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
The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting your Child on the Internet - Protecting your child on the Internet
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