Online Safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of Online Safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
Please view our Online Safety Policy here.
Please view our Remote Learning Policy here.
As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.
Acceptable Use Policies
At the start of the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. We then ask every ask all children, young people and adults involved in the life of Castlecroft Primary School to sign an Acceptable Use* Policy (AUP), which is a document that outlines how we expect them to behave when they are online, and/or using school networks, connections, internet connectivity and devices, cloud platforms and social media (both when on school site and outside of school) and how they can keep themselves safe online.
Please view our KS1 Acceptable Use Policy here
Please view our KS2 Acceptable Use Policy here
Please view our Parents Acceptable Use Policy here
In order to provide the right level of online safety support to you as parents, we would like to know what support if any you would like to see the school provide. Please click here to complete the survey which should only take about 1 minute to complete.
As a parent you’ll know how important the internet is to children – they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It’s a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online – such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
You can download the DofE advice for parents on cyberbullying here.
You can access the DofE online parents support website called Parent Info here.
Why not look at creating a family agreement to make clear what is allowed...or not, how much time you can spend on devices, and ground rules like no phones at the table or in the bedroom at night-time. Shared expectations will reduce arguments and keep everyone safe & healthy. See the following link:
You can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?
Parent Resources (please look at the sidebar to the right of this page too)
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we’ve suggested a few internet sites on the right of this page which are fantastic resources, They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.
Childnet also produce a leaflet for parents which you can download here.
Free Microsoft XBox Guide
Microsoft have put together a comprehensive toolkit for parents, children and young people covering parental controls, guidance for all ages, common safety risks, bullying, unwanted contact and more. Please click here to view.
It’s important to remember that having a social media account on Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat is against the terms of service if you are under 13 years of age.
Parent Fact Sheets & Guides To Popular Social Media
Click on the following links to find some useful parental guides to the following social media:
Internet Safety Resources
There is a great new online safety tool designed for parents launched by the Department for Education called Parent Info.
It has has advice on everything from keeping children safe from online trolls to WhatsApp – a guide for parents.
Childnet is a great website resource for parents and children on online safety.
Click here to watch an interactive video on how to keep your child safer online.
Think U Know has a great section for parents and covers topics such as gaming and talking to strangers. You can also search by topic or age range to find information that is relevant for your family. You can find the site here.
Internet Matters is another great site to use – it has advice on cyberbullying, how to talk to your children about internet safety and quick guides to different types of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat. You can visit their pages here Internet Matters.
Here are quick links to a range of Internet safety sites that you may find useful too…