The purpose of this page is to give you the Parents and Carers information and advice regarding safeguarding (keeping your children safe). You will find links and useful documents with advice regarding subjects such as keeping your children safe online, possible warning signs and anything else surrounding the subject of safeguarding.
We hope you will find all the information and links helpful, for more information about safeguarding in school please see our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and our E-safety policy alternatively feel free to contact us.
Internet Safety Day 2019
Talk to your child about what they do online. Be part of their online life, talk to them about the sites they visit and what they love about them. If they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child.
Keep up-to-date with what your child is doing online, the digital world changes everyday and we need to make sure we are aware of this and keep up!
There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online.
Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of Primary School age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and are aware if they see something they don’t want to see.
Be aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as this will affect whether the safety settings you set are being applied.
Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, game consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think.
CREATE a user account for your child on the family computer with appropriate settings & make the most of Parental Controls & tools like Google Safe Search
AGREE a list of websites they’re allowed to visit & the kind of personal information they shouldn’t reveal about themselves online (like the name of their school or their address)
DECIDE time limits for things like using the internet & playing on games consoles
BEAR in mind what older siblings might be showing them on the internet, mobiles, games consoles & other devices & agree some rules as a family
TALK to other parents about their views & don’t be pressured by your child into letting them use new technologies
MAKE sure you’ve set some tech boundaries before they get their first mobile or games console – once they have it in their hands it can be more difficult to change the settings.
REMIND your child to keep phones, etc well hidden to minimise the risk of theft.
TALK to them about what they post & share online – written comments, photos & videos form part of their digital ‘footprint’ & could be seen by anyone & available online forever.
DISCUSS the kind of things they see online – they might be looking for more information about their changing bodies & exploring relationships for example
HOLD the line on letting your child sign up for services like Facebook & YouTube that have a minimum age limit of 13
We believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of young people’s development. Please visit the following sites to help enable you to strengthen and reinforce the safety messages that your children receive in school, in your home environment
The Greater Manchester Police have also produced a written guide which can be found below.
The NSPCC PANTS Campaign
The NSPCC has launched a new campaign, Talk PANTS, encouraging parents to talk to their children about abuse. We were lucky enough to be visited by the NSPCC who told us all about it. By clicking on the image above you will be taken to their home page which will give more information. There are videos, information guides for parents, information guides for children and much much more.
If you would like to contact the NSPCC call 0808 800 5000
NSPCC and O2
To children, online life is real life. The NSPCC and O2 have joined forces to help parents explore and understand online life as kids know it.
The link below will take you to a page that aims to be your guide to the social networks your children use. Keep visiting so that you can stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world.
Below we have put together a number of resources for you to explain more about online safety and further advice.
Snapchat is a picture sharing app that has gained considerable popularity with young people. The recommended age for using Snapchat is 13 as it is for most social media tools.
You may be aware that Snapchat’s latest update, as of June 2017, is a location-sharing feature called Snap Map.
This feature has prompted some concern from parents and professionals working with children over privacy, and who can find out the exact location of their children as you don't need to be friends with a user for them to see where you are.
To combat this, users can specify who they share their whereabouts with - all their friends or just a select few. They can even set it to ‘ghost mode’, where they can see where others are without sharing their own location.
For more information please take time to read the document below:
Be Share Aware
Thinkuknow is a fantastic website that provides children and parents with a fun and engaging guide to internet safety and safe surfing. Learn about online safety when using blogs, chatting, online gaming and social networking.
The website offers age appropriate information in the form of games, videos and other engaging formats. Definitely worth checking out.
Swiggle.org.uk is a website aimed at Key Stage 2 learners (aged 7-11). It links to a wealth of learning and e-safety resources and includes a safe search feature. It also provides children with easy access to key educational resources, either in the classroom or at home. Swiggle is provided by the South West Grid for Learning.
The search feature on the home page is created using Google Custom Search with Safe Search functionality enabled. The Search promotes specific educational keywords in order to help provide results with an educational focus. In addition some sites have been blocked to help prevent inappropriate results being provided.