Outwoods Primary School

Online Safety

Learning about staying safe online is very important for teachers, parents, and children.  The internet is a powerful tool that has integrated into our school life; it is therefore vital that we educate our children in its safe use.

e-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Outwoods Primary School . 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 e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed.  e-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online through dedicated lessons each half term alongside the regular reminders in all lessons that use ICT. 

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

Click here to see our online safety policy. Click here to see our latest online safety newsletter.

What can parents do?

  • CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) has a dedicated website, which covers all aspects of online safety including online sexual abuse or the way in which someone is communicating with you. (https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/). There are age relevant sections and specific areas for parents/carers containing games, videos and lots of advice and support to help you and your child learn how to stay safe online. They are also there to help you if things do go wrong.
  • We recommend that you take a look at the links below, and revisit them regularly.  Remember, technology is changing all the time, and the best way you can help your child stay safe is to keep up to date with these changes.
  • The childline website is one source of support for your child when they are not in school: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day 2022 was on Tuesday 8th February and celebrated the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.

Safer Internet Day inspires a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible, and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. 

Each year in the UK, Safer Internet Day explores a new issue or theme, which is impacting the lives of young people in the UK. For 2022, the Day celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet and the ways they are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces, of which they are a part. The platforms young people use are spaces for connection, community, and collaboration, which is why the Day challenges them to foster supportive relationships and respectful communities, whilst equipping them with the skills they need to keep themselves and others safe in these spaces.

Speaking with young people is key to exploring their experiences on platforms where they can play games, interact with their peers and others, and take part in ‘live’ experiences such as video streaming. These platforms play such an important and positive role, providing young people with the means to interact with friends and as a great pastime, particularly during lockdowns. 

However, there are some emerging safety issues in these spaces as well as issues young people have been navigating for some time; particularly the lack of respect individuals display towards each other, groups ‘ganging up’ against other groups, and the sense that it is easy to ‘get away’ with negative behaviour such as meanness, bullying and swearing. They speak about hate directed at particular groups, particularly LGBT+ users, and misogyny on gaming platforms. They tell us the apparent lack of consequences for negative behaviour has an impact on their safety and wellbeing. 

We need to address these issues so that all young people understand what constitutes respectful behaviour online, and know what to do if they encounter hate or bullying directed at them or someone else.

ONLINE SAFETY ADVICE

The following links offer guidance to support parents / carers in keeping your child safe online:

 

Teaching Your Child about Internet & Online Safety | NSPCC

Starting the conversation. Talking regularly with your child is the greatest tool to help keep them safe online. Talking regularly and making it part of daily conversation, like you would about their day at school, will help your child feel relaxed.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety/

 

Use Parental Controls to Keep Your Child Safe | NSPCC

The online world gives us access to a huge amount of information and services, but the scale of information available also means that there is content that is inappropriate for children. What is or isn’t appropriate is up to individual parents and carers to decide, and could be based on things ...

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/online-wellbeing/

 

Online wellbeing | NSPCC

How can going online affect our wellbeing? There are lots of positives for children being online, however there can be negatives too. For some it can become overwhelming trying to keep up with friends, and the pressure can mount. Many things can impact our online wellbeing, and you can take control ...

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/online-wellbeing/

 

Social media | NSPCC

These are some of the features of different social media platforms and what they mean: Reels: are short videos that users can create, edit and upload to share with their followers. Stories: a way of posting photo and video content that typically vanishes after 24 hours. However, they can also be saved to a profile and viewed again.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/social-media/

Feeling good on social media | Childline

We’ve got advice to help you feel good when you are using social media apps – like Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat. If something has gone wrong online, Childline is always here to listen.

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/feeling-good-on-social-media/

 

Reporting online safety concerns | NSPCC

Sometimes, innocent searches can lead to not so innocent results. If you come across an indecent image of a child online, it is important to report this to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) so that they can review this content. Some nude images of children are classed as Child Sexual Abuse material.

www.nspcc.org.ukhttps://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/online-reporting/

Thinkuknow 8-10s

Ellie. Ellie's guitar never leaves her side. This super speedy song-writer can whip-up a song during break-time and by the end of the day the whole school are humming along.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/

 

Jessie & Friends - Thinkuknow

How you can use Jessie & Friends to help keep your child safer online. Before you watch Jessie & Friends with your child, here are a few things you can do: . Explore together: Ask your child to show you their favourite websites and apps and what they do on them.Listen and show interest and encourage them to teach you the basics of the site or app. ...

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/jessie-and-friends/

Keeping your under 5 safe online - Thinkuknow

Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more time online. In this article we look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how to make sure your child has a safe experience online.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/keeping-your-under-five-safe-online/