Stay Safe Online
At Seahouses Primary School, we recognise and value the potential of the internet to enhance learning. The internet and electronic technologies are part of every child’s life. The pace of change of technology is incredible, our children are growing up in a world infused with technology which connects us with the wider world. This is why we believe that E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and it is embedded in their learning at school. We teach the children about internet safety on a regular basis, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe online.
As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities, but the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers, losing control over pictures and videos or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
Parents often tell us, “My kids know more about technology than I do!”
As a parent or carer you have a challenging job: you need to know what your children are doing online and also to help them to do it in a safe way. With technology changing on a day-to-day basis, the best way to stay informed is to get involved!
Try to talk to your child regularly about their favourite websites and apps, and what he or she enjoys doing online. Be supportive and always listen with an open mind. By keeping lines of communication open, your child will be more likely to come to you if they encounter any problems online in the future.
Here are some conversation starter ideas from Childnet: https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/what-do-i-need-to-know
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online.