Online Safety @ Perranporth School
At Perranporth School E-safety forms a part of everyday school life. We continue to raise awareness of internet safety by joining in with Safer Internet Day each year.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation. Perranporth school and community get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. You can find out more information on Safer Internet Day by clicking this link.
This year the day gave us the opportunity to think about the positive uses of technology and the role we can all play to create a better internet. “The theme encouraged us to consider what we do online, the way we behave and communicate and how we should always endeavor to be positive and post positive content.
What you don’t know CAN hurt them
The current standard advice from experts in the field of e-safety is that talking to children and young people is the best protection against the risks they might encounter online. Whether in school or at home, the argument goes, open conversation helps build confidence and resilience. READ MORE
How to set up filters on your home internet to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home.
The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together to produce helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider.
Use the link below to see videos from the bi 4 internet providers on how to set up your own filtering at home. Parental controls offered by your home internet provider The following advice is recommended by the US Safer Internet Center
Remember that filtering is only part of the solution
No filter or parental controls tool is 100% effective, and many of the risks that young people face online are because of their own and other’s behaviour. It is therefore important to talk to your children about staying safe online with your child and make sure they know that they can turn to you if they get into any difficulty. For more information about key topics such as cyberbullying, sexting and social networking, see more advice for parents. Other services that are popular with young people also provide tools that are helpful to activate in addition to filters. Find out more about safety tools on popular online services.
Devices that connect to your home internet
In addition to content filtering offered by your ISP, many devices such as games consoles, smartphones and tablets have their own parental controls, for example to limit spending or restrict access to apps based on age rating. Likewise, many web browsers have built-in tools and features to help you control the kinds of content users can view. You can find out more about this in teh UK Safer Internet Center Parents’ Guide to Technology.
Staying safe when out and about
If children are taking their devices out of the home, it’s worth bearing in mind that they could connect to public wifi, for example, in a shop, cafe or restaurant. Look out for the Friendly WiFi symbol which shows that the wifi has filters in place to limit access to pornographic content.
Be SMART with their phone!
For many parents, the convenience of knowing where their kids are at all times is more than enough to warrant the price of a smart phone. In fact, a solid 90% of children under the age of 16 in the UK have a mobile. But as with anything else, smart phones come with both their pros and their cons, and when you’re talking about kids, the issue gets even trickier.
From cyber bullying to inappropriate web content, being able to contact strangers, being able to rack up hefty cell phone bills, all these things come to mind when we start thinking about the dangers of impressionable kids using a mobile. And truth be told, those dangers do exist. There’s no avoiding the fact that you do run a risk by giving your child a mobile.
Follow this link tiggermobiles.com to see a wealth of information, advice and support about how best to keep your children safe.
More training and information for parents can be downloaded by clicking the links below.
AGE – THE LAW
The minimum age to open an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Kik, and Snapchat is 13. YouTube requires account holders to be 18, but a 13-year-old can sign up with a parent’s permission.
At Perranporth School we highly value your comments and views. As we are always looking for ways to further improve our provision, we would be very grateful if any parents/carers would take five minutes to complete our SEN Questionnaire by clicking the link below.
If you would like more information about E-safety please use the links below or ask Miss Roberson at school or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Have ongoing conversations with your children about staying safe online
- Use safety tools on social networks and other online services, eg Facebook privacy settings
- Decide if you want to use parental controls on your home internet
- Understand devices and the parental control tools they offer in our Parents’ Guide to Technology
If you have ANY concerns about your child’s online safety at home or at school, or if you would just like some friendly advice, please do pop in or give us a call. We are always happy to help.
We have a dedicated team of pupils spread over the year groups at Perranporth School, who are committed to supporting and developing our Computing skills in the classroom as well as being a friendly faces that any child can turn to if they have a worry about any form of their e-safety.
Digital Leaders 2018-2019 will have the following responsibilities:Website/Blogs/Online
- Maintain their own Class DoJo blog – sharing good teaching and learning.
- Editing/adding to some areas of the website – celebrations and home learning
- Helping staff to upload pictures/videos to their Class Dojo blogs.
- Those who attend code club can share ideas for next steps and lead some sessions.
- At times digital leaders may support teachers across the school when they teach ICT and use new hardware or software
- Organise ICT competitions e.g. Coding games and Esafety awareness.
- Be a point of contact for minor Esafety concerns in the classroom and a voice for friends, log these concerns and report them to Miss Roberson, Mrs Barrett or Mr Johnson .
- Keep a detailed log of any technical issues in classrooms and record these in the ICT log for Miss Roberson / Mr Pascoe.
- Attend events at other schools to share ICT learning
- Attend after-school training for staff and parents
- Trial new software as required
Miss Roberson will:
- Make sure that digital leaders have enough training and accounts with a suitable level of responsibility to manage the tasks above
- Be available to meet with digital leaders every Wednesday lunchtime between 12 and 12:30
- Provide you with software to trial so that you can use it as part of the ICT club
Copies of our Acceptable Use Policies can be found below
Has someone done something online that has made you or a child or young person you know, feel worried or unsafe?
Make a report to one of CEOP’s experienced Child Protection Advisors
If at any time you wish to report serious abuse online you can use the CEOP report button which can be found on most trusted sites. Below is a copy of this button with a link to the CEOP reporting page.
More advice for Parents
2017 Safer Internet Day – Parent workshop resources
The Power of Image parents Final Powerpoint