as well as resources for parents
CEOP – Child Exploitation and Online Protection website where you can report online sexual abuse and find out information.
For further information on Online Safety in school please see our Acceptable Use Policies on our website.
As part of our online safety programme of teaching we show Years 5 and 6 the video created by CEOP for children aged 8-10 years old called Jigsaw – see the link below.
Alternatively if you’d rather talk to someone…
02 are partnering with NSPCC to provide a helpline. Whether you want to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks, experts from the free O2 & NSPCC helpline can help. You can contact them on 0808 800 5002