Dear Parents & Carers,
The online world is posing an ever-increasing risk to children, and it is important that schools, parents and carers work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers. Learning how to act safely when using the internet is an incredibly important part of safeguarding our children.
We are therefore delighted to announce that Stanton Community Primary School have shown our commitment to protecting our pupils online by working with National Online Safety- providing resources for all parents and carers.
The resources include Parents & Carers courses (presented by Myleene Klass), online video resources and weekly guides covering a huge range of topics, including:
· Online Relationships
· Fake Profiles & Social Bots
· Online Bullying
· Online Grooming
· Child Sexual Exploitation
· Sexual Harassment & Violence
· Live Streaming
· Online Identity
· Screen Addiction
· Online Challenges
· Social Media Platforms
· Online Gambling
· Radicalisation, Terrorism & Extremism
· Age Inappropriate Content
· Copyright & Ownership
· Fake News
· Online Fraud
· Online Reputation
· Personal Data
· Targeted Adverts & Pop-Ups
· The Dark Web
· Games & Trends
To create your account, please follow https://nationalonlinesafety.com/enrol/stanton-community-primary-school and complete your details. When you’re set up, you’ll be able to set ‘Parent/Carer’ as your user type.
You can access National Online Safety online via any device- including via our brand-new smartphone app. To download the app, please go to:
Alternatively, search for ‘National Online Safety’ in the App Store/Google Play Store.
Useful resources and links
Fortnite: Since its release 2017, the battle-royale simulator – Fortnite, has become extremely popular in classrooms and playgrounds throughout the world. The game, which features cartoonish characters, bright colours and violence, has had a mass appeal to children. From criminal blackmailing, to the coercion of nude exchanges by online ‘friends’ posing as children, the danger this game presents from a safeguarding perspective is clear. As an added complication, the language surrounding the game used by pupils is near-incomprehensible, frustrating attempts to secure their safety. However, to allow for greater comprehension Internetmatters.org has published a guide to understanding the game and its terms. https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/fortnite-battle-royal-parents-guide-keep-kids-safe-gaming/
Virtual Reality Headsets: This year VR headsets, connected to Facebook’s Metaverse have been released onto the marketplace. The Metaverse seeks to link users to the internet as a Virtual Entity through the use of Virtual Reality Headsets. This increases the danger children are exposed to online. To help understand this new, fast changing issue the NSPCC has published a guide to both the Metaverse and VR headsets. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/about-us/news-opinion/2022/christmas-vr-safety-advice-for-parents-metaverse/
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, it aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.
Internet Matters https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/esafety-leaflets-resources/
A comprehensive web resource with a wide array of tips and advice on how to navigate the online world with your child. Some of their guidance we attach below but you can find even more by visiting the link.
National Online Safety https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/
National Online Safety's mission is to make the internet a safer place for children. They aim to do this by equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise. The link above provides up to date information about a wide variety of social media apps and platforms your child might be using.
The NSPCC are the first to admit that the internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe? That’s where the NSPCC come in. Whether you’re an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, their tools and advice will help you keep your child safe.
Childnet International is a registered UK charity that aims to make the internet a safe place for children and young people. Packed with resources it is a great resource for parents.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) is part of the National Crime Agency and their website can be used to report if you are worried about online abuse or the way someone is communicating online.
The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most.
SafeToNet is technology that educates children “in-the-moment” as they use their device. It is a safeguarding assistant that helps them become responsible and safe digital citizens. Its power lies in a smart keyboard that detects risks in real-time. It steers children away from trouble by filtering harmful outgoing messages before they can be sent and any damage can be done.
A guide to Apps & Social Media
https://www.qustodio.com/en/ This is a free app which will help you be able to keep an eye on what your children are accessing online and how long they are on there for. Thank you to the parent that has recommended this to us!
The number of apps and social media channels your child could be exposed to grow all the time, as does an app's functionality. We recommend you visit Net Aware to read the latest and most current advice on over 70 apps to ensure you know what they do, how you can limit their features as well as recommended age restrictions.
The apps included are:
- Clash of Clans & Clash Royale
- And many, many more
Click on the picture for a great story to share with your child linked to Online Safety.
Once you have created your free account then click on the pictures below to access some of our recommended videos. They are only 1-2 minutes long!
Resources for children to use
Below are some links that children themselves can access for help when navigating the tricky subject of online safety,