Conversation Starter Guide
Bollin Primary School is totally committed to safeguarding children and to a culture of vigilance. Safeguarding is core to our work, not an ‘add-on’ and E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe.
Within school, we have extensive security measures in place, which are monitored both internally and externally to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any E-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with school policies. E-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
Internet Safety at Bollin Primary School is overseen by Helen Johnson, our Safeguarding Governor.
However, E Safety is just important within the home as well as in school and this page aims to provide useful guidance to parents and signposts to relevant websites. Please let us know if you come across other useful sites so that we can continue to develop the information we provide to support parents.
Pre School (0-5 years)
More and more pre-schoolers are using their parents’ computers, smartphones or tablets to play games, use apps, and watch their favourite TV shows. There are simple things you can do to make sure they’re using the internet safely. Follow the link below:
Download the Internet Matters Parents Guide Age 0-5 Here:
Digiduck’s Big decision is a story has been created to help parents teach children aged 3-7 years of age how to be a good friend online. It’s a great way to start the conversation about what they should expect from the online world and how to stay safe. The story can be accessed at:
Advice for Parents with children aged 6-10 years
Early use of digital technology has been shown to improve language skills and promote children’s social development and creativity. But it’s not without risks for young children, who may come across inappropriate content or begin to copy what older children do online. Follow the link below:
Download the Internet Matters Parents Guide Age 6-10 Here:
Advice for Parents with children aged 11-13 years
As children between the ages of 11 and 13 make the transition to a more independent stage with the move to secondary school, they become more confident internet users with more varied habits. Internet use can be hugely positive for children, but it’s vital to continue discussing online safety with them. Follow the link below:
Download the Internet Matters Parents Guide Age 11-13 Here:
What to do if I am concerned?
Childnet is an organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and the safe and positive use of the internet are addressed. It has lots of useful advice for parents:
Other Useful Links
nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety – The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to help keep children safe when they’re using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.
www.saferinternet.org.uk – Here you will find even more e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
www.bullying.co.uk – One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on cyberbullying.
http://parents.vodafone.com/ – Being very accessible, this provides information and guidance to parents to help under the digital world. There is also an online test to see how much you know.
www.internetmatters.org – Lots of guidance and articles for parents about keeping their children safe online.
www.digizen.org – A website designed to strengthen awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is. It encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.
Useful Guides for Parents
Here is a collection of documents that we have found useful: