18th June Update from the UK Safer Internet Centre:
Cyberbullying advice for parents and carers
What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is when an individual or group of people use technology to deliberately and repeatedly upset someone else. Cyberbullying can take a range of forms, from public statuses, posts, or images to private messages or group chats. Cyberbullying can also take the form of excluding someone, whether this is stopping them from joining a game or chat, or hiding them from being able to see stories or posts.
The online world can be a great place for discussion and sharing different opinions which can sometime lead to disagreements, however cyberbullying is different as it is a behaviour that specifically aims to hurt.
Although bullying is not a specific crime in the UK, there are laws that do relate to harassing or threatening behaviour.
What can I do?
If your child has come to you after they have experienced cyberbullying there are a few key things that you can do:
- Let them talk
Give them the space to share what they want to in their way and listen. Try to avoid the temptation to interrupt, prompt if necessary but let them do most of the talking.
- Don’t be shocked by what they tell you
If a child has built up the courage to seek help, they can be easily put off if they feel embarrassed or ashamed by the reaction they get. As parents, you may not always understand some of the things young people do online, but it is still key to understand the underlying behaviour and support them with what happens next.
- Don’t deny access to technology
When we speak to young people about the barriers they face when it comes to getting help they often share that they are worried that their device may be taken away from them. Reassure them that this won’t happen if they speak up about something that has been worrying them online.
- Encourage them not to retaliate
Although this can seem like the most tempting thing to do, it’s very important that you do not retaliate to the cyberbullying. Most of the time the person who is displaying bullying behaviour is looking for a reaction when they’re teasing or calling someone nasty names. Your child may wish to reply and ask the person to stop sending messages however this is not necessary and action can be taken without replying.
- Save the evidence
It’s important to keep the cyberbullying messages that a child has received, whether through taking screenshots or saving the messages on the device. Saving the messages allows you to have evidence when reporting the cyberbullying.
- Talk to their school
Schools play a vital role in the resolution of abusive online behaviours. They have anti-bullying and behavioural policies in place in order to provide a duty of care to all who attend. Take the evidence of bullying and any additional details about the context of the situation and length of time it has been going on for.
It is helpful to discuss this with your child before you take the action as you may want to speak to the school together.
- Talk to the police
If you think that your child is in immediate danger don’t hesitate to call the police. Equally, if there is a direct threat of violence or harm within any conversation then you may also wish to contact your local police for support. As parents, any incident involving children will be extremely emotive. The majority of bullying issues can be resolved satisfactorily with support from your child’s school.
14th March 2019
How much do you know about online safety? who knows more, you or your child? Why don't you get together and do this quiz and learn a few tips in the process ? click here to play parents v kids
The popular game Fortnite releases a brand new season this week. Please click here to find out what you need to know about all the seasons and if Fortnite is appropriate for your child. Please remember that this is released for children aged 12 and above
Apex Legends is a very popular new game but is it suitable for your child. Please click here to read up to date advice from the NSPCC
Following on from our E safety parents workshop this morning, click here to find out how to check the security settings on you and your children's phones, computers and consoles
5th February- Safer Internet Day
Understanding Consent in a Digital World
This Safer Internet Day we are exploring the theme of consent online, with the theme:
Our Internet, Our Choice: Understanding Consent in a Digital World
This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day will focus on how consent works in an online context and will ask young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.
The campaign encourages young people to explore how the internet works, who owns the information that is shared on it, and how they can actively take ownership of digital spaces. We want Safer Internet Day 2019 to empower young people to take control of their online lives and to feel that they can harness and use the positive power of the internet for good.
Talking to your child – openly, and regularly – is the best way to help keep them safe online.
You might find it helpful to start with a family discussion to set boundaries and agree what's appropriate. Or you might need a more specific conversation about an app or website your child wants to use or something you're worried about.
If you're not sure where to start then here's the advice you need – great ways to begin conversations to keep your child safe online. And you can always call our O2 and NSPCC online safety helpline for free expert advice.
How much do you know?
As part of our ongoing commitment to keeping both you and your children safe in our online world, we have set up an online safety forum. The inaugural meeting took place the first week back in January with representatives from year 5, along with Fabian Fick our Safeguarding Governor, Phelim Byrne our IT Lead, and Kath Morley one of our Deputy Safeguarding Leads. The goals and aims of the group were discussed and soon the conversation turned to games and apps the children use on a regular basis. It soon became apparent that many of these children were aware of difficulties or were worried about situations they had experienced on line. When asked which games or social media platforms most of these children or their peers used, one name which kept appearing was Tik Tok. We thought it would be interesting for the children themselves to research Tik Tok, finding out just how safe it is to use. You may be surprised with the children’s findings:
The minimum age to join is 13
An email or phone number is needed to set up an account
By default all accounts are public : Even with a private account all profile users' photos, username and bio are available to all users.
You can only delete an account by requesting a code from the app using a phone number.
For further information, please visit the recent article:
In a world where there are so many exciting opportunities and creative possibilities with just one click of an app, it is so easy to get swept away ,and enchanted by, the experiences without always considering what you are signing up to, and understanding what companies can do with your information. Have fun and enjoy the experiences but please take a few minutes to look at those apps on your phones and tablets, and most importantly talk to your children about the apps they want to use and the Implications of doing so before you sign up. Make sure they know they can talk to you if they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation.
Are you buying a mobile phone for someone this Christmas? Here are some questions from the UK Safer Internet Centre to ask in the shop
- Does this phone have internet access? What does this allow the phone to do?
- Is it possible to filter internet content that is potentially harmful for children?
- Is it possible to disable the internet browser to prevent my child from surfing the web?
- If my child accesses wifi from home, how can I ensure that filtering is still in place?
How can this smartphone be used to watch films and TV or listen to music? Can I restrict access to content based on age ratings?
- What are the ways this device can be used to communicate with people?
- Are there any settings to prevent video calling?
- Are there any settings to prevent multiplayer gaming?
How can I report unwanted or abusive calls or messages?
- Can I prevent my child from downloading apps which are not age appropriate?
- How can I report an app?
Are there any apps which might help protect my child?
Protecting personal information
- How can you set a PIN to lock the phone when it is not being used?
Does this phone have any location services? Are there any settings to prevent my child sharing their location?
Click here to find practical tips to help your child build their understanding of the online world and create a safe space for them to explore
Click here to keep up to date with social networks and games children currently use
updated October 2018
Online spaces, games and media form a large part of life for young people growing up today. It offers a platform to connect with others, connect with others and to learn.
Of course there are risks associated with being online, as there are with all aspects of life.
One of the best ways to help young people to stay safe online is to talk to them about what they do. If you understand the situations they encounter you will be better placed to offer them advice on how to deal with them.
Equipping children with the know how to stay safe whilst enjoying and benefiting from all that the internet has to offer is at the forefront of our computing curriculum and safeguarding policies. The conversations you as parents/carers have at home with your child about esafety issues are paramount to your child staying safe online. Online gaming is a popular hobby that many children enjoy. However, it is also a place where children can be exposed and vulnerable to a range of online dangers. It is also important for children to be aware that social media platforms should not be used by children at primary school and understand the potential hazards of doing so.
To help raise awareness amongst children of potential dangers, how to stay safe online and what to do in the event of any worrying or uncomfortable online experiences, we are asking parents to talk to their children about these issues. The following websites provide useful advice, resources for conversations, tips on parental control for online devices and what to do if you have concerns about your child’s online activity.
UK Safer Internet Centre https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers
Childnet International http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
It is through raising awareness and having regular conversations with children both in and out of school that we can help foster a strong understanding and culture of openness about online safety issues and how to tackle them.
Chester Park Junior School Online Safety policy 2017
Year 5 watched and discussed a programme about Cyber Bullying. They then discussed just how important it is to take care when posting a photo of themselves online and worked out just how many people could access their photos if they weren't careful!
As part of their Safer Internet Day Learning, year 6 created their own rules for Safer Internet Use.
Nothing is more important to us than the safety and welfare of our pupils. We take rigorous steps to ensure that children stay safe and do not come to any harm. We work closely with parents / carers and a range of professional external agencies in order to secure this.
Visit the website saferinternet.org.uk to find information for parents and a resources pack
NSPCC have some really useful resources for parents for online safety:
Click here for Share Aware online resources.
Follow this link to find out more about how to keep both you and your children safe when using the internet.
http://www.swgfl.org.uk/Staying-Safe -advice for parents about key e safety topics such as social networking as well as guides showing how to set up filters and parent settings.
Games and internet safety activities covering the safe use of mobile phones, email, instant messaging, on line forums. Help your children to be cybersmart and how to keep themselves safe!
http://www.saferinternet.org.uk- includes advice and resources for young people, parents and carers.
We have had a new e safety website recommended to us:
Chester Park Junior School is using the 360 degree safe self review tool which is intended to help schools review their e-safety policy and practice.
"360 degree safe is a well-designed, user friendly, online tool for schools to review their e-safety provision. It helps them identify strengths / weaknesses & develop an improvement action plan". Nominet Award Winner - Making the internet safer award
Tuesday 7th February 2017 is Safer Internet Day. The class activities have focused on the power of pictures and images online.
Have a look at some of the ways we have been teaching the children to stay safe online.