Internet safety or online safety is trying to be safe on the internet and is the knowledge of maximizing the user's personal safety and security risks to private information and property associated with using the internet, and the self-protection from computer crime in general.
Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at The William Hogarth School. Online Safety is taught to all pupils and our curriculum empowers children to understand and be aware how they can stay safe and behave appropriately online
Your help is needed to talk to your children about how they can keep themselves safe and behave appropriately online. It’s important that we are all vigilant when children are using the internet and act to ensure they are protected from people who may pose a risk to them.
Children can accidentally or deliberately be exposed to illegal, unwanted or unpleasant content, comments or activity online and there are steps you can take at home to minimise the risk.
We know that new apps and sites appear daily online and it would be unrealistic to ask parents and carers to understand all of them. The sites and services that your child likes to use may change regularly, but the messages they need to keep themselves safe will remain the same – think before you post, be kind online and ask for help if something makes you feel worried, upset or uncomfortable.
Please find attached some useful guidance from educational consultants Optimus regarding keeping children safe online.
Please do contact the school if you require any further information or guidance.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): keeping children safe online
Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Digital Family Pledge is a free online tool to help families (parents included!) set good digital habits.
The Pledge covers four important topics: screen time, online bullying, social media, and gaming – and using a series of quiz like questions prompts families to discuss and agree some rules on how to use tech and act online. The information is tailored for children 5-13 years.
If you think the Digital Family Pledge would be useful please visit: www.vodafone.co.uk/familypledge this is best completed on a mobile or tablet and together, as a family.