At Whitchurch we take the safety of our pupils in all aspects of their life very seriously. Within that remit we are committed to educating our young people to be safe internet users and in supporting parents with this very important skill at home too.
In school we have an internet safety code of conduct that all pupils and staff are expected to adhere to. We have strong and constantly updated filters in place to protect and govern internet use. All infant computers are enabled with the Hector’s World Safety Button, a child-activated safety tool which children can use if something on-screen upsets or worries them. Once the dophin-shaped button has been pressed, pupils are then able to alert a teacher.
The best way to protect your children online is to be informed yourself and make it part of your day to day life. We spend years training our children to cross the road and stay away from strangers in the outside world in all the daily little messages we give them before we ever let them out there on their own. Training them to be safe online should be an equal part of these safety messages, after all they can be out in the ‘world wide web’ from a very young age, unsupervised at times. Use the websites below to help you find the best ways to talk to your children about keeping safe online.
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
- CEOP’s Thinkuknow
- CEOP’s Thinkuknow parents’ section
- Digital Parenting Magazine from Vodafone
- PEGI games rating
- Safer Internet Centre
- The Parent Zone
- LGfL Online Safety Resource Centre
Extremism and Radicalisation
Children can be exposed to materials on line that can have great effect on their view of the world. If you are concerned about how to help protect your child from exposure to views that could cause them harm please use the link below for further guidance. You can also visit our safeguarding page to see what you can do about concerns or use the CEOP button below to report incidents.
In addition to the sites above please download the following guidance on some of the many social media sites. Also please remember that Social Media Sites (e.g. Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, Instagram etc) have a minimum age requirement of 13+ in their terms and conditions. Whats App and other internet based messaging services can only be used by 16 year olds and over.
How to Deal with Concerns
If you are concerned about your child’s safety please do come and speak to your child’s class teacher in school. If you are worried that a crime has taken place online involving your child then you can also report it to CEOP (a police led online crime and safety service) using this button:
- If you need urgent help, i.e. your child is in immediate danger such as meeting a stranger they have met online, then call 999;
- Don’t delete any emails, images or conversations related to this report;
- Don’t contact the suspect yourself: let the police do the detective work.
Most sites will also have their own report buttons or facility to block people and pages that cause you concern.
Thank you to all the parents who attended our latest e-safety workshop in school. Please find all the information below that was given out in the session.
E-Safety Workshop 2016
E-Safety Workshop 2015
E-Safety Workshop 2014
We also recommend some videos which are used in school as a great reinforcement or the perfect talking point and conversation starter with your children:
Lee and Kim’s Adventure is aimed at 5-7 year olds, but as a school we will use this video up to Year 5.
Jigsaw is aimed at 8-10 year olds, but as a school we will use this video in Year 6.
It is advisable to look at the website of your broadband provider or contact them as many of the large providers have restrictions and controls that you can put in place to restrict your child’s use of the internet in your home. You can also action restrictions on individual devices. Below are some links to relevant website which can assist you in this:
Internet Explorer does have parental/family settings. Please follow instructions below to set parental controls:
- Open Internet Explorer
- Select “Tools” from the toolbar
- Select “Internet Options”
- Choose the “Content” tab
- Click “Enable”
- Adjust the slider to select the level you deem appropriate for your child
- Save changes
Firefox has an add-on called ‘Fox Filter’ which can be applied.