As children grow they need to develop confidence, the skills needed for positive, trusting relationships, and the knowledge of how to keep themselves safe. Keeping safe online and whilst using digital technologies is an important part of this.
This year the children learnt the SMART rules.
Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you're chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.
Meet: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents' or carers' permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting: Accepting emails, messages, or opening fi les, images or texts from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems — they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Reliable: Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the intemet may not be true. Always check information by
Tell: Tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
The UK Safer Internet Centre provides resources to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people. They provide the resources which we use for the annual internet safety day. They also have an advice centre for parents, carers and schools. This advice includes how to set up parental controls and links to Children’s Parents and Carers Zone.
Click on the link to go to their home page: www.saferinternet.org.uk
This link will take you to their film for this year: Zap and Zoom –A space Race, designed for chidlren from 3 to 7 years old.
The NSPCC also has a range of materials for parents and carers to help keep children safe online. These include the booklet ‘A parents’ guide to being Share Aware’ a video and ways to start a conversation with your child.
Click here to be taken to the NSPCC Share Aware resources: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/
Keeping up to date with all the latest games and Apps is a challenge for any parent. The following website has parent guides to the most popular games, Apps and social networking sites. It is updated regularly as these change.
Click here to be taken directly to the latest guides: https://parentzone.org.uk/advice/parent-guides