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Online Safety

Our children are growing up in a digital age.  There are many exciting and wonderful experiences and tools that can be found online.  However, there are responsibilities and risks, just as there are in the real world.  Keeping up with the latest technology is important but it is vital that the school helps develop responsible and respectful digital citizens, who know how to minimise risks and know where to go for advice and support when needed.  A lot of Online Safety is taught through PSHE rather than Computing as much of the issues faced by young people today is about how people act, rather than the technology used.
Annually we give a high priority to Safer Internet Day and we regularly remind children in lessons and assemblies about the vital importance of online safety. We ensure children know about their rights for online safety:

Article 17: Every child has the right to find out information from a variety of sources.
Article 19: Every child has the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated.

Online Safety at Home

The Child Explotation Online Protection Command (CEOP) on their thinkyouknow site have produced some activities that can be done at home.  There are linked videos to watch and discussion prompts to follow up.  They are only 15 minutes long and are ideal for starting or continuing the conversation at home to ensure the balance between enjoying the internet and managing risk.

June 2020
There has been some updated guidance from a collaboration of different organisations, including UK Safer Internet Centre that run Safer Internet Day, the UN's special representative on Violence Against Children and Parent Zone International.  Attached at the bottom of the page is the report itself.  The recommendations specifically for parents can be found on page 33.  It is well worth revisiting and thinking about how our children's habits have changed during the Covid-19 lockdown and ensuring we are involved in our children's online lives as much as we can.  As a school we are reviewing the advice for educators and will update our own guidance to teachers.

Latest News from CEOPs ParentInfo

Who is behind Parent Info? (Taken from www.parentinfo.org) 

Parent Info is a collaboration between NCA-CEOP and Parent Zone. 

Parent Zone are the experts in digital family life. They provide support and information to parents, children and schools, working globally to help families navigate the internet safely and confidently. 

NCA-CEOP is the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command of the National Crime Agency, reaching over five million children and young people a year through its Thinkuknow education programme and regularly conveys its vital online safety messages to over 145,000 practitioners (such as social workers, teachers and police officers) registered to their network, who cascade these messages directly to children and young people. 

Useful Links


Helpful advice and tools you can use to help keep your child safe whenever and wherever they go online.

Safer Internet Day by the UK Safer Internet Centre.  Dore Primary School take part in this each year.
This site is run by the Child Exploitation & Online Protection centre, a branch of the Police.

In this site you can find advice tailored to children of different age ranges as well as parents.  For example Hector's World has animated videos aimed at 5-7 year olds.

CBBC Logo  
The CBBC site also has some useful links.  There's some advice through video here aimed at children.

Matthew Smith,
24 Jun 2020, 04:29