Online Safety is a vital consideration in this day and age for parents, schools and children. Here at Bradley Barton, we embed Online Safety within the Computing Curriculum, as well as having an Online Safety Focus at different times of the year. We also capitalise on opportunities to embed Online Safety throughout the curriculum, such as when researching or when sharing information.
Online Safety week has been planned for the week beginning the 20th June, where each class will spend their afternoons investigating age appropriate Online Safety topics, such as how to keep information private, why certain games are age restricted and the risks of contacting people they do not know. If you have any suggestions for content which you feel would be especially relevant for your child, please speak to Mr. Easterbrook. We will also be having an Online Safety assembly focus, and the staff will be developing their understanding of Online Safety in that week as well.
We have begun to send out a variety of Online Safety documents- including Digital Parenting magazines and information relating to apps and data storage. If you would like any specific information on an aspect of Online Safety, please make a request to Mr. Easterbrook and he will try to include this information in a newsletter or will speak with you directly.
Online Safety Leader
This was put in a recent edition of the school newsletter:
"Online Safety is increasingly important in all of our lives, especially those of young people in today's world. With mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets being the main ways that young people connect to the internet nowadays, we must change our understanding of staying safe online. Simply saying not to put details online or to move a computer into a family room is no longer enough. Instead we must understand how mobile devices and apps work in order to best protect ourselves and our children. Soon, you will receive several leaflets focussing on some of the social networking apps that
young people most commonly use, but here is a quick tip for helping to keep them safe. Apps generally make their money nowadays by selling on information which they access from the mobile devices in which they sit. In their terms and conditions, they often seek permission to access calendars, photo galleries, contacts and other pieces of information. Clearly, telling young people not to put information online is not enough to prevent this. We would never suggest not to use these apps, but we would recommend having a tidy up of their devices and deleting any apps that are no longer used. This will prevent some of the information we store from being shared unnecessarily. A chat with children about the types of information they keep on their devices may be valuable too if they understand how this information can be accessed without them even knowing. If anyone has any concerns about keeping their children safe online, please come and speak with Mr. Easterbrook, who will be happy to give advice or suggestions."
Minecraft Safety tips
This site has comprehensive safety advice for both children and parents
UK Safer Internet Centre
This site also has comprehensive safety advice for parents
NSPCC Share Aware
This site has advice about helping children stay safe on social networks with a whole section on different sites – remember, social networking doesn’t just mean things like Facebook, it can also be part of what children do on sites like Club Penguin, Moshi Monsters and Minecraft
This has some short videos giving advice for different ages
This site has some good “explainers” and “how-tos”
Common Sense Media
This is a good site to use if you want to check how appropriate and/or good particular websites, games and apps arehttps://www.commonsensemedia.org/
CBBC Stay Safehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe
ThinkUKnow (age 5-7) KS1https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/
ThinkUknow (age 8-10) KS2https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/