Hayesdown First School

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Online Safety for Parents & Carers

HELPING YOU TO KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE

The Importance Of Online-Safety

Online safety is an important part of children’s education in today’s digital world and at Hayesdown First School we take active steps to embed Online Safety in our curriculum and children’s learning. We also want to help parents and carers improve their own understanding of Online Safety so that they can support their children to use the internet and digital media in a safe and secure way.

For more information you can download our Online Safety Policy here Online Safety Policy March 2022

 

Keeping Children Safe Online

Parents are encouraged to work in partnership with the school to teach children about the importance of Online Safety. Children use the internet to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It is a highly creative place and offers a wealth of opportunity. The technology that children use every day can seem daunting to parents and carers who often worry about the risks children can face online.

Get Safe Online produced a simple checklist you can use to help you protect your child online and decrease the risks they take.

Access the checklist for 6 – 9 year olds here 

 

Talking To Your Child About Online Safety

Below are some Online Safety conversation starters from Childnet:

Questions you could use to help you monitor and support your child’s Online Safety:

  • Ask your child 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? What is ok and what is not ok to share?
  • Ask your child if they know where to go for help, where to find safety advice and how to report or block the services they use.
  • Encourage your child to help you. They might be able to show you how to do something better online.

Remember to return to the questions with your child over time. Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do together to get more out of the internet?

 

Online-Safety Resources For Parents/Carers

These sites offer good and easily accessible Online Safety support and guidance for parents/carers. They will help you and your child to use the internet safely.

Common Sense Media – find out more about the apps your children are using

BT, Virgin Media, Talk Talk and Sky advice

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre