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At The Queenswell Federation we believe Online Safety is extremely important.  We work very hard to support our children in learning about the online world and the possible dangers they may encounter.

Online Safety Focus

Our online safety focus this half term will take place during Anti-Bullying Week 2021 which is happening from Monday 15th – Friday 19th November.  The theme is ‘One Kind Word.  The children will attend a special assembly and have an opportunity to wear odd socks. During our computing session we will focus on Cyber/online bullying and what to do in this situation.

Anti Cyberbullying Week

During our online safety lesson the children in Years 1 and 2 explored what kindness meant and how they could show kindness to others. They drew pictures on their odd socks to show how to be kind and say kind words. They knew that by being kind and sharing kind words others would be kind to them.

Years 3 to 6 learnt about and discussed how to deal with cyberbullying if it happened to them. They made anti cyberbullying posters to show what you should do if you experience cyberbullying.

Is Roblox safe for children to play?

One of the most popular games talked about at Queenswell is Roblox, so I thought it would be a good idea to put a link on here to an interesting article written by Andy Robertson published on Internet Matters. He looks at the game, age ratings, in-game purchases, parental controls, how to monitor your child's account and online interactions.

Parent Zone Digital Parenting Week 2021: 11-15 October

Since the start of the pandemic, the wellbeing of children and young people has been in the spotlight like never before.  Parent Zone believe that the crucial role parents play in helping their children navigate a world increasingly lived online is worth recognising and celebrating. 

Register now for Digital Parenting Week 2021 and you will receive a free pack brimming with ideas to help you join in the celebration. 

Important Information About Your Child’s Safety

Click the link below to watch the online safety video by Ms Donaghy and Mrs Smith.

Click here to watch the video.

National Assembly with Google and Parent Zone’s Be Internet Legends

Does your child know what they need to do to be an Internet Legend? We watched the Google Be Internet Legends National Assembly online.

Mrs Smith's Top Online Safety Tips

Ensure your child is using their online device in a family area.

This is because if your child uses their online device to access the internet it increases the risk that your child will come across content that may upset them. It also exposes your child to risks like cyberbullying, sexting, inappropriate content, and contact with strangers.

Do you know what your child is doing online? 

Do you know what apps your child is using? Are they old enough to be using that app? Do you know who your child is playing games with or communicating with? Do they know who they are playing with online in the real world? It is far too easy for someone to create an account online and pretend to be someone they are not.  Please check your child is playing and communicating with their real life friends.

Foster a no blame culture in your family.

Does your child know they can talk to you or another trusted adult in your family if something makes them feel uncomfortable, worried or sad online? Do they know they can get help from you or another trusted adult if they make a mistake online and click on a link accidentally? Let them know they can always get help and support from you or another trusted adult at home or school.

PARENTSAFE: keeping your children safe: online & beyond

LGFL has created a new one-stop location that offers parents support and advice on settings, apps, games, talking to children about life online, screen time and key topics, including bullying, extremism, fake news, etc.

They have included an updated digital family agreement you are able to download and customise for your specific needs.

Safer Internet Day 2021 

An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world

 

Usually for Safer Internet Day I would host a workshop to promote how you can keep your children safe online unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, I was unable to offer that. Please find below a number of links to support you and your family.

 

I am sure you are aware of the rise in online and telephone scams that are trying to trick you and your children into giving out your personal information.  These scams could lead to a number of different situations. I hope the theme of this year's Safer Internet day and the links below help keep you and your children safe from these awful people.

 

Take care and keep safe. Mrs Smith

Safer Internet Day 2021 Quiz

Online Safety Update

There have been a number of press reports recently about different apps and websites that are not suitable for children.

We advise that you:

  • are always aware of the age restrictions on the apps/websites that your children are using and talk to them about what they do online.

  • setup privacy settings and be aware that when things are posted online they can be copied and shared by others.

  • block and report users or posts that are worrying or upsetting to the website/app.

Further advice can be found at:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

www.childnet.com

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.parentinfo.org

www.internetmatters.orgwww.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety

Vodafone Digital Parenting Magazine 2021

Vodafone have produced their 2021 edition of Digital Parenting Magazine .  It's a guide to help your family live a better digital life. 

Features include:

  • What are kids talking about?
  • 5 terms every parent should know!
  • Five superhero digital resources
  • Skills lab: Lessons tech savvy parents are teaching their kids!
  • Closer to nature: Apps to assist in reversing nature knowledge loss

And much more!!

NSPCC

NSPPC NetAware have reviewed the most popular sites, apps and games that children and young people use, e.g. Minecraft, Instagram & WhatsApp.  Click the image below to find out more information about content suitability, age ratings, quotes from parents, children and young people.

 

NSPCC top websites to help you keep your child safe online:

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP)

If you are worried about online abuse, the way someone has been communicating with someone you know  online or child exploitation you can report it to CEOP.