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Whilst many of our children will be accessing the internet even more in the current situation, particularly in relation to their online platforms such as Studyladder and Seesaw, the following internet safety organisations offer excellent and up to date advice on what to do if you don't feel safe online.  Please share with your children:

https://www.internetmatters.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIktuA5LWK2wIVRYXVCh2afg2aEAAYASAAEgIJ5vD_BwE   - Helping parents and carers keep their children safe online.

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/    - What do to if you are worried about the way in which someone has been communicating with you online.

https://parentinfo.org/   - Help for families living in a digital world.

https://reportharmfulcontent.com/ - have you found something harmful online?  Here is where you can report it.

https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/parent-and-carer-toolkit - toolkit of strategies and ideas to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life.

Many children are using social media platforms to stay in touch with family and friends during lockdown.  Please be mindful of the age-restrictions associated with these platforms - they are set for good reason - to minimise the chance of your child being harmed whilst online.   Children should not be usingWhatsapp (16) Snapchat, Facebook (13) etc on their own - https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/age-restrictions-social-media-services#:~:text=Nearly%20all%20other%20social%20media,%2C%20Musical.ly%20and%20Skype. 

 Please also see our Online Safety policy Covid-19 addendum for additional and excellent resources to use with your child.

As part of our continuing work on online safety, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of its importance and relevance in your child’s life. Our Newsletters will include helpful tips and relevant updates on this important area.


The internet forms part of our daily lives. From online diaries, social networking spaces, online games, smart phones and online chat, children are today using technology in an unprecedented way. This increased use exposes children to a number of risks and dangers. Online safety is about ensuring children use technologies in a way which will keep them safe, without limiting their opportunities for learning and innovation. It is vital that we take time to appreciate how our children are using the internet and how we can keep them, and others safe.


The internet is an essential element in education, business and social interaction. Internet use is a statutory part of the National Curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and pupils. The use of the internet enhances and enriches learning and we have a duty to provide children with quality, safe internet access as part of their learning journeys.


Our school internet access is designed expressly for pupil use. This means it is ‘filtered’; allowing access to only material which is suitable to the ages of our pupils. (For example, it is not possible to view Youtube). Children may only use their class email address and/or their own school email address when emailing in school.
Pupils will be taught what kind of internet use is acceptable and what is not. They will learn how to conduct themselves online and how to keep their identities safe. They will learn how to create secure passwords and the importance of keeping passwords private. Our children understand where to get help if they feel bullied online and to inform a teacher if they accidentally find anything unpleasant or nasty.  As they grow, the children will be taught to question the validity of what they en

If you have any concerns or questions about online sfety at Dean Gibson, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher.

See below for top tips and valuable websites designed to help parents and carers navigate e-safety at home. 

 

Top Tips for Online Parenting

Our children live in a digital age, one which the majority of us did not experience whilst growing up. It can be daunting trying to keep up with this new language so here are some tips to help you navigate your way.

Encourage your child to go online. There is a wealth of excellent, valuable, educational and age appropriate websites online, from RM Easimaths to BBC Bitesize, BBCcbeebies to www.topmarks.co.uk .

Remind your child, as we will continue to do in school, about our online safety rules. Do they understand that we all leave a digital footprint; that images or comments put on the internet can continue to be viewed many years later? Be responsible and strive to set a good example by ensuring personal images or comments are never put on the internet. Talk to your child about what is private and what is pubic.

Talk to your child about what activities they do online. Involve the whole family and show an interest. That means if they encounter a problem later on they are more likely to come and talk to you about it.

Keep up with your child’s online growth. Understand how their use of the internet will change as they grow older. That way, you are more likely to be able to maintain a healthy check and balance of their internet use and conduct.

Do you know what electronic equipment in your house connects to the internet? Make sure you know which devices in your home connect to the internet. How is your child accessing the internet; through your connection or a neighbour’s Wifi? If it’s the latter, then your safety settings won’t be working.

Use parental controls on all devices that link to the internet. It’s not just about locking and blocking, it’s a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. Parental controls are not the whole answer, but they go a long way to keeping your child safe and they are simple to set up. Talk to your service provider to learn how to set your controls the way you want them.

Set boundaries in the online world, just as you do in the real world. Consider what they might see, what they share and who they might talk to online. Consider how long you want your child to be online.

Children should never access the internet in private. All equipment that connects to the internet should be in a family space. This way you can see exactly what sites your child is using and be there for them if they accidentally stumble across something inappropriate

Be strict about age appropriate games and websites. The age certificates are there for a reason; to protect young people from scenes of violence or of a sexual nature.

Finally, the internet is a powerful tool for learning and discovery. It should be embraced to enable doors to open for exploration and enrichment. Have a healthy balance of internet time with sleep, exercise and face to face social interaction.

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