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Merley First School

Online Safety & Technology

The internet is a fantastic resource of information and entertainment. However there are many examples of ways children can be exposed to danger and risk online without proper supervision and guidance. As a parent, the balance between giving your child the freedom to explore and learn, and keeping them safe can be difficult. Your child may not feel they need a parents support however it is vital you support them whilst they learn to use technology safely.

Children can access the online world through a variety of ways including, mobile phones, tablets, games consoles and any electronic devices that can share information, pictures or video need to be considered.

What are the potential issues with online safety and technology?

Childnet lists many topics that give information about potential problems of going online and using technology. These include, cyberbullying, grooming and in-app purchases. For more information visit their website here.

 In addition, the Government has produced advice for parents and carers about cyberbullying here.

A video called ‘Kayleigh’s Love Story’ highlights the dangers of social media and the risk of online grooming. You can watch it here.

How do I know if a game, film or book is suitable for my child?

Like films, video games carry a PEGI age rating for more information on PEGI click here. For further advice and reviews from parents common sense media provides a search facility with information about age appropriateness of games and films.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

How can I protect my child?

It's important you spend time reading and researching matters related to online safety and discuss this with your child at home. Whilst open and frank conversations with a child can be difficult, it is vital you do this to keep them safe. In addition, you can ‘take control’ of how they use the internet and technology. Please visit the NSPCC guide here for advice on how to apply parental controls on a variety of devices.

Further Support

If you have concerns please speak with Mr Wheeler the schools e-safety champion.

In addition, the following websites contain useful information:

Internet Matters

Saferinternet

Thinkuknow

net-aware

CEOP

getsafeonline

Childnet

Childrens Commissioner