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Online Safety

The internet is a fantastic resource and can be helpful to children and young people in lots of ways, but they can put themselves at risk without realising it. 

Click on the links below to read the latest information about making the internet safe as well as information on social networking with the use of SnapChat and Intsagram.

If parents/carers have any other questions or concerns they can speak to Miss Bradford or look on:

www.saferinternet.org.uk

Parents need to know the GOLD rules:

G - Ground Rules: parents must have ground rules.

O - Online safety: activate security settings.

L - Location: keep the computer in the family room. Prevent your child from using tablets in his/her bedroom, alone. Set time limits.

D - Discuss: talk to your child about what they are doing on the internet.

Children are taught the SMART rules:

 S - Safe: stay safe online by not giving out personal information.

M - Meet: meeting someone you have met online could be dangerous. Online friends are strangers.

A - Accepting: don't accept emails or messages from people you don't know.

R - Reliable: people online might lie about who they really are. Only chat online to your real-world friends and family.

T - Tell: tell someone (parent, carer, trusted adult) if you are worried about any online issues.

Parent Control Apps

All devices (typically using Windows10, Apple iOS, and  Android operating systems) provide for parental control apps.

www.internetmatters.org

The Internet Matters site allows you to select the type of device you have and shows you how to set parent controls.

There is also a range of Apps to help.  Information given below can change, so do some research before you choose.

The apps vary but here are some of the features available:

  • Blocking access to inappropriate websites (pornography / gambling)
  • Blocking newly installed or undesirable apps
  • Preventing online purchases
  • Monitoring / logging all activity (websites visited, apps used, messages sent, hours used)
  • Setting total time limit device can be used. Can be for specific apps. Child must manage time allowance.
  • Setting times that device can work / is unavailable (mealtimes, bedtime, etc)
  • Showing and tracking location of child’s device
  • Most require a parent PIN code which must be remembered and not disclosed to the child.
  • Some apps are “free” but might be limited to only one device, or only part functionality. You tend to pay to control multiple devices / get full functionality / avoid adverts.

LINK & DESCRIPTION

OurPact  http://ourpact.com/
Block apps and websites. Set time limits for usage. No monitoring of usage.  This one is free!

Kidslox  https://kidslox.com/
Block apps and websites. Set time limits for usage.  No monitoring of usage. Free version limited to 1 device and part functionality.

Curbi   http://www.curbi.com/
Block apps and websites. Set time limits for usage on specific apps (eg: no camera).
No monitoring of usage.

Limitly  https://pumpic.com/limitly-parental-app/
Block apps and websites. Set time limits for usage on specific apps. See reports on how many hours children have spent on each app and at what time.

Qustodion https://www.qustodio.com/en/
Block apps and websites. Set time limits for usage on specific apps. See reports on how many hours children have spent on each app and at what time.  View device location.

Kidlogger  http://kidlogger.net/
Block apps and websites. Logs keystrokes, screenshots and websites visited.  Can also log microphone if used. Relatively easy to disable.

Zoodles  http://www.zoodles.com
Controls access to  websites. Easy for older children to circumvent.

Trust me  https://www.childnet.com/resources/trust-me
New resource designed to support primary and secondary school teachers in exploring critical thinking online.

Childnet https://screentimelabs.com/
Helping to make the internet a great and safe place for children

Screentime  https://screentimelabs.com/
Set time limits for device usage.  Time allowance can  differ across the days of week.

ScreenLimit  https://www.screenlimit.net/
Set time limits for device usage.  Time allowance can  differ across the days of week.
Allows messaging between child & parent.

Key websites for parents

See on the following link below to download and print off this list of key websites to ensure your child/ren are safe while using their electronic device.

Click here to print your copy.

Please click on the links for more E-safety information:

Digital Parenting Magazine by Vodafone

Supporting Young People online

Using parental controls

Reporting to social media sites 

Online Safety Policies:

To view our Online Safety polices and other policies relevant to Online Safety please visit our Policies tab.

Key Apps

REMEMBER:

  • Sharing inappropriate text, images, videos, can create problems for you. THINK first!!
  • Other people sometimes lie about who they are & what they want.
  • With many apps there is NO moderation at all, but most will remove offensive material.
  • If you see something that offends or upsets you, find the button on the site & report it!!