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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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