Online Safety at Home

Online safety (formerly referred to as E-Safety) is something we practise in school but we hope the following information will be useful to parents at home.  

Follow these links for lots of useful information:

Cyberstreetwise – HM Government; this site provides excellent advice on how to protect yourself, your family and your business.

SafeSearchKids – UK delivers safe results from google.col.uk, powered by Google

Privacy Settings on XBox - Find out how to set up privacy settings for children accessing games via Xbox LIVE.

Internet Matters - find out what children are doing online, issues that might be affecting children, how to take action

Common Sense Media – provides trustworthy and reliable age appropriate media reviews for videos, games and films

ThinkUKnow – support and guidance for teachers, parents, carers and children

Digizen – advice on cyberbullying and social networking

Kidsmart – online e-Safety learning for the whole family

Childnet – hot topics and how to get to grips with digital issues

Safer Internet Centre - UK Safer Internet

NSPCC Online Safety Guidelines - helpful advice and tools

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The table below was published by Cornwall Learning - the result of surveys in primary schools, the table indicates how KS1 and KS2 children are using technology at home.

 

Typical % per school

Use the internet at home

88

Access to the Internet unsupervised

58

Lack of parental controls – based on pupils viewing YouTube

68

Accessing YouTube

68

Playing on-line games

71

Using New technology – iPads/Hudl/Kindle/Smart TV

81

Have their own mobile phone

               42

Have their own games console (usually in their bedroom)

69

Claim to have their own Facebook profile

30

Claim to use parent or siblings Facebook

21

 

The keys issues and themes Cornwall Learning identified from this survey are:

  •   Mobile devices – phones accessing the internet
  •   Smart TVs – ability to email, Skype, watch ‘adult theme’ programmes
  •   Catch-up TV – ability to watch inappropriate programmes
  •   Access to games consoles appears to be increasing
  •   Children not realising that when they are ‘online’ they are using the Internet
  •   Playing 13+, 18+ games and then simulating what they have seen and heard in the playground
  •   Playing online games with multiple players
  •   Accepting requests to be a ‘friend’ from an unknown source
  •   Online ‘friends’ in excess of 100.

Cornwall Learning has identified areas of concern as:

  •   Accessing the Internet unsupervised and from their own room
  •   No parental controls or ground rules in place
  •   Accessing YouTube
  •   Accessing inappropriate websites
  •   Online games – potential for violence, cyber-bullying, addiction
  •   Social media – lack of or inadequate privacy settings