Children and young people today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary opportunities, and yet they face many potential pitfalls. These safety and security concerns underscore the need for children and young people to learn digital literacy and citizenship skills and for schools to support their pupils to act responsibly and to use the internet in a better way.
At St Leonard's we aim to provide a broad and balanced online safety education at each key stage to ensure that our pupils can navigate the online world safely and positively.
St Leonard's School will again be supporting Safer Internet Day by holding dedicated KS1 and KS2 assemblies followed by classroom online safety lessons and activities.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre and takes place in February of each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people.
Safer Internet Day 2018 is on Tuesday 6 February, with the theme,
Create, connect and share respect:
A better internet starts with you!
The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charitable organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). These organisations are committed to working to make a safer and better internet. All partners recognise the unparalleled opportunities the internet offers and actively encourage its positive use for social, leisure, economic and educational advancement. The partners all work to make the Internet a great and safe place for children. The UK Safer Internet Centre is online at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
CLICK HERE to link to their Parents and Carers information page.
How To Guides For Parents
It can be difficult for parents to keep up-to-date with the technology that their children use.
The ThinkUKnow website has help guides for some of the current popular apps and technologies that your child/children may be using. These guides highlight possible associated online safety issues and provide guidance for parents to change settings to help prevent them.
Click here to access this resource.
Fortnite Battle Royale - Parent Info
Fortnite Battle Royale is the latest trending online game with 45 million users worldwide, many of who are below the games recommended age of 12+.
It's popularity has been brought to our attention, due to issues arising in school, as a result of some of our pupils playing the game with each other online at home.
Some parents/carers may not even be aware of the game and the risks it poses for children, particularly for those under 12 years of age.
We have shared, below, a help guide from www.nationalonlinesafety.com which provides detailed information about the game and tips for parents/carers on how to keep children/young people safe online if they are playing it.
Get to grips with the digital world! You can access the latest issue (March 2018) by clicking on the image below.
Previous editions of 'Digital Parenting' magazine can by viewed via the following link.
This is an excellent resource to support parents of children who use technology
Online Safety Tips for the Festive Season
Many children and young people will be receiving technology gifts this Christmas that will allow them access to the internet.
The Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) have produced this useful guide (below) for parents and carers to help support them to have fun but still stay safe in the online world.
So, how can you protect your child and make them safer online?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Visit our school website and go to the Online Safety page. Updates will be included here regularly.
- Use the school website as a starting point for Internet searches by first going to the Children's page and use the search
- engines at the bottom of the page.
- Encourage your child to tell you when they see something online which upsets them.
- Make sure your child understands they should keep new online friends strictly online. If someone asks to meet them in the real world they must tell you about it. If someone they don't know asks to be their online friend they must ask you first.
- Know how to report to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards your child. Parents and children can both report at www.ceop.gov.uk or www.thinkuknow.co.uk
- Visit following websites for more information:
- Useful video resources can be found at
The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew
Know IT All for Primary contains a specially designed 5 part animation called The Adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART Crew. This film covers Childnet's 5 SMART rules which have been proven to be effective in helping younger children understand the importance of keeping safe online. The cartoon will appeal to both younger children (6 and 7) as well as right up to 11 year olds.
To watch the animation click on the image below.