Online Safety: LATEST NEWS!
Safer Internet Day Tuesday 11th February 2020
We did a number of activities to promote the positive and safe use of being online. In assembly, I spoke about a number of ways children can be safe by not sharing personal information. I was impressed with how much children already knew and clearly taken onboard information learnt in class or discussed with parents at home.
The theme of our assembly was our identity. We were able to discuss how we would stay safe online, but also who we could report our concerns to (an adult at home, a teacher in school or me, the Online Safety Officer!). Our discussion went further to examine how we should behave online, creating a positive digital footprint. We were aware of how we should interact with others online and also thought about the hashtag #free to be me. Our KS1 classes discussed how they would like to behave online and be treated. Take a look at our Online Safety display in the Computer Suite where you can see this!
TOP TIPS FOR PARENTS!
Please take a look at our regular newsletters - these are sent out every month. These can all be found on the school's homepage. I have provide some helpful tips or things for you to discuss at home with your children. As computing develops quickly, it's important to discuss concerns with pupils in school or at home.
Please remind your child that if they are in Year 4, 5 or 6, children can fill in self referral forms which can be found in the classroom and raise any concerns they may have.
'I've got a online safety concern'
Please come in and see me in school. I would be more than happy to discuss any concerns you have and find constructive ways to help you at home too.
Children at Holbrook use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. Technology enhances learning, and we at Holbrook want to ensure pupils get the most from it, by encouraging responsible online behaviour. In school, we use a filtering system to prevent children from accessing inappropriate sites. We embed Online-Safety into our curriculum, teaching children the importance of keeping themselves online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them access to all kinds of society (both good and bad) and brings them virtually into their homes.
How can I set-up parental controls on devices in my home?
Please click on the website link which gives lots of important information about how you can set up parental controls on devices in your home.
It is important that children are monitored whilst using electronic devices. We provide lots of important information in school about how pupils should not share personal information/data. Here are some of the things we have discussed in school in Year 6:
Our Top Tips Online
-Never tell someone your real name online.
-Don't give anyone your phone number (home or mobile, unless you know them personally.
-Never reveal your password or someone else's.
-Never tell anyone personal details e.g. full name, age, school and address to name but a few.
-Regularly change your password and make sure it contains symbols, numbers and lower/upper case letters.
Here are some useful tips and links to help keep your children safe online:
-Keep you computer in a shared area: Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
-Facebook/bebo/Myspace: Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them.
At Holbrook, we have a dedicated Online Safety Officer who deals with any issues which may occur at school. He is also available to give online safety at home. If you have any concerns please contact Mr Reynolds, via the School Office.