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Staying Safe Online

At Avonwood Primary School we take the mission of staying safe online very seriously. We look to provide children with the knowledge and skills to safely use the internet. We will regularly signpost and share lessons, resources, videos and links to help parents to address this area. 

Whilst there are enormous benefits for children using the internet at home and at school, there are potential dangers for children using the net unsupervised;

  • What sort of things do your children like doing on the Internet ?
  • What sort of concerns do you have about your children’s use of the Internet ? 
  • How do you monitor what your children are doing online?
  • What measures do you take to keep your family safe online?

We encourage Avonwood parents to always be inquisitive regarding the online activity of their children. Our safeguarding mantra is 'it could happen here' and we urge parents to operate similar protective curiosity at home.

Please take the time to have a look at the websites and videos below which will explain the risks children face when using the internet and what you can do to help keep your child safe.

Mobile Phones

At Avonwood Primary School we urge parents to give significant thought to the important decision of when to provide your child with a smart phone. As much as we endeavour to provide robust e-safety education, we frequently experience children struggling with anxiety, mental health concerns and friendship issues caused by exposure to age inappropriate apps including WhatsApp (Pegi 16+), Fortnite (Pegi 12+) and YouTube (Pegi 12+). If a mobile phone is required for security purposes, we strongly recommend an old fashioned style non-smart phone such as the one below which can be purchased for less than £20:

Nokia 105 (4th Edition) 1.77 Inch UK SIM Free Feature Phone (Single SIM) – Black: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

We urge all parents to make sure appropriate filtering is added to mobile phones, following the simple steps in the link below:

Parental Controls on Smartphones & Other Devices - Internet Matters

A copy of the recent letter sent home to parents about the use of smart phones can be found here: click here

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Home Broadband Filtering

It is vital parents apply appropriate filtering to home internet services. It's so easy to do and is an important step towards keeping children safe online. Details on how to do this are below:

Parental controls offered by your home internet provider - UK Safer Internet Centre

National Online Safety Centre

This organisation provides some outstanding parent guides, full of simple, factual and helpful advice. If your child uses apps like Roblox, Instagram or YouTube then this is an excellent point of reference.

Browse E-safety Training and Resources For Schools | National Online Safety

Browse the E-Safety Categogue of parent posters

Childline

Childline is a superb charity, providing essential support to children on a wide range of concerns incuding e-safety. It is pitched towards children in Years 5 and above.

Online and mobile safety | Childline

NSPCC

Similar to Childline, this charity has invested resources and expertise in putting together some excllent e-safty resources.

Keeping children safe online | NSPCC

Childnet Series

The 2016 series from Childnet called 'The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART crew' is a great resource for primary parents to refer to:

The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew - Full film

Criticism and Empathy

Using Youtube

Talking to a trusted adult can really help

If your child  need more help because of something that has happened online - like if someone has tried to make them do something they don't want to do, or said something bad will happen if they don't do what they say - they can get support from CEOP by clicking the button below:

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Staff Training at Avonwood

We keep staff well trained and briefed on E-Safety matters. The most recent staff training can be found here.

Parent Online Safety Workshop

Please watch the video for the most recent online safety parent workshop that was delivered in school. You will find out why online safety is important as well as tips that can help support you keeping your child safe online. The video is around 20 minutes long.

Avonwood Online Safety Video - 2023
 
Links to all the resources mentioned on the video can be found here

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