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Safeguarding and eSafety

The safety of all children in the family of St Thomas' is always our priority.  This includes when they are at school, under our care and also when they are at home.

There are some useful websites for you, as parents, to read for guidance and support around the issues of safety.  In school all children receive e safety education as part of their computing and PSHE lessons, at a level appropriate to their age and understanding.

More and more parents are becoming aware of the issues surrounding esafety and ask for our advice or to be pointed in the right direction to find more information.

Digital Leaders explain E-Safety

digital leaders

To further educate the children in our school, the Digital Leaders led a very informative assembly to identify the need for E-Safety and taught the children ways of keeping themselves safe. They used videos, images, questions and props to do this successfully.

'Do not give any personal information anyway, including photographs and names,' shared Morgan.

How can parents increase children's safety on the Internet?

There are actions parents can take on their home computer to restrict what children do.

  1. Make sure that children do not have administrative access on the computer. It is very easy to set up separate user accounts for everyone who uses the computer
    Once that is done the following become possible
  2. Activate Parental controls in the web browser. In Internet Explorer go to tools>Internet Options>Content>Parental Controls and also to Content Advisor. Other browsers such as Firefox have their own features
  3. Install web filtering/blocking software such as Cyber Patrol or Web Nanny
  4. Use child-friendly Search Engines.
  5. Find out as much as you can visiting some of these sites:

Think U know is a fantastic website for you as parents to read for your own information and for you to look at alongside your child.

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

Follow the links for parents on the site below

Click Clever, Click Safe
www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/information-and-services/parents/your-childs-health-and-safety/click-clever-click-safe/click-clever-click-safe-help-your-child-enjoy-the-internet-safely.htm

 

 www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/safeguardingchildren/b00222029/child-internet-safety
The Click Clever, Click Safe campaign has been organised by UKCCIS, a new body concerned with e-safety set up by the DCSF and 150 other organisations as well as individuals.

The site has a wealth of information.

Many parents have been asking about Social Networking Sites .....which ones are 'safe', what children can do on them etc.

 

Digizen www.digizen.org

Digizen is a government website which has a lot of information for adults and children on these different social networking sites, with detailed evalautions of them.

You can download copies of all of their reports and documents but the Internet is changing rapidly all the time and it is a good idea to revisit these sites to keep up to date.

KidSMART www.kidsmart.org.uk


CHATDANGER www.chatdanger.com


CBBC Stay Safe www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe


Childnet International www.childnet.com/resources/kia/


Hectors World hectorsworld.netsafe.org.nz As a parent, you might want to look at the Hector Protector site in New Zealand, sponsored by  a charity called Netsafe.

Visit Hector's World:
www.hectorsworld.com/island/
They have developed the Hector button, which you download and install onto your computer and it will float on the screen. Children can press the button whenever they come across anything on the net which they find upsetting or worrying.


 

Microsoft online safety and security centre www.microsoft.com/security/family-safety/childsafety-steps.aspx Microsoft offers advice on Internet Safety when using their products. The Resources tab will take you a range of printable advice sheets.


Google www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/familysafety Google has some excellent advice

Other sites you may want to look at include-

Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board Website

Educate Against Hate - Practical advice on how to protect our children from radicalisation and extremism

Domestic Abuse Lincolnshire

Family Services Directory

Sorted website www.childnet-int.org/sorted/

GetNetWise, filters www.getnetwise.org

Digizen www.digizen.org

Digizen cyberbullying www.digizen.org/cyberbullying/fullguidance/

Kidsmart, SMART rules www.kidsmart.org.uk

for children, from CEOP www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Internet Watch Foundation www.iwf.org.uk

CEOP www.ceop.gov.uk

Phone Pay Plus www.phonepayplus.org.uk

Childnet, Know It All www.childnet.com/kia

 If you have any questions at all please speak to your child's teacher or to Mrs Riglin-lead Learning Mentor.