Online Safety Advice for Parents

Al-Ashraf pupils enjoyed learning about and being part of the nation Safer Internet Day 2017.

The upper school classes had some fun interactive sessions with external cyber security experts, which helped them to really understand real life situations pupils find themselves in, when using the internet.

The main theme covered this year was 'The Power of Images'. This helped pupils to understand how powerful images can be when posted on the internet, but at the same time understanding that images should be used safely and positively, which is something that doesn't always happen when we see things online.

A really great day where pupils were able to talk and listen to real life Cyber experts.

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Al-Ashraf Primary school will be actively taking part in Safer Internet Day 2017 with class activities and sessions by IT Security Experts, throughout the day.

Safer Internet Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday 7th February with the theme 'Be the change: unite for a better internet'.

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations unite to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK, of which Al-Ashraf Primary is proud to be a part of.

The digital World is fast overtaking the real one and it is important that our School and Parents work together to ensure our children are safe both in the real World and online.

The Internet opens up so many educational and social opportunities for our children, whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone. All of these devices allow the children to communicate with the wider world. As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. This page is designed to give you more information and tools to help make your child safer online. The articles below provide support on Internet safety at home using a range of devices that have Internet access. 

How to report e-safety issues?

The UK Safer Internet Centre has a comprehensive webpage in order to help parents or guardians report any e-safety issues you have - see  Need Help?  

Alternatively, please speak to a teacher or make an appointment with our Deputy Head who are on hand to help. 

Top tips

Below are some 'Top Tips' for keeping your child as safe as they can be online.

These top tips have been taken from the following websites:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

http://www.ceop.police.uk/

www.kidsmart.org.uk

Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Site which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. 

http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents/digital-parenting.html

This includes their latest magazine - http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/

Set up parental controls on devices and through your internet provider.

This link contains a short helpful video for each of the four main internet providers (BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media) explaining how to activate the free parental controls:

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls

It is also advisable to check that children are using your wireless connection and not that of a neighbour as these parental controls only apply to your own wireless connection.

Devices

For help setting up parental controls on various devices,click on the relevant links:

iPad -  iPod Touch - iPhone - Blackberry - Xbox - PlayStation - Wii

Age Ratings

Know the age ratings for games and apps and use https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ and http://www.pegi.info/ to review the content of these games/apps.

Use the search option to type in the name of the game or app.

Also be aware that many games can also be played online.

For more information on online gaming please follow this link

Top Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe Online

  • Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.  Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The www.thinkuknow.co.uk  site has films, games and advice for child from five all the way to 16.
  • Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
  • Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
  • Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
  • Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
  • Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.
  • Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. There is a link on the 'Think u Know' website which can help you find your service provider and set your controls. 
  • Help you child to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends—personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any  pictures of themselves, their family and friends.  If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it.  Remind them that anyone could be looking at their images!
  • If you child receives spam/junk email and texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them.  It’s not a good idea for your child to open files from people they don’t know.  They won’t know what they contain—it could be a virus or worse—an inappropriate image or film.  
  • Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates online.  They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
  • Teach your child how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.