Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Minety Primary School . We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any online safety incidents are recorded and managed. Online Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the online safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
As part of our participation in the Speak Out Stay Safe programme, we have delivered online workshop sessions for all KS1 and KS2 children. Please follow the link below for further advice and guidance on how to keep our children safe online.
Click here to view our online safety policy:
Staying safe online - for parents
This section contains helpful information for parents wanting advice on how to keep their children safe online.
Search engines & image searching
Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:
Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet. Click here to find out how to set this up.
When children are accessing games via Xbox & Playstation LIVE, privacy settings can be set up, click on these links to find out more.
Breck Foundation: http://www.breckfoundation.org/childrens-area.html
Visit this page for the all latest advice on how best to tackle cyber-bullying.
Apps & Social Media
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.
Staying safe online - for children
Below are some links that children themselves can access for help when navigating the tricky subject of online safety.
Reception & KS1
Below are a number of links that are tailored for children in the younger year groups.
Below are links more suitable for older children.
Online Safety Websites
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and explotiation of children in the real and online world. It is often referred to as the online 999. By clicking on the button, youg children and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
The "Thinkuknow" website is brought to you by The Child Exploitation and Online protection (CEOP) centre. It is a guide to online safety for young people. It offers e-safety advice and resources for children and parents.
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
Ask About Games provides details on PEGI ratings, parental controls and advice on video games. It aims to answer questions parents and players may have about video game ratings and provide advice on how to game responsibily and get the most of them for their family.
ParentZone is an online site devoted to providing expert information to families and schools. They check and provide a range of issues with the aim of improving outcomes for children in a digital world.
The Internet Watch Foundation works internationally with the internet industry, police and governments to remove inappropriate content from the web. It can be used for reporting criminal online content in the UK.
Vodafone Parenting. This site offers lots of practical advice for parents as well as access to their digital parenting magazine.
Common Sense Media provides valuable information for parents to enable them to make smart media choices for the family. It provides unbiased information on educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books and music.
Childline provides free advice and information to those aged 18 years and below, including advice on 'online and mobile safety'. Childline also provides the 'zipit' app for iOS and android devices. The app aims to help young people respond safely to requests for inappropriate images by sending back a 'joke image. Information on the Zipit app may be found here.