Updated resource from Northamptonshire County Council - please read!
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of.The information found on this page and its links are designed to help you and your children understand the internet and how some of the devices can be utilised or restricted.
You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?
This link is a great resource to get you started: https://backgroundchecks.org/the-concerned-parents-toolbox-120-tools-and-tricks-to-protect-your-kids.html
As a school we work closely in conjunction with the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB), The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and to help provide our students, staff and parents with the best guidance possible. CEOP have set up a website www.thinkuknow.co.uk, to offer help about children using the internet safely. Advice also includes how to deal with cyberbullying, grooming, inappropriate websites, losing control over pictures and videos and hacking, viruses and security.
New Government directions relating to teaching Online Safety in Schools
In June 2019, HM Government set out new directions for teaching online safety, these now form a significant part of our Computing lessons at school. The 3 main areas your child will be learning about will be:
1 - How to evaluate what they see online - This will enable pupils to make judgements about what they see online and not automatically assume that what they see is true, valid or acceptable.
2 - How to recognise techniques used for persuasion – This will enable pupils to recognise the techniques that are often used to persuade or manipulate others.
3 - Online behaviour – This will enable pupils to understand what acceptable and unacceptable online behaviour look like.
You can find out more information about the new directions here.
Quick guides for parents
For more useful advice for parents check out:
Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.
If you would like any further advice or guidance please just ask at the school office or contact us through our website.