Children are more engaged online than they’ve ever been. Ownership of smart devices is increasing and the range of content they are viewing is expanding.
In an ever-changing world, ensuring pupils’ safety online has never been more important. It’s an all-encompassing duty. We are vigilant about keeping children safe online and teaching them about how to keep themselves safe.
Many of our children and young people will spend a lot of time online. We recognise this is a great way for children to explore learning, either independently or with their families, socialise and generally have fun! However, children do also face risks like cyber bullying or seeing content that’s inappropriate.
There are a number of ways that you can keep children and young people safe. (This information and advice is accredited to the Sheffield Online Safety Curriculum)
Talking to your child is one of the best ways to keep them safe. You can also use parental controls on social networks, online games and browsers and on both hardware and software that can filter or monitor what your child can see.
Preventing your children from using the internet or mobile phones won’t keep them safe in the long run, so it’s important to have conversations that help your child understand how to stay safe and what to do if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable.
Here are a few tips on how to keep them safe
1. Have the conversation early and often
2. Explore online together
3. Know who your child is talking to online
4. Set rules and agree boundaries
5. Make sure that content is age-appropriate
6. Use parental controls to filter, restrict, monitor or report content
7. Check they know how to use privacy settings and reporting tools
To find out more information about E-Safety click on the following link to the NSPCC website:
Sheffield Children's Safeguarding Partnership signpost a range of online parental guides to help you keep your child safe online. Please click on the links below to access more information or collect one from the school entrance.