Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others.
Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online.Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school
Helpful links to look at with your family
Tips for staying safe online:
· Make sure you keep new online friends strictly online. If someone you don't know asks to be your online friend you must ensure an adult knows about it.
· Know how to use the CEOP Button and how to report it to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards you.
Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Christ the King. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any online incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our Online Safety Policy. Online safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the Online Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
As parents, you all know how important and useful the internet can be to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place full of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. If not managed correctly, children using modern computer games consoles can be exposed to inappropriate content and have contact with numerous strangers online. Please read the 'Dangers of Online Gaming' sections in the links below and set up the appropriate parental controls on your consoles at home.
Please engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
Think about how you use the internet as a family.
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few internet sites which are fantastic resources. They contain information on different types of social media, gaming etc. and how to help keep children safe whilst they are using them.
Online Safety Links
Click these links below for more information and resources for online safety:
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ (support and advice)
https://www.internetmatters.org/ (support and advice)
http://www.childnet.com/ (a range of support and advice – check out the resources page)
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parental-controls-offered-your-home-internet-provider (How to set up parental controls for the internet at home)
https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ (report abuse)
Also see the links on the safeguarding page.
Please be aware of a chat room application called Discord. This app is commonly used by gamers to talk to each other whilst gaming. Users can send direct messages to one another or listen in to larger group chats. Connecting with friends is easy - users can simply join an existing gaming server or send an email invitation to start a new one. Most significantly, you do not have to download an app to use it as it can be accessed via any browser and is free to use.,mm
Internal filtering systems in schools make pick this up if there is any activity, but it is important to share this information with schools and for them to share with parents as the Discord social networking tool is geared towards adults, not children and young people.
The link below provides more information about Discord, with some parental advice relating to the app.