Keeping Children Safe When Using the Internet
At SS Peter and Paul RC Primary, all children are taught about being responsible when using computers and also about Internet Safety.
No images of children are put on the school website or VLE without parental consent.
Parents are requested not to post images or recordings from school plays, assemblies or other events on to the internet (for example on Facebook or YouTube). Parents can complete a form to request that their child is not filmed or photographed.
We use a variety of websites recommended by Bristol City Council. If you would like to see the resources used by each year group, or you would like more information about E-safety, please contact Mrs Burns, or the school's Computing Lead.
We recommend that parents/carers check the security settings on their computer's web browser to keep their child/children safe when 'surfing the net'. Many Internet Service Providers (e.g. Internet Explorer) have parental control settings, or Internet Security Settings. We strongly advise that children should always be supervised when using a computer, even if these are in place.
All reported incidents are recorded in the E-Safety Report Book and discussed with the Senior Management Team. Serious E-Safety incidents will be reported to Bristol City Council and to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
The Hector Protector E-Safety button is used on the computers in the ICT suite. You may wish to use this on your home computer. Click on the picture to find out more.
The Swiggle Internet Search Engine is designed specifically for children. This is installed on all the computers in the ICT suite. This should block most of the inappropriate content that might be shown by using other search engines (e.g. Google). You may wish to install this on your computer at home. Click on the picture to find out more.
E-Safety Tips for Parents
- Give children clear guidelines on when and how long they can be using the computer or gaming device.
- Spend time talking to your children about what they are doing on the computer.
- Try to keep computers and game machines out of bedrooms and put them in more public areas of the house so they can be monitored.
- Encourage them to only upload pictures that you as their parents/carers would be happy to see. It is also not a good idea to post pictures which can identify the school in which your child attends, since this could help someone locate them.
- Tell your children not to post their address, phone number or email address on their web pages.
- Social Networking Sites have an age restriction of around 13 so children of primary age should not be using them.
- Help your child to adjust their account settings so that only approved friends can Instant Message or share their profiles. Please ask school if you need help in how to do this.
- Check if your child has ticked the ‘no picture forwarding’ option on their social networking site, if they have one, (e.g. Facebook/Bebo/My Space) settings page – this will stop people sending the pictures so they could potentially get to anyone in the world without their consent.
- Encourage them not to give too much away in a blog. Friends can call them for the address of the latest party or where to meet rather that reading about it on a site.
- Ask them to show you how they use Instant Messaging, E-mails, Social networking sites – getting involved will empower you.
- Check your virus protection is up to date – Some security checkers like AVG or Microsoft Security Centre are available for free.
- Check and clear History frequently using the Internet Tools option on your web browser.
- Use the security and content settings in the Internet Options Dialogue boxes.
- Don’t delete any offensive materials – keep it and report it to the appropriate authority:
CEOP Parental Advice Area http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
The following resources and webpages aim to provide parents/carers with information regarding Internet Safety: