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Internet Safety

The World Wide Web has become a massive part of our everyday lives. At Knockavoe School technology plays a big part in the development of our young people. As a school community we strive to give our pupils the best opportunity to access the internet in the safest possible way.

As a parent or carer you play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online.

You don’t need to be an expert on the internet to help keep your child stay safe online. Our advice and resources are here to support you as you support your child to use the internet safely, responsibility and positively.

Why is it important to stay safe online?

Most of us are ‘connected’ via our laptops, mobile phones, tablets or personal computer. The potential for the internet to be a valuable and a fun resource for entertainment, making friends, keeping in touch and learning is huge. But if you use the internet, you could be at risk of illegal activity or abuse - be it bullying, fraud or something more serious. Unlike seeing someone face to face, on the net, people aren't always what they first seem.

In the same way you learn about safety when you leave the house, it is important to learn how to stay safe online. These are skills that will stay with you for life.

 

Keeping Safe Through Covid-19

(ref: www.childnet.com)

As UK schools close, or run at a limited capacity as a result of COVID-19, we know that parents and carers are having to manage their child’s use of technology and help them learn remotely. This can feel overwhelming but childnet are here to help!

Here are lots of useful resources and tools that you as a parent or carer can use to help ensure your child is safe and happy online.

Online safety activities you can do from home

As your children spend more time at home and are going to be online more than ever, we’ve pulled together a list of easy-to-use resources. They are broken up into ages and include quick activities, films and plenty more fun ways to engage your children. From identifying fake news to online bullying – there is plenty for you to use and adapt for your family.  

We will be adding more content for each age group as time goes on, and if there are any particular topics or ways of working you would like to see more of don't hesitate to message or tweet us @childnet.  

Find out more about the online safety activities you can do from home.

Getting advice and guidance if something goes wrong

As young people spend more time online there is also an increase in the chances they will see something online which isn't intended for them. Whether this is fake news and impersonation, or mean comments, there are lots of places you can go for help and advice on how to report this behaviour. Together as a family you can also help prepare your children and build their critical thinking skills. 

Making a report

reportharmfulcontent.com is a website designed to help you report anything which you believe shouldn't be online, with guidance about how to report different types of content as well as help with the next steps you can take if your report isn't actioned by the site or service you have made it on. 

Speaking to someone

For young people - depending on the age of your child there are a range of places they can go for help, for younger children they can call Childline for help and support, and for older children The Mix offer free and practical advice.

For parents and carers - The O2 and NSPCC helpline can help you with any questions or concerns you may have about keeping your child safe online, they can provide you with advice and help to troubleshoot any problems your family may be facing. 

For educators or professionals - The Professionals Online Safety Helpline will continue to operate Monday to Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm. This helpline can assist with any online safety issues or concerns any professional working with children and young people may have. For help and support, please email helpline@saferinternet.org.uk

Making the most of the internet as a family

Creating a family agreement

family agreement is a great way to start a conversation with your whole family about how you all use the internet. As you have everyone at home, it’s a fantastic way to set boundaries and discuss how you are all going to use technology during this time. Where is tech going to be used in your home? How are you going to share it and what times of the day can different family members have access? It's also a great way to discuss how to behave online and talk about what happens if something upsets or worries your child.

Having a conversation

As a parent or carer, the best tool to support your child in leading a happy and safe life online is open conversation. Our Parents' Guide gives advice on how to begin these discussions, how to work together as a family to support your child online, and how to handle difficult conversations or situations.

Topic specific advice for parents and carers

From livestreaming and parental controls, to grooming, our website has advice for parents and carers on a range of topics.

Useful Links

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