At Chiddingstone School we are committed to providing you with up to date information on how to keep safe online. Our pupils use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. Technology enhances learning, and we want to ensure pupils get the most from it, by encouraging responsible online behaviour.
In school, we use a filtering system to prevent children accessing inappropriate sites.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet especially via iPod touch, mobile phones and game consoles. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Keep your computer in a shared area: Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
Facebook/bebo/Myspace: Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them.
Keeping your children safe online can seem like a daunting task, but there is a lot of information out there to guide you through ways which you can ensure they have a good online experience, without exposing them to the potential dangers. Most e-safety sites have sections for parents and carers, and below are some links to sites created specifically for adults.
As always, if you have any concerns about something which affects your child or someone else at Chiddingstone School, then please contact us and we will do everything we can to help.
If you have concerns about a child who may be in danger of abuse or if you have seen something online which has made you uncomfortable in any way, then the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is the dedicated organisation who can help you. Click the image above to make a report.
Website designed to help children understand the issues when using the Internet or mobile phones. Has lots of informative videos explaining the issues.
Your Password information, social networking, blogging & online fraud from Mr Bill Gates
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre online resources for children between the ages of 8-16. The site focuses on how to have fun online, how to stay in control online & how to report online.
Guide to keeping your information safe and secure online. Spyware, viruses, spam, identity theft, file sharing etc.
The minisite has lots of information on everything to do with the Internet, including extensive advice for parents and carers.
It's not just the PC that can access the Internet...
It is likely that your child has access to the Internet via multiple devices; perhaps a smartphone, a tablet or a games console. Below are some links to advice from the UK Safer Internet Centre on how to ensure your family remains safe whilst using these devices.
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which guides you through the maze of the electronic world in which your children exist, and hopefully will give you the confidence to get involved. Click here to read it online.