Welcome to our page dedicated to online safety.
The Internet and its effective use is an essential life skill, which is fast becoming an important part of learning across the curriculum. We recognise that unmediated internet access brings with it the possibility of placing pupils in embarrassing, inappropriate and even dangerous situations.
At St John’s we have a range of security measures to ensure all pupils are safeguarded. All pupils receive e-Safety education at school and are taught how to get the most from this valuable resource.
It is also important to recognise that e-Safety is a whole school community safeguarding responsibility and we are committed to helping parents/carers in supporting their children use the internet in a safe and rewarding way.
We will continue to update this page with information to help support you and your children so come back often to see what new information there is.
If you have a specific question or worry regarding staying safe online contact Mrs Hood, Ducklings Class teacher, if you have a safeguarding concern please email firstname.lastname@example.org and this will go directly to senior leaders responsible for safeguarding.
e-Safety at Home
It is advised that parents/carers talk to their children about how they can use the internet in a safe manner at home. Please see the further information section below for advice and guidance on how to do this.
Remember, that whilst you can educate your child on the safest way to use the internet, it is impossible to make tools such as search engines 100% safe. It is therefore important that you encourage your child to report a problem to yourself or the school.
New advice on Pokémon Go and Campfire
Pokemon Go and Campfire – What you need to know
In brief, Pokemon Go is a game which gets you out and about whilst using your phone to find Pokemon. This game is recommended for those over the age of 13 and we would not recommend it for any primary age children. We do know that parents and carers play this as a family and this can be a safe way to use the app.
Other measures to stay safe when using this as a family are:
- talk about the privacy and safety implications of a game like Pokémon GO
- Discuss ways to play securely together:
- keeping the app updated,
- setting up a separate email account just for gaming
- using a made-up display name
- turning off location tracking when you’re not playing
- avoiding signing in through social media accounts
A new app called ‘Campfire’ has been recently released in the UK and works in conjunction with Pokemon Go and other apps. This app allows users to find new friends, share direct messages with people and join communities. It is mainly used to find people to take part in battle raids. Users can ‘light a flare’ to let others know you are planning a battle raid and this will allow others to see your Niantic ID, your username, and your real-time location including how long it would take to reach you. We would not recommend these apps for children’s devices as they pose a huge safety risk.
General Advice for Parents
https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. The website has great resources for parents/carers and children.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/#children Children are told it’s good to share, but sharing too much online can be dangerous. The NSPCC have got simple advice on how to keep children safe in the digital world.
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ Information for both children and parents and carers. Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content.
There are handy, easy to read guides on privacy settings and screen time. We strongly suggest checking your child’s privacy settings so you know who can send them messages, view their profile, see their location as well as add them to groups. These guides give you five top tips, latest statistics and help you in setting rules that suit your family.
Learning more about specific apps, games and videos:
In order to keep children safe, it is important to have regular conversations with them to ask what they are enjoying playing online. If there is an app you are unsure, they should be playing Common Sense Media is a good site to use to find out more.
Advice for pupils to look at with a parent/carer:
KS2 Pupils with a parent/carer
Discuss online bullying with your child
Reporting to the Child exploitation and Online Protection team:
For up-to-date news Online Safety issues as they happen: