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Internet Safety for Parents and Carers – What else can you do?

Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends they do not know offline.

Explain to your children what information about them is personal: i.e. email address, mobile number, school name, sports club, arrangements for meeting up with friends and any pictures or videos of themselves, their family or friends.

Make your children aware that they need to think carefully about the information and pictures they post. Inform them that once published online, anyone can change or share these images of them.

It can be easy to forget that the internet is not a private space, and as a result sometimes young people engage in risky behaviour online. Advise your children not to post any pictures, videos or information on their profiles, or in chat rooms, that they would not want a parent or carer to see.

If your child receives spam or junk email and texts, remind them never to believe their contents, reply to them or use them.

It's not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don't know. They won't know what they contain—it could be a virus, or worse - an inappropriate image or film.

Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it's better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.

Always keep communication open for a child to know that it's never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.

Online Safety at West Witney Primary School – Computing Curriculum

At West Witney Primary School it is our aim to promote responsible and safe use of the internet and other digital technologies for educational, personal and recreational use recognising that the Internet is an essential element for education, business and social interaction. Internet use is a part of the statutory curriculum and a necessary tool for staff and pupils, and so the school has a duty to provide pupils with quality Internet access as part of their learning experience:

  • The school Internet access will be designed expressly for pupil use including appropriate content filtering.
  • Pupils will be given clear objectives for Internet use and taught what use is acceptable and what is not.  All pupils will sign an acceptable use agreement.
  • Pupils will be educated in the effective use of the Internet in research, including the skills of knowledge location, retrieval and evaluation.
  • As part of the new ICT (computing) curriculum, all year groups have digital literacy units that focus on different elements of staying safe online. These units include topics from how to use a search engine, our digital footprint and cyber bullying.
  • The school will ensure that the use of Internet derived materials by staff and pupils complies with copyright law.
  • When children are directed to websites as part of home learning they will have been checked for appropriateness by the teacher setting the learning.

The school will take all reasonable precautions to prevent access to inappropriate material. However, due to the international scale and linked Internet content, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer. The school does not accept liability for the material accessed, or any consequences of Internet access.