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Online Safety for Parents

The internet is essential in 21st century life for education, business and social interaction. As children move up through the school their access to various types of technology increases and it stands to reason that their exploration and curiosity increases too. The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives but children, schools and parents all need to be aware of various online risks. 

We at Birchwood C of E Primary School follow the SMART Rules:

If you would like to share any information or require any further support please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher. Your help is still needed to prevent children accessing inappropriate material at home by way of filters and parental controls. Look below at our extensive list of links and resources for parents/Carers, Teachers and young people to help with your child's online safety at home.

5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids

Sharing photos, posting comments, playing video games-these are just a few of the ways that kids interact online, but sometimes there are risks. Learn five ways to keep your children safe on the internet. 

 

Useful links

Vodafone's Digital Parenting Magazine
Download a copy of Vodaphone's Digital Parenting Magazine.

CEOP's 'ThinkUKnow' guidance for Parents and Carers
CEOP's Thinkuknow for Parents and Carers aims to make online parenting simple.

 

Online Safety Newsletter

Keeping children and young people safe online is one of the biggest challenges facing society today and it is everyone's responsibility to ensure that children are educated to make positive, informed choices when they are online.

Following on from a report from the UK Council for Internet Safety which highlighted the challenges parents, schools and communities face in Online Safety matters, we have subscribed to a monthly online safety newsletter, which will be sent out to parents monthly. 

We hope you find this Newsletter informative and helpful, and we want to work with you to promote the positive use of technology to make the online world a better and safer place for us all.

Reminder about WhatsApp groups

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Recently there have been several incidents related to the misuse of WhatsApp groups. We would like to remind parents and children that the minimum age for using WhatsApp is 16 or over.

WhatsApp is a chat application which can be used on a mobile phone or tablet, it lets you send messages, images and videos to friends. You can have one to one and group conversations.

We urge all parents to keep an eye on their child’s mobile phone or online activities involving social media. The children are constantly reminded that they must tell a parent / adult if they receive anything inappropriate from any application.

As a school we strongly advise you to remove the chat groups involving other children as this can cause issues in and outside of school.

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