E-safety is a priority at Springfield.
Children and Online Safety Away from School
The following was published on the school website on 1st April 2020.
With the current situation of school closure in place, we are asking your children to access learning online via the school website. Although teachers are checking resources and links before they post anything on the website, there may be an occasion when something happens that causes your children or yourselves concern.
Please remind your children that if they come across anything online that causes them concern, they must tell you straightaway. If this is something that has been linked from school, please inform school straightaway so that we can deal with it by following our own Online Safety procedures. You can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to do this.
The government has also published age appropriate practical support for children to access. Please show your children these links:
- CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse
- Childline - for support
- UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content
These sites can be used to reinforce the importance of children being safe online. It will be especially important for you to be aware of what your children are being asked to do online and what sites they will be asked to access. Communication with teachers should be done via: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your children should not be asked to communicate with anyone online.
If you choose to supplement Springfield online learning with learning from online companies and in some cases individual tutors, you must check that you are securing online support from a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children.
Further support to keep your children safe online includes:
- Vimeo Guide - Parents & Carers Guide to Vimeo
- In - Game Chat - What Parents & Carers Need to Know
- Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Online Safety Leaflets - a range of leaflets and resources to support safety online
- London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- Parent Info - explore the hidden benefits of playing video games
- Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- BBC Own It - support for parents and carers
- Thinkuknow - for activities to do with your family to support their online safety at home
- Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
The Department for Education has encouraged schools to share this support and information with parents and carers.
It is therefore important that we work together to ensure our children are kept safe.
Parents and Carers Helpsheet
If you haven’t already, the first thing to do is to read the Parents and Carers Helpsheet by clicking on the link below. This contains key online safety advice and links to resources, as well as support services.
Once you have read the Helpsheet, click on the links below to download your first home activity packs for each age range.
Each pack contains two 15 minute activities to do with your child, using Thinkuknow resources.
The virtual world of the internet is a great place to learn, play games and get useful information; it is an integral part of modern life. However, like the real world, it can also pose many dangers particularly for young children; parents can find it hard to know how to protect their children in this world. The UK Safer Internet Centre offers excellent advice for parents and carers with tools and strategies to keep children safe online.
Click on the link below to access the 'UK Safer Internet Centre'. Other useful sites, to help keep your child safe online, can be accessed by using the other links .
TikTok is a global video community where users share short video clips and is one of the most downloaded apps in the world. But is TikTok safe? Despite the apparent harmless nature of the app, it is rated 12+ on the app store and users don't always post age appropriate content. National Online Safety have therefore created a useful guide to help parents and carers understand exactly what TikTok is all about. Click on the link below to view this guide.