Online Safety

 


"The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe?" - NSPCC
It is important that we understand enough about the Internet to keep our children safe from harm but it is equally important that we equip our children with the skills they need to keep themselves safe so they can experience the Internet positively and responsibly.
At The Bramble Academy, we are committed to safeguarding and protecting staff and children in relation to online safety and using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
Our E-safety policy sets out how we will do this through specified teaching and learning, training and updating, data security and the proper use of equipment and digital content. We aim to ensure that updated support and guidance is offered and signposted to all staff, governors, pupils and families and the wider school community through our website and other platforms. We link with local organisations such as the police and healthcare sector and also local schools and businesses to promote the safe and purposeful use of today's technologies in line with the curriculum and what we know about life as a child in 2019. We take advice from the Local Authority safeguarding board and organisations such as NSPCC, National Online Safety, Safer Internet Centre and Thinkuknow in conjunction with CEOP (child exploitation and online protection command).


SAFER INTERNET DAY 2019

Safer Internet Day 2019 was celebrated at The Bramble Academy and globally on Tuesday 5th February 2019 with the slogan “Together for a better internet”, the day provided a fantastic opportunity to engage with children about their digital lives.
To help you talk to your children about having a positive and safe time online, a pack has been created for parents and carers, including conversation starters, a factsheet, family pledge card and more!
Click here for the pack.
SID TV 2019 says: "We put young people and their parents head-to-head in a game show and asked them questions about consent online. We wanted to find out if parents and their children have the same or differing opinions on a range of online consent topics.
Your Choice or Mine is a great conversation starter that lets parents and young people share views and learn from one another. Safer Internet Day's aim is to inspire conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Why not try this at home with your child(ren) and answer the questions below?"
Start conversations at home with some more "Your Choice or Mine" questions:
Do you need to ask before you…
…post a location on where you and family currently are?
…share a selfie of you with your best friend?
…upload a video of a family member doing something silly?
…add a friend to your family group chat?
…invite a new player to join your online gaming team?
…send a link to a friend of something controversial online?
…wish someone ‘happy birthday’ online?
…change the Wi-Fi password at home?
…give an app permission to see your contacts on your device?
…post a photo of your child on the first day of school?
…complete an online survey that asks questions about your family?
…use another family member’s account on a shared device?
…give out your friend’s phone number to a mutual friend?

Click here for the short film.


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How safe are the sites, apps and games your child uses?

NSPCC



Click here for an Apps Information Document.


Run in partnership with O2, Net Aware offers parents useful information about each social network, including the age guidance for users.
Visit Net Aware here for your guide to the social networks your children use.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Fortnite is a hugely popular game to play amongst older children and adults alike.
Click on the image below for an 'all you need to know' article. 


Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world
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Talk to someone about online safety


If you have any concerns regarding online safety, please come and see Miss De’Ath at school - please remember that we, as professionals have a duty of care to safeguard young people and their families and if we cannot help you, then we will direct you to someone who can.
Whether you want to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks, experts from the free O2 & NSPCC helpline are here to help.
0808 800 5002
We talk to children about crossing the road, bullying and speaking to strangers. But what about staying safe in the digital world?
Having regular conversations about what your child is doing online - just like you would their day at school - is the best way to keep them safe.
You'll be able to spot any problems, encourage them to come to you if they’re worried and make sure they know what’s ok to share online - and what’s not. 


Click here for more support and guidance relating to supporting your children to stay safe online.

Supporting documents - Click to Download

Online Safety Policy, associated documents and self-help links - Click to Download

    AUP
    E-Safety Curriculum
    Online Safety Policy - March 2019
    ThinkUknow Advice for Parents
    Uk Safer Internet Centre E-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
    CEOP The NCA's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.
    Digital Parenting - Vodaphone Useful advice and links to keep children safe online. Useful advice regarding use of Smart Phones
    NSPCC From talking to your child about staying safe online to setting parental controls - this site has a wealth of purposeful information to read. Check it out!
    Nottinghamshire Police Advice guide – Protect yourself online. Click here to view PDF
    NetAware A comprehensive guide for parents on over 50 of the top social networks, apps and games that young people use. It includes key facts for each site, recommended age ratings, and information about safety features.
    Parent’s Guide to Games Parent's Guide to Games is a one-stop shop where families can find everything they need to get started, including information on parental controls, age ratings and other hints and tips.