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Welcome to our e-safety page.  We hope you will find lots of information to help you know how to keep your family safe online.

Please scroll down the page to find:

  • E-safety advice
  • Useful E-safety Websites
  • App/ Website guides for parents
  • Advice on social media/ networking, mobile app & online gaming
  • E-safety videos to watch with your child/ children
  • Advice on: A Parents’ Guide To Technology, search engines, YouTube for kids app, staying safe online & Internet safety, & safety information re the Pokemon Go Smart Phone App
  • DITTO e-safety newsletters
  • Our e-safety policies

 

E-Safety Advice

If you have a concern, before doing anything, take a deep breath and try to remain calm. Having a calm and open conversation is one way for you and your child to explore what is happening in an honest and supportive way. Discuss your concerns with someone you trust, for example a friend or a partner. You can also talk to a professional at the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000. Talking about it will help you decide the best action to take to ensure your child is safe. If you are concerned that a child has been, or is being sexually abused, you should report it. Equally if you are concerned that your child is being groomed, you should report it. You can report directly to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency) or your local police force. If you think your child is in immediate danger call 999. 

Click the link below to report a concern to CEOP

Whatever your situation it is likely that you will need support for yourself, as well as for your child. Talk to a friend or relative who you trust, who will listen and support you, or call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Please find below parental help guides for common  social media/chat/video chat websites/applications that young people use and websites with advice for parents you may find useful:

Useful E-safety Websites

    

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Social media/ networking

 

For a wider range of information regardning this subject please see this page - http://www.internetmatters.org/social-networking/apps.html

 

Social networking sites are a huge favourite with children, allowing them to stay in touch with friends, meet people with similar interests, and share photos and videos. Used appropriately, social networks are a great place for young people to demonstrate their creativity. As a parent, there’s plenty you can do to ensure your children’s experience is both safe and fun.

We recomend you refer to this website for advice on Social Networking: http://www.internetmatters.org/technologies/social-networking.html

 

Age Limits

Most Social media sites such as FacebookInstagramYouTube,TwitterTumblrAsk.fm and Snapchat has a lower age limit of 13, this means that no-one under the age of 13 must use this website.

Sites aimed at younger children, like Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters, also have a social networking element and should be checked before your child uses them.

 

Mobile Apps

For a wider range of information regarding this subject please see this pagehttp://www.internetmatters.org/technologies/apps.html

 

Although child-friendly apps can make using the internet a more accessible and enjoyable experience, the thousands of apps available for different types of people mean it's important to make sure children use appropriate ones.

 

Chatting with strangers

Meeting and chatting with strangers online poses risks to young people who might be vulnerable to grooming and online (and offline) forms of sexual abuse.

 

Sending inappropriate content

With the physical barrier of a screen, some people feel more empowered to pressurise others into sending messages, often of a sexual or derogatory nature. 

 

Sharing a location

Many apps share the user's location. This can put children at risk from others who actively seek out children with the intention of meeting in the real world. Sharing a location can also raise concerns with identity theft and privacy.

 

Sharing information

Many apps work on the basis of identity or phone number information. In many cases apps don't always let you know that this information is being used, meaning children could be sharing personal information. As well as on the social networks themselves, privacy and security settings are available on most devices. You can find out more at our Privacy & Identity Theft page.

 

Cyberbullying

Smartphones allow people to take photos and share them instantly on their social networks or post information about someone online in seconds. Sometimes this can mean young people are even more vulnerable to episodes of cyberbullying.

 

Explicit content

Although most apps now go through a process of classification and are rated based the type of content they contain, all apps are available to download by anyone who has a password to the app store.

This may expose children to explicit content, sometimes without their parents knowing. Some of this content can be illegal or simply inappropriate for children as it's meant for adults.

 

Spending money

Apps can cost money to buy from the app store - and some of them can be very expensive.

Some of the 'free' apps make their money in different ways, by encouraging you to spend money when using the app. This can mean that bills quickly build up without you even realising it. Read more about in-app purchasing.

 

Hiding content

Some apps have been created with the specific purpose of allowing the user to hide content within them. These decoy apps can protect personal information from strangers but also allow people to hide content they don't want anyone else to see.

 

Online Gaming

For a wider range of information regardning this subject please see this pagehttp://www.internetmatters.org/technologies/online-gaming.html

 

Online gaming means you can play in real time with people across the world through a PC, games console, tablet or smartphone connected to the internet. Games can offer children a world of adventure to immerse themselves in but it’s important to understand how children can stay safe and what games are appropriate for their age.

 

What does game ratings mean?

The PEGI (Pan European Gaming Information) labels appear on a game's packaging indicating one of the following age levels: 3, 7, 12, 16 and 18. They provide a reliable indication of the suitability of the game content for different ages. Descriptors will indicate the main reasons why a game has received a particular age rating. There are eight such descriptors: bad language, discrimination, drugs, fear, gambling, sex, violence and online gameplay with other people.

E-Safety Tips for Parents: Under 5

Safety on the internet matters. Our fun, interactive, stop motion animated video has useful advice and tips for parents of 0-5s so that you can help them to stay safe online. From toddlers to teens, our four 'E-safety tips for parents' videos are age specific to help you keep up with e-safety as they grow up.

E-Safety Tips for Parents: 6-10

Safety on the internet matters. Our fun, interactive, stop motion animated video has useful advice and tips for parents of 6-10s so that you can help them to stay safe online. From toddlers to teens, our four 'E-safety tips for parents' videos are age specific to help you keep up with e-safety as they grow up.

Be Share Aware - Safety advice from a 10 year old - NSPCC & O2

Teach your child to Be Share Aware. Sharing in real life is great but kids need our help to stay safe online. NSPCC and O2 can help with a step-by-step advice. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2qXL0IF

Are the things I see, read, and hear online always real or true?

As the saying goes “don’t believe everything you read!” Join internet investigators Jack and Maya as they uncover why you shouldn’t trust everything you see, hear or read on the internet. The web can be a great tool for research, but learn how protect yourself from those false facts!

What are computer viruses and how do they happen?

While Jack's having a lazy sick day on the couch, he receives an email for Gran from Auntie Dol. He gets permission to open it and finds an interesting link asking to be clicked. The result is a computer virus that freezes the tablet. Jack is distraught and confused. Learn how do to protect your devices from viruses and Trojans with Jack and Maya. Don’t get sick, get smart!

What does your selfie say? Is it more than you think?

Maya loves taking selfies and sharing them with friends, but she doesn't always pay attention to what or how much is being shown in her photos. What she thinks is just a silly picture of herself for Gemma turns out to reveal more than expected upon a closer look.

Smile… click and THINK first!

Is being kind online different to offline?

Before you speak your mind make sure it’s kind! Join Jack and Maya as they learn that being online is no different to the real world. Always treat others like you would want to be treated.

How much is too much? When is the right time to be on a device?

Are you an internet addict? Spending too much time surfing the net can rob you of real world experiences. Join Jack and Maya as they weigh up the pros and cons of spending too much time online.

Bullying isn’t nice! What can I do about it?

Whether it’s in the playground or online, nobody deserves to be bullied… EVER! Listen and learn as Maya reassures Jack about being bullied and the steps to take to get help. Remember, don’t keep bullying a secret. Get Help!

How long do things stay online? But what if I delete them?

Did you know the internet is like a time machine and it can hold your information forever? Watch as Jack and Maya learn that posts spreads like wild fire on the web! Pressing delete doesn’t mean something has gone forever!
Maya records a really funny video of Jack playing basketball and wants to share it online, but Jack is worried about who might see it. Maya tries to convince Jack that it's not a problem because she can post the video for a little while and delete it later on.

What's personal information? What can I share?

Stranger danger alert! Giving away personal information on the internet is like inviting the whole world into your life. Learn how to stay safe while enjoying the benefits of the internet with Robot Jack and Earth Gran. Exterminate those predators!

13.1.17

    Christmas present e-safety- A Parents’ Guide To Technology

Many pupils have returned to school very excited about the Christmas presents which they received, especially mobile phones, laptops, tablets and games consoles – all of which have access to the Internet.

 

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/parents-guide-technology has created a guide to explain these devices and highlights the safety tools available, empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.

 

A few important tips:

  1. All mobile network providers provide parental controls. Some will have these on as default, but others you will need to request to be turned on. For example, Tesco Mobile and O2 have a parental control option to ensure that only websites they have classified as suitable for children under 12 can be accessed. Contact your service provider to find out about filtering options.
  2. When smartphone users are at home, they often connect to their home wireless internet (to save using up their 3G data allowance). This does mean that any filtering options set up with your mobile provider do not function. All of the major internet providers offer free filtering tools that work across all devices connected to the home internet.
  3. Some apps can help filter out age-inappropriate content or help restrict some of the smartphone functions, so have a look in the app store.
  4. It's also possible to connect to public wifi when out and about, with shops, cafes and restaurants increasingly offering internet access. Look out for the Friendly WiFi symbol which means the content has been filtered.
  5. Some games consoles, like the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One, have a timer so that the console switches off after the allowed time.  UKIE, the body that represents the interactive entertainment industry in the UK, recommends that all games should form part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle and recommend that games players should take five minute breaks every 45-60 minutes.

 

12.12.16

Search Engines

With Christmas fast approaching, your child may be searching online. No search engine is ever completely safe and appropriate supervision should always be given. Have you considered bookmarking search engines suitable for children to use?

 

KidzSearch -http://www.kidzsearch.com/

DK Find Out! - http://www.dkfindout.com/uk/ which searches Dorling Kindersley content

Swiggle (SWGfL) http://www.swiggle.org.uk

nICE for Primary Schools - http://nice.medialab.nl which is a search engine and library

Kids Rex - http://www.kidrex.org/ which is a search engine

Primary School ICT - http://primaryschoolict.com/ which is a video, picture and website search engine

 

If your child uses search engine sites such as Google or Bing, please ensure that you have turned the safe search filtering tools on. However, this this only reduces (not removes) the possibility of accessing inappropriate content either accidentally or otherwise.

 

2.12.16

https://lh5.ggpht.com/ZPd1wApboW20pq7XINmvDQ8lsXoNAJ3L-Fpr6eCufIf54Cpv6SZC5HtMgd-yf2FjnEg=w300Have you seen the 'YouTube Kids' app that gives your family an easy way to watch their favourite programmes or explore anything that captures their imagination? It provides a safer version of YouTube, including both popular children’s videos and diverse new content, in a way that is easy for kids to use and highly visual. It's free, simple to use and full of family-friendly videos.

 

 

25.11.16

Staying Safe Online

With Christmas Fast approaching, some lists for Santa may contain mobile phones, consoles or other devices which connect to the internet & social media. Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board have produced a leaflet with advice on keeping your child safe. Your child should have brought this home today. Further copies available from the office if required.

 

11.11.16

INTERNET SAFETY

We are aware that children are developing their skills using You Tube channels and other social media tools. Please ensure that you closely monitor what your child is posting and sharing with an awareness to the vulnerability of young people to contact from unknown individuals. Please be aware of the information being shared regarding personal details including the imagery used (i.e. information about where they might live, go to school, look like) and please ensure that the content being shared is appropriate. We recommend that any use of internet networking activity does not take place in bedrooms out of sight of adults. For further help and advice, we have some useful links on our school website (see links below).

 

22.7.16

IMPORTANT - Pokemon Go Smart Phone App

Please find a Nottinghamshire Police alert with regard to the new release of Pokemon Go smart phone app. which we would like you to be aware of.

 

http://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/news/2016-07-15/pok%25C3%25A9mon-go-release-prompts-police-online-safety-reminder

 

As we always we stress that this is just one app. of many where there are potential safeguarding and child sexual exploitation risks but with the current craze for Pokemon and the potential risks we thought it was worth highlighting this advice from our colleagues in the police. 

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