‘Educators, social workers and other professionals working with children and young people play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe on-line.’
In the event of any e-safety concerns the school’s designated person to contact is Mr J Barker.
It is our experience that this is best achieved by embedding e safety across the curriculum through a framework of effective policies and routes for reporting concerns such as cyber bullying.
As well as supporting young people to stay safe on-line, we also educate our staff to protect their own on-line reputation, particularly when using social networking sites.
Here at Wath Central we use a range of resources to help bring internet safety into the classroom and to develop a progressive digital literacy curriculum.
We invite other professionals into school to help support the delivery of on-line safety including NSPCC, Barnados and Anti-bullying ambassador -Ann Foxley-Johnson. Our Y6 children also attend Crucial Crew on a yearly basis to learn more about keeping safe.
How can Parents and Carers best support their children?
It is really important to chat with your children on an ongoing basis about staying safe on-line.
NOT SURE WHERE TO BEGIN? THESE CONVERSATION STARTER SUGGESTIONS CAN HELP.
Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing on-line.
Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
Encourage them to help someone! Perhaps they can show you how to do something better on-line or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
Think about how you each use the internet. What more could you do to use the internet together? Are there activities that you could enjoy as a family?
Cyberbullying happens when someone uses technology to deliberately upset someone else.
It is likely to involve mobile phones (calls or text messages) or devices connected to the internet (Smartphones, Tablets, Laptop and Desktop Computers). Cyberbullying can take place across a range of services, including Social Media, Chatrooms, Skype and other messaging software, apps and services.
It can happen any time of day and occur on a large scale and speed, due to the nature of the technology.
Bullies often feel anonymous and 'distanced' from the incident when it takes place online and 'bystanders' can easily become perpetrators by forwarding or not reporting cyberbullying.
There is not a specific law which makes cyberbullying illegal but it can be considered a criminal offence under several different acts including Protection from Harassment Act (1997), Malicious Communications Act (1988), Communications Act (2003) Obscene Publications Act (1959) and Computer Misuse Act (1990)
If you're being bullied online or by text:
Save the messages/material
Tell an adult or report it online
Do not retaliate or reply. If possible, block the person
Advice for Parents and carers:
Your child is just as likely to be a bully as they are to be a target. Watch out for uncharacteristic behaviour (your child being upset or secretive, using the phone/internet more than usual, changing friendship group.)
Remind your child not to retaliate and keep any evidence
Report the bullying – contact the school if the bullying involves another pupil and contact your service provider to report the user and remove the content. If the bullying is more serious and a potential criminal offence, consider contacting South Yorkshire Police on 101.
Tik Tok Fact Sheet
Childnet’s Family Agreement –link to web address below
Internet Matters – Information, advice and support on Internet safety - link to web address below
Get Safe on-line (Security Advice) - link to web address below
Think you know – Advice from CEOP - link to web address below
Childnet’s Parent and Carer Zone - link to web address below
There are various online resources available to inform you and your child about the importance of e-safety at home and at school. Click on the links below to find out more.
CEOP Resources - This website has lots of information and resources for teaching online safety.
Professor Garfield - This is an excellent app starring Garfield that teaches children about cyberbullying through a comic and games. It is free to download from the app store for Apple devices. It is not currently available for other devices (e.g. Android).
Hector's World - This is an excellent resource full of online safety information. Aimed at Key Stage 1. Hector's World Episode 1 - Internet Safety and Cyberbullying
KidSmart - This is a very comprehensive website for learning all aspects of looking after yourself online, such as digital footprints, how to use the internet safely, recommended safe search sites and 'smart rules' for using the internet. Aimed at Key Stage 2.
Zip It, Block It, Flag It - This code has been developed by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). It's also known as the 'Click Clever, Click Safe' code. The site sets out the aspects for each part of the code and the important of following each step to help use the internet safely and understand the risks of being online. Aimed at everyone.
ThinkUKnow - Clear information about how to use the internet, set out in a very user-friendly way. Aimed at Key Stage 1.
ParentInfo - Launched alongside The Parent Zone, this website provides information for parents on lots of different issues that may be concerning you about your child's welfare. Aimed at parents of children of all ages.
Childnet - A really useful website with lots of important and easy-to-use resources for making the internet safe for children