Online Safety

At Brandlehow Primary School we want staff, children, parents and carers to create a school community that embraces the use of new technologies.  We promote the use of ICT to enhance learning and thinking and teach all of the children how to keep themselves safe.  All adults in school ensure that pupils know how to report incidents and problems confidently and straight away.

We strongly recommend that parents monitor their children’s activity on the internet. There are a variety of ways in which children can access the internet for example through laptops, tablet computers, smartphones and games consoles.

At Home

As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves.  It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities.  But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. 

You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face.  Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.  Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com

Web Links For Parents

It's worth looking at each of the following sites to get a balanced view of the potential risks of what is really an invaluable resource.

Online Safety Presentation about Brandlehow

NSPCC This website has a wealth of information about how to keep your child safe online

Internet matters.org A really useful site with, among other things, information about how to set up parental controls on devices around your home.

Get Safe On Line This is a UK Government sponsored site containing lots of helpful information.

The Virtual Global Taskforce The VGT is an international organisation dedicated to making the internet a safer place, especially for children. It was set up by police forces in Britain, America, Canada and Australia.

Internet Watch Foundation  Here you can report any illegal content that you come across on the internet.

CEOP This website gives you information about how you can report online abuse

Here is a video with more information about how to stay safe

Do you know how old children must be to access social media?