The internet is amazing. However it is not without risks. At Wilbury we teach children about how the internet works, how to access it and importantly how to be safe when using it.
In computing lessons we teach children to be SMART when using the internet and we positively reinforce these messages when they are using the internet across the curriculum. They are required to sign an acceptable use policy at the beginning of each year which sets out the expectations regarding technology use. A copy of the agreement can be read here.
Our online safety lessons are taught in every year group and are supplemented with outside speakers and assemblies. Children learn to use the internet safely, responsibly and how to report any concerns they have.
The SMART rules act as a quick way to remember the key points.
There is a lot of information available to help children and parents understand how to use the internet safely. Below are some websites which provide excellent resources.
Parent Factsheets - a collection of fact sheets with information for parents about the key topics
Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.
Kids Online World A website that is full of information regarding popular apps, games & parental controls etc. A very good source of information with articles, podcasts and videos which explain what young people are doing online and the risks to be aware of.
An excellent website which has lots of information for parents about how to keep children safe when they are using the internet. It includes information about different devices and how to add parental controls.
UK Safer internet Centre
Offers tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep children safe online.
Top tips, games and internet safety information for children and Parents. We use the Kara and the Smart Crew videos to introduce the Smart Rules in Year 3. They have also created this leaflet for parents, which is available in a range of languages.
Think You Know
Has information for Children and Parents. We use a lot of these resources in our online safety lessons including the ‘Lee and Kim’ and ‘Jigsaw’ videos.
Resources for Parents and children about key topics.
Information to help keep children safe when they’re using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.
Parent Zone have partnered with Google to provide a range of resources to teach children about being safe online. We use the ‘Be Internet Legends’ resources in school. There are also Digital Drop-ins for parents to gain practical tips about Online safety.