Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Redscope Primary School. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material.
Any online safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with the policies within school. Online safety is taught to all pupils, in a variety of ways, explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the online safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
Should you have any concerns regarding your child’s use of the internet or mobile phone technology, please do not hesitate to contact either class teacher, Head Teacher (Mrs A Bradbury) or Deputy (Mrs S Walpole) for advice.
It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
Useful Links and Resources
There are a lot of great websites with information both for children and parents to keep safe online, here are a few of them:
National Safety Online
National Safety Online have a great website that provides a range of documents linked to staying safe on different programmes and applications. There are many different guides including for popular apps like Fortnite, FIFA, Facebook, Tiktok and Whatsapp to name a few. All their guides are well made, visual and easy to follow.
Please see the link to direct you to the website.
Is a local provision that provides Online Safety Information for Rotherham Schools and features links to useful magazines and information about staying safe online.
Is a website that provides curated images for use in educational projects that are both safe from harm and copyright issues.
Internet Matters is an online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre Education Team and features age separated content to advise both children and parents on how to stay safe online.
Childnet is a UK-based charity who empower children, young people, and those who support them in their online lives, and its mission is to work with others to make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people.
Launched in 1995, just two years after the public launch of the open web, Childnet has delivered a positive impact with its empowering, youth led, evidence based and collaborative approach to online safety and giving children and young people the skills they need to navigate the internet safely and in a positive way.
Cyber bullying is any form of bullying which takes place online or through smartphones and tablets—adults and children can be victims of this form of bullying so we have to be vigilant. A useful source of information for parents can be found at www.bullying.co.uk.
Most of the apps and social networking sites are for people aged 13 and over. They also state that bullying, abusive behaviours which includes harassment, impersonation and identity theft are banned and not allowed.
How to make a complaint
A general rule when making a complaint about being bullied online is to copy the terms and conditions which have been breached and take a screenshot of the comment or photo as evidence. This may prompt any of these sites and apps to take action as you have shown them their obligation to investigate and take appropriate action.
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.