At Telford Infant School we believe that teaching our children how to stay safe online is extremely important. All children in our school are taught how to keep themselves safe when using the internet and how to use online devices safely.
The first Computing lesson each half term has an Online Safety focus. We also actively participate in the Online Safety Day each February and hold Online Safety Assemblies where the children show parents and carers what they have learnt about keeping safe online. Throughout all computing lessons and when technology is being used by the children, we remind them about our online safety rules.
We continuously refer to our Online Safety Code ZIP IT – BLOCK IT – FLAG IT. Posters around school reinforce this and we also have a very catchy song that the children sing to help them remember.
Online Safety Tips
We hope the following tips are helpful at home.
- Tell your child to tell a trusted grownup if they feel worried about anything they experience online.
- Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to.
- Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used.
- Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience.
- Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends, including any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone may be looking at their images.
- If your child receives spam or junk email remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus or an inappropriate image.
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
Online Safety Websites
You may find these websites useful if you wish find out more about internet safety:
- www.ceop.gov.uk – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the abuse of children. They are a Government agency that is part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.
- www.thinkuknow.co.uk – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own educational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
- www.commonsensemedia.org - is a great website for parents to check out the content and suitability of games, movies, tv shows and books to make an informed decision about what children should be accessing.