Christmas is almost upon us once again, and soon some lucky children will be excitedly tearing the wrapping off a new mobile phone, tablet or games console. For some of them, it will be the first time they’ve owned a device that connects them to the online world. Even for older children, a new device means new corners of the digital landscape to explore – and, unfortunately, new risks to be aware of.
National Online Safety have put together their top tips so that you can guide your young ones in enjoying their new digital gifts safely and responsible throughout the year to come.
We take the safety of our children very seriously at Fibbersley Park, and this includes ensuring that they are safe when using ICT.
We are able to monitor our computer network to see what our users are doing. A clever piece of software runs silently on our computers, monitoring what people are doing. It sends reports to a database that we can then view – and then we can intervene if we think any of our users are not using our computer system appropriately. It also makes us aware if any ‘outsiders’ try to make contact with our children.
This software runs alongside our curriculum lessons where we teach our children about internet safety. We understand that at school, our filtering systems and monitoring software work hard to protect our children – but we also understand the importance of educating them about how to react to the ‘dangers’ of the internet when they are away from our controlled network (at home, at a friend’s etc) and what they can do if they feel at risk.
As technology and the internet are almost constantly evolving, we will do our best to ensure that children at Fibbersley Park are always aware of how they themselves can do the most possible to protect themselves when using the internet.
The Safer Internet Centre has created a series of social media information leaflets called ‘checklists’, which provide tips and guidance on how to use safety and privacy features on a range of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.
National Online Safety has a catalogue of free guides giving parents and carers advice and support around a wide range of topics including social media, gaming, security and mental health.
Vodafone publishes an informative magazine aimed at parents called ‘Digital Parenting’. An archive of previous issues can be found on their website.