Internet Safety

Children’s safety when they are using the internet is of utmost importance to all of us at Bowerham.
The following 3 links are the latest online safety toolkits from CEOP. These are originally designed to be delivered by teachers and other professionals however they can be used at home too. they are suitable for a wide variety of age groups and each toolkit is aimed at children of different ages.
*NEW* Please click on the following links for information about the BBC Own It app. This app was released last year and is aimed at children 8-13 years old. It is a messaging app but has a variety of other features which make it safer and more suitable for children to use. More information is behind the links, we think it is an ideal app for children who are messaging each other but who require extra safety, especially as they are new to social media apps and the implications of communicating in this way. The idea is that this gives children some control over their online presence, which is an ideal way to learn about being safe online.
Our latest online and internet safety info for parents (June 2020) can be found on the link below. Please read this carefully and see how much you are aware of about the online activity of your child(ren).
CEOP resources for parents and to be done at home
CEOP fact sheet for parents relating to sexting and sending explicit images.
Please find an up to date document regarding internet safety on the link below:
The following link to Lancashire Police Facebook page highlights some apps that our older children may come across, especially relevant if they have recently received a new phone.
When working on the internet in school all children are supervised by an adult. All internet access uses the Lancashire County Council BT Lancashire filtering service. This service uses the Netsweeper Systems service which is a centrally hosted filtering service, enabling safe web access. This means that we can locally manage and control access to websites. The service provides us with the following:
  • Education focused web filtering
  • Ability to filter based on IP address ranges by using an external directory
  • Local control to allow school to manage which websites it wishes to allow or block

The benefits of this system are:

  • We can implement regular filtering ourselves in school based on classroom or user needs
  • No filtering equipment needs to be installed in school
  • We fulfill our safeguarding duties and responsibilities

Find out more about how we keep our children safe in school by clicking on our policy below.

 

Below you will find some links to external organisations and websites relating to e-Safety. We recommend that you take the time to have a look at this information and discuss different elements of E-Safety with your children. Please be aware that some of the links below are aimed at our older children. Particular areas to focus on are:

  • What information is safe to give out when online
  • How you should react should you receive an online communication from a stranger
  • Keeping yourself and others safe online

Lancashire LEA have an online safety area with links to resources and advice on a variety of issues:

Lancashire LEA Online Safety

Vodafone’s Digital Parenting magazine has lots of interesting articles relating to online safety:

Vodafone Digital Parenting

 

UK Safer Internet Centre Parents’ Guide To Technology – contains lots of advice about smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and other internet-connected devices:

Safer Internet Guide

The ThinkUKnow website is a fantastic resource for keeping children safe online and can be found here:

ThinkUKnow

Specific links on the ThinkUKnow for different age groups are available here, tackling the issues through games:

5 to 7 year olds

8 to 10 year olds

 

Childnet is a not for profit organisation with the aim of making the internet a safe and enjoyable place for children. They have a variety of resources on their website (click on the link below) for those resources aimed at older children, we advise that you look at the resources before discussing with your children:

Childnet

Childnet resources with a younger focus can be found here:

Childnet Primary

Digiduck

Digiduck stories are online safety stories specifically aimed at 3 to 7 year olds

Smartie the Penguin

Smartie the Penguin is also  an online story designed for 3 to 7 year olds

Kara Winston & The SMART crew

Cartoons for older children

 

ParentZone are another great source of information:

ParentZone

They produce information relating to the latest crazes and trends such as Fortnite on the link below:

Fortnite Information

 

There are also books aimed at younger children which deal with the issues surrounding online safety through stories:

One night Chick hops onto the farmer’s house and has a browse on his computer – CLICK – soon she’s shopping online for the whole farm! But when she arranges to meet up with a friend she’s made online, she discovers all is not as it seems…

Little Red Riding Hood for the iPad generation, this is the perfect book for teaching children how to stay safe online.

 

 

 

 

Everyone loves Goldilocks’ hilarious online videos, but in her quest to get more likes, more laughs and more hits, she tries something a little more daring: stealing porridge #pipinghot, breaking chairs #fun, and using someone else’s bed #sleep. What will Daddy Bear do when he sees that online?

A hilarious cautionary tale for a new generation of internet-users from the prize-winning partnership of Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross, the third of its kind following Chicken Clicking and Troll Stinks.

 

 

 

Penguinpig is the highly-acclaimed story about a little girl who reads of an exciting creature known as a penguinpig on the Internet. Filled with delight and intrigue, she decides that she must go and find one.

However, her parents are far too busy to take her and so she decides that she will sneak out and find the adorable Penguinpig all on her own. Carefully, she follows the instructions from the website – but does she find her delightful Penguinpig?

 

 

 

 

The videos below are useful for dealing with internet safety issues. Please be aware that the content of the Internet Matters films is aimed at older children.