At Woodlesford Primary School, we relish the opportunity to use and experience a range of new technologies with our cross-curricular approach in an ever-changing digital world. We encourage children to become independent learners and thinkers by developing key skills. Most importantly, we equip the children with skills that they will need for their future in three key areas of digital literacy, information technology and computer science. We ensure that our children have a secure knowledge of online safety and develop the skills to tackle any upsetting or inappropriate content they might access online to remain safe. In addition, children understand the term ‘digital footprint’ and understand how they can take steps to become safer when being online.
Whilst our school has comprehensive teaching and safeguarding arrangements in place to ensure our pupils’ safety online, it is equally as important for parents to talk to their children about online safety and monitor their internet usage at home, using age-appropriate parental controls to restrict their access to unsavoury material.
If you feel your child is being secretive about their use of digital devices or spending too long online, it would be recommended that devices are used in communal family areas to offer extra protection.
Parental controls can be activated on all home broadband, search engines, YouTube, mobile phones and games consoles. It is important to note that content filters may not always work if your child is using a public Wi-Fi source (so it is important to ensure their usage is monitored).
Below are links to provide online safety guidance.
|Parental Controls – Broadband Providers||Safer Internet Advice for Parents & Carers|
|Safety Tips for Mobile Devices (Tablets)||Safer Internet Advice for Parents & Carers Guide - Technology|
|Additional Safety Tips for Mobile Devices (Tablets)||NSPCC Keeping Children Safe on the Internet|
If your child has been targeted online, the website Internet Matters offers a detailed tool to advise you about who it is best to report the incident to.
Where can I go to keep my child safe online?
|DfE Advice for Parents on Cyberbullying||
|Get Safe Online||The UK Safer Internet Centre|
(Home Office, 2015)
|NSPCC Online Safety|
|StaySafe Online||ChildLine Online Safety|
|YouTube Safety Mode||Google Safe Search|
|CEOP Safety Centre||ThinkuKnow|
Children under the age of 13 should not be using social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr – this is stipulated in the sites’ terms and conditions – but it easy for them to set up an account by claiming to be older than they actually are. If your child does have a Facebook or other social media account, it is important to encourage them to use enhanced privacy settings, so that only their friends are able to search for them and see what they are posting. Warn your child that they must never accept friend requests from strangers or people they don’t know very well. You should also encourage your child to accept you, or a trusted friend/relative, as their “friend” or “follower,” as this will enable you to monitor – at least to some extent – their online posts, conversations, and the friends they are choosing to accept.
Wider Community Involvement
As a school, it is important for us to utilise the connections with local services and business. Thankfully, this has helped support the education of all in keeping us safe online.
Detailed below you will find some information on how to protect yourself online as a parent which was provided by West Yorkshire Police.
|07/12/2020 Ransome Information from West Yorkshire Police||07/12/2020 Anti Virus Information from West Yorkshire Police|
|07/12/2020 Password Information from West Yorkshire Police||07/12/2020 Account Recovery Information from West Yorkshire Police|
In February we had our E-Safety Week below are links to some information which you might find useful.
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