Online Safety Advice for parents/carers and pupils
Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Haughton Academy. All of our pupils
are taught how to stay safe and behave appropriately online, but this approach
is only successful if we work together and reinforce safe behaviour at home
Below we have information for parents/carers and pupils about online safety, with home learning activities can be accessed from ThinkUKnow by clicking
Online Safety Home Learning Activities and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport by clicking here.
- Parent and Carer Help sheet: keeping your child safe online while they are off school
- Our Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online can be downloaded here. (coming soon...)
- Cyber Security Advice during Coronavirus can be found here
- Parents: Supporting Young People Online (Childnet) can be fond here
- Leaflets are available in a range of other languages here
- Better Internet for Kids has sites for all European countries which can be found here
Online Safety Advice for Parents and Pupils
The internet is an amazing resource if used properly. If not, it can be a minefield. As a parent/carer, it is very difficult to stay on top of social media, apps, online gaming, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snap Chat and the latest online crazes. More importantly, do you know what your child is doing on line? Do you know who they are talking to? Do you know what they are posting? Do you know how to take control and so ensure your child’s online safety? The following tips will help you to keep your child safe online.
If you are concerned with your child’s online safety and require support please contact either;
- Mrs S Gill, Deputy Head/Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Mr A Hinnigan, Assistant Headteacher Haughton Academy Trust E-Safety link
- Your child’s Head of Year who can be found here
Alternatively, if you are worried about anything, you can email to get in touch with the Safeguarding Team on 01325 254000
Talk to your children:
In order to
protect children online, it is vital that we take an active interest in their online lives and engage in the digital world with
- Let your children
teach you about their online world and how they use technology; playing new
games and exploring websites together can often open opportunities to discuss
safe behaviour online.
- Make sure your children know that you are safe
and approachable; remind them that they can tell you if something happens
online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable, without being
told off or punished.
Take a look at the conversation starter ideas and family agreement template
available from Childnet International: www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/have-a-convers...
Be ‘Share Aware’:
If your children love
to socialise online, it can be difficult to monitor who they are talking to and
what they post all of the time. However there are some simple steps you can
take to help minimise the risks.
- Talk to your child about what is and isn’t
appropriate to share online; whether it is their date of birth, location or
photographs, they should be really careful about posting their personal
- Make sure your child understands how their
privacy settings work; show your child how to make their online accounts
private and discuss how to block and report other people online. Think U Know and
the UK Safer Internet Centre have helpful guides:
- Ensure that you role-model positive behaviour
online; consider asking your child’s permission before posting photos of them
online and empower them to have control over their ‘digital reputation’.
a look at the advice produced by the NSPCC and watch the ‘Share Aware’ videos
with your children: www.nspcc.org.uk/ShareAware
Some parents feel
guilty about the amount of time their children spend looking at a screen, but you
can help your child maintain a healthy balance between online and offline
- Set boundaries for children online the same way you do in the ‘real
world’. Don’t try to ban the internet; instead agree as a family how long tech should
be used for and what
the limits, expectations and consequences are.
- Share quality time together. Consider
nominating ‘tech-free’ areas or times, such as your child’s bedroom or dinner
time, where you can give each other undivided attention and share offline experiences,
like reading a book together.
- Familiarise yourself with the parental
controls on your home devices or from your broadband provider; if ‘rules’ aren’t
enough for your children, you may find switching the ‘Wi-Fi’ off in the
evenings or keeping charges downstairs may help ensure that they get a good
- Be a good role-model; remember that your
children will follow your example, so think about your own use of technology and
how often you pick up your devices.
Matters has a helpful interactive guide to parental controls: www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/interact... as well as #Screensafe summer tips: www.internetmatters.org/keeping-kids-safe-in-the-s...
Make it enriching:
As adults, it is
important that we acknowledge the many wonderful and positive opportunities the
internet provides for our children; we just need to steer them in the right
- Encourage your child’s creativity by teaching them
how to take photos or make videos safely; these can be used to make a collage
or be shared with family and friends.
- Take the screens outside and utilise mobile
devices to go on a real-life treasure hunt; when used safely ‘Geocaching’ and
augmented reality games such as ‘Pokémon Go’ can enable parents to play with their
children online, as well as enjoying fresh air and exercise.
- Being online should be a sociable activity; keep
your devices in a communal area and take it in turns to choose a game or video
that the whole family can enjoy together. Why not take it in turns the good old
fashioned way to beat the highest scorer?
- Create learning opportunities; just because
they’re not at school, doesn’t mean children can’t continue to learn new
things. There are a number of educational apps and resources available online
or simply encourage your children to safely research different things online.
Have a look at this
article from Digital Parenting Magazine, which recommends educational apps to
help you and your family enjoy the outdoors: www.vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/useful-tools/ou...
Online Safety Factsheets
Here are some key Online Safety Factsheets on the following can be found be clicking on the relevant links below, all factsheets are provided and supported by
National Online Safety:
What We Need to know about....
- Online Bullying:
- Online Identity:
- Online Information:
- Online Platforms:
- Online Relationships:
- Privacy & Security:
- Social Media: