Online Safety

New information for parents - how to cope with the current situation

Your children may be spending a lot of time online at the moment. Despite all the benefits of the internet, we must still ensure our children are keeping safe online.

Here are some useful guides to help you:

Zoom - What parents need to know                        Houseparty - What parents need to know

YouTube - Recommended channels for children        Home Learning - tips for parents

Netflix - new parental controls to help families in lockdown    TikTok - What parents need to know

Follow the live updates on Parent Zone at the bottom of this page to keep up to date on online safety issues for families.

 

Online Safety at Deansbrook Junior School

At Deansbrook Junior School, online safety is taught both in dedicated Computing lessons and is embedded into activities throughout the school year. The children are taught how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. Any incidents are recorded and dealt with in accordance with our Online Safety policy.

Of course, online safety is important both at school and at home. Our efforts to keep children safe online will only be successful if the message to children is consistent between school and home. The information on this page is provided in order to help parents ensure that children are safe online. 

We hold an annual coffee morning where parents are invited to learn about and discuss current issues regarding online safety, including cyberbullying. Read the most recent presentation here:

Online Safety Coffee Morning Presentation 2019-20

Key message to parents:

Instead of discouraging internet use, it is essential to be realistic and accept that using the internet is part of modern life. Banning the internet or technology will often make a child less likely to report a problem. The important thing is to teach children to use the internet safely and sensibly.

Safer Searching

This search engine aims to provide a safer search environment for children: Safesearch Kids

Google also offers a safer search option for children searching the internet. Click here  to find out how to change the settings.

Image searching:

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Parental controls

There is a range of ways to apply security settings at home: using your internet provider, devices, or directly on the platforms your children use. Use this excellent interactive guide to get step-by-step instructions on how to set controls in your home: https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/

Security Settings on popular websites

The various websites below are the most popular but not exclusively the ones your child might visit. Read the advice on setting filters and staying safe. Please be aware that Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat all have minimum age requirements of 13, and Whatsapp 16.

Youtube

Fortnite

Facebook

Instagram

Snapchat

Roblox

More useful links for parents

 KidSMART offers activities for children and advice for parents.

 Click to read the NSPCC’s advice on their Share Aware page.

 Check below for regular updated articles from www.parentinfo.org.