The Internet continues to change the way we live and is easier than ever before to access. But using the Internet has risks that we need to manage in order for us to be sensible, respectful and safe online citizens.
Children and young people are more at risk of exposure to inappropriate or criminal behaviour if they are unaware of the dangers.
These dangers can include:
At Kitwell, we want children to be confident and safe users of the Internet and to continue to enjoy and learn from technology as it develops.
Online safety (or e-safety) refers to child protection and safeguarding of both children and adults in the digital world. It is about learning to understand and use technologies in a safe, positive way. It is also about supporting children and adults to develop safe online behaviours (both in and out of school).
To reduce the possibility of children accessing undesirable materials our service provider, Birmingham Grid for Learning (BGFL), operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. All of our computers are in public view and access is supervised.
Throughout the school, children are also taught an e-safety curriculum, which has been informed by the Department for Education’s Education for a Connected World.
It focuses specifically on eight different aspects of online education:
By equipping children with the right skills early on in life, we can help them to develop a critical awareness of the wonders and dangers that technology can bring and to help them contribute positively to online communities.
Below you will find useful links that are designed to help parents, carers and children in managing risks online.
The NSPCC has a range of useful guides and resources, from setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps.
Parent Zone offers up-to-date information on the latest issues surrounding digital and online platforms, including concise ‘Parent guides’ that give clear explanations of the latest technology, games and apps.
Internet Matters provides expert support and practical tips to help children benefit from connected technology safely and smartly.
In association with the NSPCC and O2, Net-Aware offers a useful guide to social networks, apps and games. Net-Aware provides official age ratings and expert views of risks to children based on five key indicators: sexual; violence and hatred; bullying; suicide and self-harm; drink, drugs and crime.
The Think U Know library has a large range of useful resources for primary age children. Resources can be searched by category and age group.
USEFUL HOW TO OR INFORMATION GUIDES
Summer Holidays - Parent guide to keeping children safe online
How to set up parental controls for iphone apps
Online safety tips for under 5's
What parents need to know about age-inappropriate content
What parents need to know about group chats
What parents need to know about horror games
What parents need to know about setting up devices for children
What parents need to know about Snapchat
What parents need to know about Whatsapp
What parents need to know about the Metaverse
What parents need to know about virtual reality
What parents need to know about Minecraft
What parents need to know about Steam
Updated links (Spring term 2022)