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Talking to our children about online safety is a responsibility we as adults must all take, as the role technology holds in our everyday life is ever increasing. It is an integral part of the curriculum we teach at EHPS and we believe the partnership between ourselves and parents is crucial to keeping our children safe. This is especially true of internet safety and we would like to share with you some of the support and information available for parents.

 

Please find attached below several documents from https://www.saferinternet.org.uk

 

PDF- Information and online resources

Some information and links to useful resources.

 

PDF- Quick Activities

Age appropriate games you might like to play at home.

 

PDF- Conversation Starters

Ideas to bring up some of the internet safety aspects you might find useful to discuss.

 

PDF- Internet Safety Plan

A template of an internet safety plan you can agree on with your family to help set rules and expectations together.

 

There is also a very useful website for parents https://parentzone.org.uk/parents with some great information and contact details should you wish to ask for advice or guidance.

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Thank you to all the parents who attended the E-Safety workshop led by Paul Hay. Below are the the videos that Paul shared with the children in school. 

Video used with Years 1 - 4 

Video used with Years 5 and 6

 

Paul has also provided a number of answers to questions that were asked at the event for parents. Please see these below. 

- parental controls on iPads
 
The best approach is to set Restrictions mode. Here is a link which describes how to do this
 
 
- limiting access to appropriate YouTube videos
 
YouTube can have “Restrictions Mode” set. Until recently this used to be called “Safety Mode”
This page will give details on how to set this for different devices.
 
YouTube have recently used a kids version of the YouTube App. Search for  “YouTube Kids” in the Apple or Google store
 
- PC controls
- parental controls on internet access
 
There are many companies who have developed software to limit and control access to websites. These include the popular anti-virus suppliers such as Norton and MacAfee. Other popular ones are NetNanny, AVG and K9.
 
You can always search Amazon and see which are the ones that gets the best reviews . However, be warned you are going to have to be the manager of these systems so a bit of training may be needed if you are trying to outsmart your youngster !
 
The Broadband suppliers give ways of filtering the household internet service. Page 44 of the Digital Parenting magazine gives details for the different suppliers. The magazine can be viewed online here http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/
 
 
- ways to stop pop ups appearing in free iPad games
 
The pop-ups are normally why the games are free in the first place. It is their way of generating revenue. Parents must also be careful to control in app purchases. On an iPad or iPhone this can be controlled via Restrictions.  See this link to show how they can be set up http://www.theinstructional.com/guides/parental-controls-with-ios-restrictions

 

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The government has launched a new online tool for schools to give parents advice and tips on preparing their children for adult life. This is expert information to help children and young people stay safe online.

The new online service, called Parent Info, gives parents the information they need to help them navigate the minefield of issues children can now face on everything from spotting the warning signs of self-harm, to having a healthy body image and managing money in a digital world.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/resources/parent-info/

As well as giving parents the confidence and support to speak to their children on such sensitive issues, it will also provide parents with pathways for where they can go for more hands on support on specific issues.