This section of the website has been created to give children information about being safe online and also for parents to find out what they can do to keep their children safe when they are using the internet. At the end of this page are a number of links that parents can use to find out lots of information about the dangers of the internet and how to prevent them.
The online world is rapidly developing and many of our children now have access to devices which enable them to connect to the internet, take images or video and communicate with others. While it is important not to obstruct them from developing skills from using these devices, it is essential that parents support their children in navigating the online world.
Some of the issues related to primary pupils using the internet are
- Accessing inappropriate content on the internet
- Using ‘mature’ social networking sites, such as Facebook, and connecting with individuals they don’t know
- Being cyberbullied by others on the internet
- Using technology appropriately, e.g. webcams and cameras on mobile devices
- Sharing personal information with others they don’t know on the internet.
- Playing video games with adult rating, e.g. Call of Duty.
If you feel that your child is being groomed or abused online, then use the Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) Centrents reporting form:
THE IMPORTANT MESSAGE IS THAT PRIMARY-AGED CHILDREN CAN SPEAK TO A RESPONSIBLE ADULT IF THEY FEEL WORRIED ABOUT SOMETHING RELATED TO THE INTERNET.
For further information about family filtering for home broadband
For more information click on the following links:
CEOP Parent’s guide to the internet (video)
CEOP Primary parent’s site (advice)
UK SIC Guide to technology (advice)
Pan European Game Information - (advice on computer game age ratings)
YHGfL Digital parenting (documents and links)