Meet our Digital Leaders. Here to inform, educate and generate awareness about Online Safety.
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Safer Internet Day 2023
Theme: Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’
On the 7th February, to compliment our already comprehensive online safety curriculum, our children will be taking part in lots of exciting activities about being safe on the internet.
This year's theme is about encouraging children to talk about what life is like on line for them.
The internet is great....games, chat rooms, finding out information! We want you to be completely safe when using the internet so that you enjoy and use it properly. Safety on the internet is called E-safety - the E stands for Electronic!
Understanding digital addiction
The following report will help you understand:
- How technology use has changed over the years (72% of adults now consider smartphones their most essential device)
- The impact of COVID-19 on screen time use and digital behaviours (smartphone usage in the UK surged by 30% during lockdown)
- Understanding screen addictions and how our devices affect our brains and change our behaviours (e.g. dopamine-driven reward loops)
- Helpful tips and useful advice for tackling device addiction, managing gadget and internet use, and creating healthier digital habits.
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How To Keep Your Children Safe Online: The Ultimate Guide For The Non Techy Parent
Click on the image to the left to access a really useful link on how to keep your child/children safe online. Especially if technology is not your favourite thing!
Cyber Bullying By Faith
What a super ambassador of online safety. Take a look at this amazing PPT created by Faith during remote learning.
Parents it is really important that you keep your children safe on games that have chat functions. You should always be aware of who they are talking to online. Please see the poster to help with parental settings on this game.
In this current climate, where your children will be using electronic devises more often, we urge you to be extra cautious and ensure your children are staying safe online. Please check that they are not engaging/playing with strangers. If you need help or support regarding 'online safety' there are some excellent documents and videos on the 'safer schools' app.
Internet Safety Tips for Parents
- Keep the computer in a family area not in the child's bedroom.
- Use 'child lock' or filter settings on your Web browser to help prevent unsuitable site access by your child.
- Regularly supervise the sites your child is visiting.
- Encourage your child to use their Favourites list to access the sites you have approved to prevent accidental entry to unsuitable sites.
- Discourage your child from using social Networking sites e.g. MSN, Facebook, Bebo etc. to keep them safe from cyber bullying.
- Teach your child to switch the monitor off or close the laptop lid, then fetch or tell you if something unsuitable appears on the screen. This is what we do in school.
- Agree with older children what sites they are allowed to access.
- Keep all personal details private and be aware of stranger danger.
- Above all, encourage your child to talk to you about the web sites and electronic devices they are using at home and school.
Acceptable Use Policies
One of the fastest growing areas of internet use today is social networking. There are over 3,000 social networking sites on the internet. This is changing the way that we communicate. On most of these sites, it is incredibly easy to communicate with our friends, in many cases, sharing lots of personal information and photographs.
These three common social network sites all have age limits:
- Facebook their age limit at 13.
- Instagram their age limit at 13
- Snapchat their age limit at 13.
There are some things to remember when you are surfing the internet.
- Treat your password like your toothbrush - keep it to yourself!
- Keep your home address, your phone number or email address off the internet, MSN and chat rooms.
- Learn to report someone who is behaving badly.
- Save the evidence - learn to save emails or on-line conversations.
- Don't retaliate or reply.
- Always respect others - think carefully about what you are typing.
- Tell someone you trust if you see something that worries or upsets you.
- Remember what you have learned in school - use that at home.
Parent's Guide to E-Safety Devices
Please use the guides available below for E-Safety information regarding various devices available for children.
Walsall Council have put together a guide to online risks and tools to protect yourself, your child and others from harm in the digital space. Please use the link below to download/view this guide.