Let's Keep Safe!
Internet Safety has been in the news a lot recently and it remains critical to teach children how to be safe in a world of connected devices. With so much of our lives being governed by online interactions, it is important that children, parents and staff understand what the internet is, how it works, how it is used as well as its risks and benefits. At WBJS, we teach internet safety every year for a half term and help children ask questions, highlight risks and challenges and help children think critically about the technology they use and how they use it.
To support our curriculum, we use the materials provided by Google's BeInternetAwesome pack which can be found here: https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_uk/toolkit. As part of this, parents, teachers and children find the Interland game a fun and comprehensive start to internet safety. Why not have a play here: https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/interland
Guidance for parents
Technology moves like a whirlwind and it is hard as a parent to stay up-to-date with developments in technology and internet safety. Below is a selection of resources which can be helpful in establishing routines, monitoring children’s internet use and helping each household manage the associated risks of a world of connected devices. Ultimately, these guides are a good starting point, but we understand that each home will have a slightly different approach.
Whatever your approach is, it is important that every home has rules and routines, monitors and reviews access and that adults and children understand the risks associated with Internet use.
For establishing routines and rules as a family, visit https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/6-10/ where there is a helpful e-safety checklist for in the home.
Specific guidance www.parentzone.org.uk have a wealth of helpful resources such as parent guides for games including Clash of Clans and tnite as well as parent walkthroughs for Youtube, Netflix, Instagram and others. The ‘Safer Schools’ app is also useful for information and guidance.
Look to see if your child’s devices are set-up safe. https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/guidance/e-safety-checklist-getting-your-kids-tech-devices-set-up-safe/
Finally, for information and guidance about the ‘Momo’ phenomenon and how to protect your child. Read the article at https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/news-blogs/momo-challenge-what-parents-should-know-about-online-crazes/ and have a look at the summary sheet found at https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/platform-guides/momo-online-safety-guide-for-parents/
Every home will have a different approach to Internet safety, but by highlighting some good rules of thumb we hope that together we can build a safer school community.
Thinking of buying a computer game for your child?
Why not check the parent guide database first and make an informed decision about its online content, networking, language and violence.
Worried about the Momo Challenge?
This has been a big news story recently. If you are still looking for information, have a look at the following links to help keep you children safe and understand what it is all about.