Keeping your child safe online
The internet is a fantastic tool and there is a wealth of information online. We encourage all our pupils to use the internet to extend their knowledge and understanding around a range of subjects.
The internet can, however, be a daunting and sometimes dangerous place for children. We regularly teach online safety within lessons across all age ranges within school.
As a parent you need to be aware of the risks your child will face when they use the internet and other electronic forms of communication. On this page, you will find some useful material to help you keep your child safe online.
- At school we take several steps to ensure that children are kept safe while using the internet and electronic communication.
- We use targeted filtering to prevent access to websites that are not suitable or may be dangerous.
- Internet access in supervised and we monitor the websites that are accessed.
- Children are also taught how to use the technology safely so that they can keep themselves safe.
- We appreciate parents and carers can have a difficult job keeping up with their children on the fast changing technology available to them, let alone knowing the dangers they face. The issues of safety, privacy, online predators or grooming and cyberbullying are sometimes complex, both technically and psychologically and parents and carers can struggle to keep up.
- To help parents we have put together a selection of links to websites that will help them to ensure that their children can reap the benefits of the Internet while staying safe.
- All of the big internet providers can enable internet filtering to help you protect your children from unsuitable websites. The link below from Safer Internet provides information about filtering your home internet connection. But you should remember that your child may have access to the internet on their mobile device by using internet provider, by the mobile provider or by connecting to other wireless services.
- Social media is hugely popular. Everyday, millions of people actively use Facebook and millions of Instagram photos are shared.
- For the majority of people, social media is a positive experience, a way to share photos and news stories and communicate with family and friends all over the world. If you are a parent or carer, there’s a good chance your child will want to use social media. If you have very young children, you can probably prevent them, but if they have access to laptops, games consoles, tablets and smartphones, it becomes increasingly difficult.
- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat have a minimum age policy of 13 and WhatsApp’s is 16. However, it’s fairly easy to circumnavigate this by entering false information.
- As a parent, the best thing you can do is be aware of the risks of using social media and communicate these to your child. So, if a problem occurs, you are both ready.
- If you’ve got a young child, make sure safety features are activated. If your child is slightly older, talk through the safety features together, so your child understands what each one does.
It’s really important to talk to your children about social media, try to understand why they use it, and inform them of potential dangers. This allows you to understand what they are doing and encourages them to think about the implications of their online actions and how they behave.
We would like remind parents that the minimum age to open an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Skype and Snapchat is 13. Whilst many parents choose to allow younger children to use these services, we cannot recommend this.
Further information is available at the NSPCC site Net Aware
- Many children spend a lot of time watching vloggers (Video Log) such as Zoella. (Zoella can have over 3 million hits on her uploads!
- Some children chose to emulate these Vloggers, and in doing so without careful thought can leave themselves open to bullying or online grooming by revealing personal details and making videos and comments available to anyone.
- This is not illegal but the minimum age to create a Youtube account is 13. Having an account for a younger child breaks the terms and conditions of the site. It is not possible to upload videos without creating an account.
The following links provide additional information for parents and carers:
- There are several ways to keep your children safe on your home computer or laptop.
- Windows offers parental control systems that allow you to block or control what your children can see. The links below will help you set these up.
Apple computers provide controls for parents which you can read about below.
- Games offer a wide range of experiences to suit all tastes and abilities. Some of these focus on entertainment, but others also include educational, cultural, social and skills benefits.
- By finding the right games for your family, you can discover experiences that take you to new worlds, encourage fresh creativity and get the whole family playing together. From educational benefits to collaboration and teamwork skills, there are a wide range of benefits that video games offer families.
- The links below provide more information about selecting suitable games for your children and protecting them against unsuitable games
All of the modern games consoles and other gaming devices can now access the internet but also provide some controls so that parents can have some control over what can be accessed. The links below will provide information on how to use these controls.
X-BOX - https://support.xbox.com/en-GB/xbox-360/security/xbox-live-parental-control
PlayStation 4 - https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/get-help/help-library/my-account/parental-controls/parental-controls-on-playstation-4/
Safer Internet Gaming Devices - http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-to-technology/gaming-devices
In Game Chat
- While playing games online is often great fun, it's important you understand why your children will chat online, what risks there are and what measures you can take to protect them while they’re playing their favourite games.
- If you’re the parent or carer of a school-age child, you’ve probably heard of Roblox. Launched in 2006, it’s now one of the world’s most popular video games, with more than 100 million monthly users, mostly between the ages of nine and 15.
- But while it offers a dizzying amount of interactive entertainment for its target audience, it has found itself in the news more than once due to fears over its safety.
- Here’s what parents and carers need to know about it – and how to ensure your child has an enjoyable and safe experience when playing it.
Smartphones and Mobiles
- There a many mobile devices available now that can access the internet. The websites below provide some helpful information about the potential dangers of mobile devices.
- Safer Internet Smartphones - http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-to-technology/smartphones
- If your child's device is accessing the internet on a mobile phone network then the networks are required to provide a content filter to protect young users. However this is normally switched off to start with so you will need to contact them to enable it. The links below will take you to the mobile network provider's websites.
3 - http://www.three.co.uk
Tesco Mobile - http://www.tesco.com/mobilenetwork
O2 - http://www.o2.co.uk
Orange - http://www.orange.co.uk
T-Mobile - http://www.t-mobile.co.uk
Vodafone - http://help.vodafone.co.uk
Virgin - http://www.virginmobile.com
Tablet Devices And Internet Enabled Devices
Safer Internet Tablets - http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-to-technology/internet-enabled-devices
Android Parental Controls - https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/1075738?hl=en-GB
Apple Devices: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201304
We take online safety very seriously at Bramley St. Peter’s, and are proud to have partnered with the Safer Schools app to provide teachers, parents and pupils with information that will help to educate, empower and protect our whole school community.
The Safer Schools app is the perfect digital safeguarding communication and training toolkit. Information on the app is constantly updated and always kept up to date with the latest digital crazes and the issues we may come across while using them.
We encourage all our staff and parents to download the app to find out how to help keep our children here at Bramley St. Peter’s safe while allowing them the freedom to explore and learn on their own digital platform.
Scan the QR codes below to download the app straight to your device or alternatively, search for 'Safer Schools' in the App Store or Google Play and follow the instructions below to gain access.
Logging in to the Safer Schools App
1. Select your school from the dropdown menu and click ‘continue’.
2. Enter the four digit entry code provided or scan the QR code below.
Parent/Carer - Primary
Other useful websites and videos to support online safety:
Think U Know - Jessie & Friends: Online safety education for 4-7s
Think U Know - Play Like Share: Helping 8-10 years stay safe online