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Safer Internet Day 2022

To mark this special day in the calendar, Puffins and Toucans enjoyed a virtual assembly which you can view by clicking here and this was followed by a conversation around the importance of not guessing passwords or inputting passwords into devices that they aren't supposed to know. We also discussed how important it was that when they came up against anything while online that they didn't know or weren't sure about that they ask an adult in the house instead of trying to solve the problem by themselves. Peacocks and Eagles enjoyed a virtual assembly that you can access by clicking here and this featured lots of conversations all about being safe online, but mainly revolved around being respectful to your friends while online, both through games and communication apps. We discussed how typed messages and emojis can often be misunderstood and can lead to friendship breakdowns and that being respectful while online was every bit as important as being respectful in real life.

 

Considering the sheer amount of time that so many children have spent online over the last year and how much time they continue to spend on it each and every day, Safer Internet Day has never been more important. The day itself is celebrated globally and aims to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. We hope that the information below will help you to have conversations with your child about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. The video accessible by clicking here is a good place to start.

 

Top Tips for Parents and Carers

Have a look at the tips and links below with some suggestions on how to get you started and help you to stay safe and positive online. You and your family can #PlayYourPart in creating a better internet by…

 

Having conversations without judgement.

Whether by playing games, watching videos, or doing things your child enjoys, spending time together online is a great way to start conversations about the online world and how they’re finding being a part of it.
It is important to ask questions and take an interest in what your child enjoys online.
An essential part of having this open dialogue is to not judge, even if their behaviour or life online isn’t what you wanted or expected. This ensures that your child feels they can come to you if ever they make a mistake or experience a problem online. 

 

Knowing where you can learn more about their favourite apps and games.

Websites like Common Sense Media or The Family Gaming Database can be invaluable sources of information. When your child starts talking about a new game or app, why not do some research into the reporting and blocking options available? Then you can help your child if they come to you with an issue.

 

Getting support if things go wrong.

There are lots of organisations who are there to support you and your family if something has gone wrong. The Report Harmful Content website can help you with issues such as cyberbullying, impersonation and threats. You can report worrying behaviour towards children to CEOP. Find out more on Childnet’s Get Help page.

 

Reassuring your child that whatever happens online, you are there to support them.

Let your child know that the best way to address any problem they have online, is to tell a trusted adult immediately. For example, this might include someone sending them a friend request; an online message; telling them to visit a specific website, or app; or asking them for their personal information. Reassure them that if anything happens online that they are unsure about, or makes them feel worried or upset, they can come to you for help.

UK Safer Internet Centre Website

 

 

What other ways can you ensure that your child is as safe as they can be online?

Have you set parental controls on all of the devices in your house that can access the internet? If not then click here to find out how you can - they even offer a specific guide for how to set parental settings on a wide variety of specific devices.

 

Sometimes it seems as though the digital world is so large and vast that navigating everything that needs to be done is a daunting task and if this is the case then maybe a personalised family plan, bespoke to your unique household might be the best place to start. If this is the case for you, then try clicking here to get your personalised toolkit

 

There are also a number of specific topics below regarding online safety that you can learn more about by clicking on them...

 

Get advice on how to protect your child’s data online and tips on how to help them make smart choices about what they share about themselves and others.

 

Get tips and advice on things you can do to help your child make the most of their screen time and minimise online risks.

 

Get practical tips to help your child develop the skills they need to spot fake news, make informed choices about what they should share online and form a balanced view of issues they are passionate about

 

Get tips on how to use tech tools to filter and block inappropriate content on children’s device and what conversations to have to keep them safe online

 

Cyberbullying is a growing concern, but there are practical tips and tools you can use to teach your child how to make smarter and safer choices as they navigate their online world

 

Talking about the self-harm can be difficult but starting a conversation about how to safely manage their emotions and making them aware of where and when to seek help can is a good starting point.

 

Get advice on what conversations to have and which controls and filters to set to prepare and protect your child from seeing online pornography.

 

Talking about radicalisation with young people can be difficult, get support on how to start the conversation to support your child on this issue.

 

Help your child take control of what they share online and learn how to build a positive online reputation that will support their future education or career aspirations.

 

Online grooming can be a difficult issue to tackle with children but there are practical tips and tools you can use to help them recognise when they are at risk and take action.

 

Help children understand the impact that sexting could have on their wellbeing to ensure they think critically about what they share with others.

 

Safer Internet Day 2021

Safer Internet Day this year looks a little different with the school currently being closed to the majority of children and most accessing learning remotely. Although with most children now learning and spending a large proportion of their day online, being safe while using the internet is more important now than ever.

 

Today the UK Safer Internet Centre has published a report into how young people respond to misleading content and how false information makes them feel. The following is an extract from the press release around exactly this... 'Separating fact from fiction: Half of young people encounter misleading content online on a daily basis - Research reveals the new challenges young people face in identifying misleading content, at a time when being online is more important than ever

77% of young people say being online is a more important part of their life than ever before, with 65% enjoying online lessons during lockdown amidst school closures

48% of young people are seeing misleading content every day, with more than one in 10 seeing it more than six times a day - often leaving them feeling annoyed, upset, sad, angry, attacked or scared

43% of young people have noticed their friends and peers sharing misleading content (such as fake news) online

62% of young people have had friend requests from people they don’t know

59% of young people are aware they have a responsibility to report potentially damaging, harmful or misleading content online, but overall are more likely to block misleading content (21%) than report it (16%)

To mark this year’s Safer Internet Day, new research released today (9th February) by the official coordinators the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC), shows young people’s experience of misleading content online as well as the strategies they are using to manage this. The research comes as over 1,000 supporters in the UK, including Government ministers, Premier League football clubs, industry bodies, celebrities, charities, schools and police services join together with young people, to inspire and ignite conversations and host events that help to promote safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.'

You can read the full report by clicking here and the full press release is attached below.

Below are a range of resources for you to use at home, some of which will already have been used by your child's class teacher through Google Classroom, but will still be beneficial to use or watch again as a family.

 

There are a range of Safer Internet Day videos available to view as well which have content appropriate for different year groups, so please make sure that you select the video that has appropriate content for your child. You can view these by clicking here. There are also a range of Safer Internet Day learning materials which you can access and use by clicking here

 

If you are trying to access these materials from a chromebook then... 

  • Please click here for materials for Puffins and Toucans
  • Please click here for materials for Peacocks and Eagles 
  • Please click here to access the parent and carer set of resources

 

Safer Internet Day 2019 & 2020

With so many of our children now living in an increasingly online world, we took advantage of the occasion to educate the children further on the many positives and the dangers that exist. Following a whole school assembly, each class carried out a Safer Internet Day activity which gave the children a chance to ask any questions they had regarding their own online activity. As in previous years, there were a lot of questions and I would strongly suggest that you find the time to discuss your child’s online activity with them.

Useful Web Sites for Parents

In school the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning provides for a safe and secure online environment. Many parents and carers do seek advice on how they can help their children to 'Stay Safe' online outside of school. These websites provide comprehensive information about online safety and once parents and carers have a wider knowledge and understanding of the issues they can decide what is right for their family.

 

Free ISP Parental Controls

Childnet International has been working with BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media to produce a new resource for parents and carers and those working with them: Video guides for the free ISP parental controls. The videos are available on the Safer Internet Centre website and the films can be embedded or downloaded.

Video guides for the free ISP parental controls

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