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Online Safety

At Hazelwood, we believe that the Internet is essential in 21st century life for education, social interaction and business.

The online world is a fantastic place for young people to explore, with endless opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like in the real world there are risks and dangers that children need to be aware of and learn how to navigate. When we talk about online safety, we are not just referring to the Internet but including the use of computers, games consoles (such as X-box), mobile phones, television, tablets (such as the iPad) and all devices that allow access to the Internet. The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives but children, schools and parents all need to be aware of various online risks. 
 

 

Here’s what you can do to help your child stay safe while they are learning and having fun online.

8 Steps to keep your child safe online:

  1. Explore together: Ask your child to show you their favourite websites and apps and what they do on them. Listen, show interest and encourage them to teach you the basics of the site or app.
  2. Chat little and often about online safety: If you’re introducing them to new learning websites and apps at home, take the opportunity to talk to them about how to stay safe on these services and in general. Ask if anything ever worries them while they’re online. Make sure they know that if they ever feel worried, they can get help by talking to you or another adult they trust.
  3. Help your child identify trusted adults who can help them if they are worried: This includes you and other adults at home, as well as adults from wider family, school or other support services who they are able to contact at this time. Encourage them to draw a picture or write a list of their trusted adults.
  4. Be non-judgemental: Explain that you would never blame them for anything that might happen online, and you will always give them calm, loving support.
  5. Supervise their online activity: Keep the devices your child uses in communal areas of the house such as in the living room or kitchen where an adult is able to supervise. Children of this age should not access the Internet unsupervised in private spaces, such as alone in a bedroom or bathroom.
  6. Talk about how their online actions affect others: If your child is engaging with others online, remind them to consider how someone else might feel before they post or share something. If they are considering sharing a photo/video of somebody else, they should always ask permission first.
  7. Use ‘SafeSearch’: Most web search engines will have a ‘SafeSearch’ function, which will allow you to limit the content your child can access whilst online. Look out for the ‘Settings’ button on your web browser homepage, which is often shaped like a small cog.
  8. Parental controls: Use the parental controls available on your home broadband and all Internet enabled devices in your home. You can find out more about how to use parental controls by visiting your broadband provider’s website.

Here are some videos to help your child learn about staying safe online:
Nursery - Year 2 Online Safety Videos
 

Lee and Kim 

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Grab the banana

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timon and pumbaa

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jessie and friends 

 

Year 3 - 4 Online Safety Video
 

band runner 

 

Year 5 - 6 Online Safety Video
 

jigsaw

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Online Safety Day

Online Safety Day on Tuesday 7th February gave us the opportunity to teach the children of all ages about the importance of keeping safe online. We welcomed our friends at Education Child Protection Ltd (ECP) to speak with the children at an age-appropriate level about how to keep safe and how to report problems when online. It is always amazing (and sometimes a little worrying) to hear how much the children  know about the latest game and their chat functions, or how they browse YouTube and know how to log in on Mum and Dad's username!
All staff also received training on how to teach online safety and support our young people too. Thank you also to the many parents and carers who went online to watch the information session - I do hope you found it useful.

 

There are many sites to support parents and carers with keeping their children safe online:
  • Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Digi Safe - for parents and carers to keep their children safe online including a family agreement
  • NSPCC - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
  • Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
  • UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers‚Äč and to report and remove harmful online content

 

At Hazelwood, we regularly use and highly recommend the Online Safety website KidsOnlineWorld which contains lots of information regarding popular apps, games & parental controls. Please click the hyperlink above or on the image below to access the website. 

 

 
Online Safety Guides for Parents 

We have signed up to National Online Safety (NOS) to be able to share a number of top tips and online safety guides to support you with navigating the complex online world with your children. Please click below on any of the guides to open them. 

Conversations about staying safe online 

7 questions to start a conversation with your child about online safety
Conversation Starters
Open discussions about digital lives
Upsetting content 

Android and IpHones

Android Phones - inappropriate content
iPhones - - inappropriate content
Android phones - parental controls
iPhones - parental controls

Mental Health - Online

Loneliness Online 
Looking after wellbeing online 
Share Kindness Online
Social Media and Mental Health 
Supporting Children's Mental Health 
Supporting Children to Express Themselves

General Online Safety 

12 Smartphone tips 
Combat Online Bullying
Online Safety for under 5s
Online Safety for Children 
Safe and healthy habits online
Stronger Passwords

What Parents need to know about...

Age Inappropriate Content 
AI Virtual Friends
Amazon Alexa
AI Solutions 
Discord
FIFA 23
Fortnite Battle Royale
Fortnite Chapter 4
Group Chats
Hidden Phone Apps
Influencers
Instagram
Live Streaming
The Metaverse
Disney Plus
Smart Watches
Minecraft
Netflix
Nintendo Switch
Roblox
Rumble
Sharing Photos Online 
Snapchat
Social pressures linked to friends
Social pressures linked to 'likes'
TikTok
Webcams
iPads
NGL (Not Gonna Lie) 
Spotify
WhatsApp
YouTube
YouTube Kids
 
 

 

 

Our Safety Centre website

Introducing a new website that is aimed to support parents with keeping their children safe online. Parents can type something into the search bar such as "how do I report a concern on TikTok" and the search engine will tell you. 

Please click here or on the image to take you to the website https://oursafetycentre.co.uk/ 

 

Internet Matters Online Safety Resources

Internet Matters provides updated resources for schools and parents, with information packs and teaching resources.

There are age-specific resources for early years primary and secondary education. Each section has teaching resources, a parent pack, common online safety issues for that age group, popular social media platforms for that age group and a list of additional resources.

This is an incredible set of free resources for nurseries, schools and parents.

Early Years - https://www.internetmatters.org/schools-esafety/pre-school/

Primary - https://www.internetmatters.org/schools-esafety/primary/

Secondary - https://www.internetmatters.org/schools-esafety/secondary/

 

Fortnite - Support for Parents 

Need to know more about Fortnite Battle Royale? Games expert Andy Robertson gives a detailed outline of the game and offers great tips for parents to keep children safe while playing.

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Thinkuknow - Parent and carers guide to sharing images (Primary)

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LGFL Resource - Undressed 

This resource isn't for teens, it's for the youngest primary pupils. Why? Although there is awareness about teens choosing to or being coerced or tricked into sharing nudes online, this is about another issue altogether.

LGFL want schools and parents to spread the message of Undressed to the very youngest primary pupils because law enforcement agencies such as NCA CEOP have repeatedly warned about sexual predators tricking young children into getting changed or undressed on camera by playing a ‘game’ or issuing a ‘challenge’ to see how fast they can get changed into different clothes or into a swimming costume. This might happen over video chat or livestreaming app; children often don't even know this has happened; videos are often taken and then circulated.

The Internet Watch Foundation has identified an increase in this trend during 2020 (IWF annual report) - and it's important to recognise that this happens in regular, safe families, while parents are in the house...sometimes the analysts notice the recording ending when a child is called for dinner! 

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