Online Safety Day May 2022
Online Safety Day
On Wednesday 4th May we were lucky enough to be visited by Steve Shepherd from The Safer Internet Centre.
He ran two online safety sessions for our parents where he talked about how technology affects our lives and those of our children. The topics discussed ranged from how conversations at home can support children’s safety when online, to the damage that lack of sleep can cause to their mental capabilities.
During the school day, the children in Years 5 and 6 attended age-appropriate sessions (please see the Year 5 class pages). Discussions were had about the things that children must consider to keep themselves safe. Games and social media apps were considered and some suggested rules to follow were given.
Feedback quotes from children included:
“It helped me understand what I can and cannot do online. I learnt about the different games I should and shouldn’t play online, along with how to treat friends.”
“I couldn’t believe it would take well over 45minues to read the terms and condition for some of the apps.”
"I learnt that age ratings on games tell you which games are okay to play, and which games aren't. I will look at the ratings now."
Feedback quotes from our parents who attended:
Why did you decide to attend this event?
“To find out if we were doing enough to keep our children safe online and to pick up on anything we were missing.”
“I have attended one previously and they are very informative and helpful. Having a child in year 6 I wanted to understand a bit more about the internet and apps.”
What was the most useful thing you learned?
“Pretty much everything! Brilliant statistics, awareness of ‘tracking’ of current technologies, great suggestions of parenting approaches in relation to online safety issues.”
“How important it is to educate the children on online safety and explain properly why they can't use certain apps or games rather than just saying 'no'.”
ON-LINE SAFETY TEAM
The On-Line Safety team have been busy completing a survey about the apps and games the children at White Rock use at home. Using the website 'Common Sense Media', they have been researching the suitability of these apps and games. In the near future they will use what they have learned to help parents encourage their children to make safe choices.
The new On-Line Safety team have delivered their first three assemblies across the school
To Years 1 and 2
"Hello we are part of the new Online-Safety team.
We run assemblies for different year groups in the school. We did our first assembly for year 1 and 2 on Thursday 17th of January 2019. It was very exciting to speak in front of 150 children for the very first time. We showed them a video on how to be safe online. You can view the video by going onto YouTube and searching My Online Neighbourhood. All the children enjoyed our assembly and we are sure they will all of listened and will stay safe when playing games or visiting websites."
To Years 3 and 4
"We are part of the new on-line safety team. Our group made a PowerPoint about how to stay safe on-line and we showed it to years 3 and 4. We were very nervous to do the team assembly but we were brave, stood tall and presented the assembly. It was all about how to stay safe on-line and to teach young children what the on-line world is like. It is our job to keep people of any age safe on-line. As for younger children, we have to make sure that they stay on appropriate games and websites for their age."
To Years 5 and 6
"Hi, we are part of the on-line Safety team. We did an assembly for years 5 and 6. Although we were slightly nervous we were up to it and in the end we enjoyed it a lot. Our assembly was about how to post smart online. We presented it on a PowerPoint and everyone really enjoyed it. We think people got the messages we were trying to share."
WHAT ARE WE LEARNING IN CLASS?
See below to see how we incorporate On-line Safety into our lessons. To see more about what each year group is learning about click on the star below.
Year 6 Safer Internet Use Presentation
On Thursday 18th May we were, once again, lucky enough to have Stephen Shepherd in school to discuss safe internet use. This time he talked with our year 6 children about the choices they needed to be thinking about if they were to continue making good use of the technology available to them. There were discussions about how we should communicate on the World Wide Web (keeping personal information private), getting adult help to ensure privacy setting are good in games and apps, age appropriate game/social media choices and what your digital footprint tells the world about you. The relevance of the information to the children's lives was clearly shown in their enthusiastic participation in the dialogue (and apparently follow up discussions at home!).
year 5 intenet safety video - final small file.m4v
TOP TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE ONLINE
- Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
- Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
- Never give out your passwords.
- Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
- Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent/carer or trusted adult about people suggesting you do.
- Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
- Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
- Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude.
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
At White Rock we realise that keeping our children safe on-line is a shared responsibility. With this in mind we have found an amazing resource which will support you at home by keeping you up to date with the technology available today - Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazine. If you follow the link on this page you will be able to access this as well as a wide range of other information:
Is your internet provided by...BT, Sky, Virgin or Talk Talk?
Each of these providers offers free parental control filters as part of their package. Click on the link below to find out more:
For any older children you have or even yourselves, here are some links for downloading PDF checklist leaflets for Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. These leaflets show how to set privacy levels, etc, which you may find useful.