Safer Internet Day is on Tuesday 7th Febraury 2023 this year.
Dear Parents and Carers,
On Tuesday 7th February we will be joining schools and youth organisations across the UK in celebrating Safer Internet Day 2023. Safer Internet Day is a global campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology, which calls on children and young people, parents, carers, teachers,
social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers and more, to help to create a better internet. Using the internet safely and positively is a key message that we promote in school, and celebrating Safer Internet Day is a great opportunity for us to re-emphasise the online safety messages we deliver throughout the year. We would be delighted if you could join us in celebrating the day by continuing the conversation at home. To help you with this, the UK Safer Internet Centre have created some free activities and information for parents and carers which are available at: www.saferinternet.org.uk/SID-parents. Whether you have 5 minutes to start a conversation or hours to spare, there are top tips, quizzes and films which you can use at home with your child. If you have any concerns or questions about keeping your child safe online, please do get in touch with your child’s class teacher/myself or our Designated Safeguarding Person/Lead.
Year 6 teacher/Computing Lead
Go on this website to view the parent presentation on Internet safety: https://www.childnet.com/resources/staff-led-parent-online-safety-presentation/
Please find these useful documents with activities to do with your child on being safe online
Online Home Safety Activities
Keeping your child safe on the internet
We want our children to be able to explore the internet and social media in a safe way which gives them access to the whole world whilst at the same time filtering out any harmful influences or dangers. Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency's Child Exploitation Online Protection Command which has been operating since 2006. The website (click on the image above) offers support for children and parents and is a useful resource in helping to keep children and young people safe online.
Google Family Link is a mobile app that lets you set digital rules for your child’s access to their smartphone, tablet or Chromebook. This can govern anything from what websites they can visit and what apps they can download, to how many hours they can use their device. Google allows users to sign up for an account at the age of 13 in most countries, so parents can use Google Family Link to set up accounts and devices for children younger than that.
It’s a fantastic way to give your child a smartphone, tablet or Chromebook and be safe in the knowledge that they aren’t completely distracted by it or are doing or accessing something they aren’t supposed to. This is certainly a welcome move by Google to help proactive parents monitor and control the use of phones and tablets by their children. We have certainly read a lot of stories in the past about kids who run up huge bills on their parent’s credit cards because they were spending money on in-app purchases.