North Star Academy

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Internet Safety

The internet can play an important part in many aspects of school life, including teaching, learning and improving communication.

However, if not used properly, it can be dangerous or harmful. This simple guide includes hints and tips for both parents and pupils.

Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)

Hints and Tips for Parents:

  • Technology is constantly changing and young people are continually learning - keep up to date on latest developments so you know about the risks
  • Online safety applies to all types of devices - PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, e-readers and online gaming
  • As technology become more portable, set guidelines for where your child could/should use their device
  • Treat online safety in the same way as you would offline safety such as stranger danger, crossing the road etc
  • Set up internet security so children can’t access websites with adult and inappropriate content
  • Don’t write anything online that you wouldn’t say in person. Comments made on social media and/or public web pages/forums could reflect badly on your child
  • Check out the IT policies, particularly the online safety policy, issued by your child’s school and adhere to them
  • Cyber bullying should be treated in the same way as other forms of bullying; contact your child’s school to agree a plan for dealing with it
  • Be aware that ‘sexting’ increasingly involves younger children, some as young as 10
  • Try to establish a system which allows your child to talk to you about anything they feel uncomfortable about online

Things to Discuss with Children:

  • Where is it acceptable to use your portable device? Bedroom? School?
  • Who should you talk to if you feel uncomfortable about something you have seen online? e.g. parent, teacher or other responsible adult
  • Don’t spend too long online; make sure you get some physical exercise every day
  • Keep passwords safe – don’t write them down and change them regularly
  • What personal information is it appropriate to post online?
  • How do you report cyber bullying? Take a screen grab of any posts so these can be seen at a later date if needed
  • How do you know the people you are talking to online, are who you think they are?
  • What is the difference between a ‘real life’ friend and an ‘online friend’
  • When is it sensible to meet up with an online friend?

National Online Safety Info Posters - Top Tips for Parent/Carers

National Online Safety Poster: Mental Health

National Online Safety Poster: Online Gambling

National Online Safety Poster: Omegle

National Online Safety Poster: Do Video Games Actively Cause Violent Behaviour

National Online Safety Poster: Social Pressures - Appearance

National Online Safety Poster:  Social Pressures - Friends and Followers

National Online Safety Poster: Social Pressures - Likes

National Online Safety Poster: Social Pressure - Influencers

National Online Safety Poster: Be Kind Online

National Online Safety Poster: Hidden Photo Apps

National Online Safety Poster: Facebook

National Online Safety Poster: FIFA 20

National Online Safety Poster: Cyberbullying

National Online Safety Poster: Sadfishing

National Online Safety Poster: Fortnite

National Online Safety Poster: Fortnite Chapter 2

National Online Safety Poster: Online Safety Tips for Children

National Online Safety Poster: 12 Smartphone online safety tips guide

National Online Safety Poster: TikTok 

National Online Safety Poster: Minecraft

National Online Safety Poster: Steam

Parent Factsheets:

Parent Factsheet - 10 Tips to Stay Safe Online

Parent Factsheet - Fortnite

Parent Factsheet - Screen Time

Parent Factsheet - Snapchat

Parent Factsheet - Whatsapp

Parent Factsheet - YouTube

Parent Factsheet - Cyber-flashing - updated January 2020

Parent Factsheet - TikTok - updated January 2020

Other Sources of Information:

  • The Lucy Faithfull Foundation      

  www.lucyfaithfull.org

  • UK Safer Internet Centre    

  www.saferinternet.org.uk

  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre    

  www.ceop.police.uk

  • Think U Know

   www.thinkuknow.co.uk

  • NSPCC

  www.nspcc.org.uk

With thanks to the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT)

 www.naht.org.uk

 Internet Matters Parent Age Guides 11-13

 Internet Matters Parent Age Guides 6-10

As we know social media plays a big part in our lives whether we sign up to it or not, please see the below information leaflet with ways of ensuring our children stay

 Safe Using Facebook

 Screen Time Info-Poster