Welcome! This is where you will find information and links to other sites to help you navigate the internet safely. If you have any questions, or would like to suggest a link or other content for this page, please contact a member of the staff team.
The internet opens up a whole world of exciting opportunities for children – learning, communicating and entertainment. However, just as it is important to guide children and protect them against risks in the ‘real world’, so it is that we do so in the ‘virtual world’ too.
New technology has brought both these opportunities and risks closer to children. Growing up with this technology, children are quick to learn how it works and seem to use it almost instinctively! As part of the current Computing curriculum, children are taught to be digitally literate and understand how to be a responsible online citizen.
Nevertheless, as many children have greater access to internet technologies at home (through PCs, laptops, tablets, games, mobiles and so on), we believe it is vital that parents and carers have access to guidance and advice about how to help and protect their children in the online world; for instance, how to use parental controls, which websites and games are suitable for different age-groups, and what to do if you suspect your child is being bullied online.
So, please take the opportunity to look through the links shown below. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to make suggestions for links or content to share with other parents, please get in touch.
o2 – Keeping safe online
Net Aware – Parents guide to the social networks their children use
Think You Know?! – Find the latest on visiting your favourite websites and using new technology here. Use your knowledge of staying safe online to play games too
Kidsmart – All your safer-surfing questions are answered here. Plus, there are regular competitions and opportunities to win prizes using your e-safety knowledge!
Internet Matters – Great website for all matters relating to being online
Childnet – This excellent website provides information, tailored to parents and carers, about a variety of e-safety issues, such as gaming, apps, premium rate content, online grooming, social networking and parental controls.
Let’s talk pants – Teach your child the Underwear Rule and help protect them from abuse.
Know it all – This is an easy-to-navigate audio-visual presentation which is designed to help parents and carers keep up to date with how children are using the internet.
Kids & Media – Is a particular game or app suitable for your child to use? This website has a searchable database of game, app and film reviews. There are also a variety of articles to help you keep your child safe online.
Family agreement for being online – This clear, succinct, printable agreement is designed for families to use at home to set down rules for internet use.
Information about social networking sites – Which social networking sites are suitable for your child? This clearly presented booklet, written for parents, carers and teachers, gives advice and information to guide you.
Cyber bullying- advice on dealing with it – What can you do to prevent cyberbullying? And, what should you do if your child is being cyberbullied? This publication, written for parents, carers and teachers, gives step-by-step guidance. It also outlines different technologies/sites where cyberbullying is a risk, and providers’ contact details if required in the event of cyberbullying.
Activities, resources and advice – Access to activities, resources and advice, as well as educational stories to read and watch with your children. (The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew is used as part of the curriculum at Upton Junior School.)
Parentzone – Designed to help make your life easier! Advice for lots of things including internet safety (selfies etc)