The internet is an exciting and fun place for adults and children to use and explore educationally and socially. The challenge for parents, carers and teachers is to make sure our children are aware and understand how to be safe when using the internet and related technologies.
All children are taught about esafety from when they first join our school in Reception. In school the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning provides for a safe and secure online environment. Many parents and carers do seek advice on how they can help their children to ‘Stay Safe’ online outside of school. The following websites provide comprehensive information about online safety and once parents and carers have a wider knowledge and understanding of the issues they can decide what is right for their family. We also run workshops for parents from time to time about keeping their child safe online.
Useful Links for Parents
- parentinfo.org/ – This website was developed out of a partnership between CEOP and The Parent Zone and contains lots of good Online Safety advice.
- saferinternet.org.uk – Here you will find Online Safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
- childnet.com– An organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and the safe and positive use of the internet are addressed.
- thinkuknow.co.uk– The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
- kidsmart.org.uk/ – Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children’s internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
- bullying.co.uk – One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on cyberbullying.
- internetmatters.org / – Specific help on how to set up internet controls at home. Guidance and articles for parents about keeping children safe online.
- digizen.org – A website designed to strengthen awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is. It encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.
- giftedgeek.co.uk/keep-children-safe-online/ – A guide specifically for parents that are somewhat daunted by tech and the ever-changing complexities of the internet.