At St Saviour’s, we feel very strongly about Online Safety. It is both staff and parents responsibility to ensure that children are confident when using the Internet and aware of what steps to take if they come across something they find to be worrying, upsetting or of some concern. We need to make sure that children understand the importance of telling an adult, so we can help prevent them from accessing it again.
St Saviour’s has a school YouTube and Twitter account, which many parents enjoy following. Please note that all our recent videos are uploaded as ‘Unlisted’. This means that they cannot be found using a search engine and can only be viewed if you are provided with the URL link from the class teacher. Our Twitter tweets do not include children’s names and are uploaded to help inform you of exciting things we are doing in school. If you do not wish for your child to appear in photos or videos on the website or on our Social Networking Channels, please indicate this when joining the school or inform the office.
We have compiled a list of websites that you may find useful for support with Online Safety. Please take them time to visit these by using the links on the right hand side.
If you need any help or support, please feel free to contact Miss Lorimer or Miss Cornelius.
Top Safety Rules
Computing Week enabled us to highlight the dangers that we face online. The children were taught how to stay safe. Here are some helpful tips:
1) Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
2) Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
3) Keep your privacy settings as high as possible. Parents should also adjust their parental controls.
4) Never give out your passwords and change your passwords regularly.
5) Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
6) Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do.
7) Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
8) Think carefully about what you say before you post something online. Think about the effects it could have on other people.
9) Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
10) If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
Be Share Aware
In school, we constantly tell children that it is kind to share. However, we need to think really carefully about when we are sharing online. Being Share Aware will help keep your child safe online.
Discuss with your child what things are safe and not safe to share online. Do not share personal information, especially to people you do not know.
Think twice before sending a photo. Ask yourself some important questions: Will it hurt anyone’s feelings? Will you regret it tomorrow? Does it give away any personal information? Would you be happy for your parents or Ms Woodford to see this photo? If the answer is no to any of these questions, do not post it!
Internet Matters is a non profit organisation that has a simple purpose and a clear message – stay safe online. Below is a video offering some Online Safety tips for parents. However, it is recommended to explore their YouTube channel, as they have a whole range of interesting and informative videos.
Google Safe Search
Google SafeSearch is one of the primary parental control options offered by Google to help parents police search results. SafeSearch helps to filter explicit content out of search results.
How to Enable Google SafeSearch:
To turn on Google SafeSearch, visit http://www.google.com/preferences
1. From the “Search Settings” preferences page, place a check in the box with the label “Filter explicit results”.
2. To lock this setting so that your child can’t change it, click the “Lock SafeSearch” link. If you are not already logged into your Google account, you will need to do so in order to lock SafeSearch to the “on” position.
YouTube App for Kids
If your child enjoys spending time on YouTube, perhaps consider downloading the free ‘YouTube Kids’ app, which is available for iOS and Android devices. It can give you control over what your child is watching online and allows you to restrict certain videos from playing. It also removes features such as comments and the ability to upload videos themselves. There is a built-in timer to limit the time your child is allowed to be on YouTube and also blocks inappropriate search terms.
Examples of our Work
Know Your Social Media
Please click on the icons below to find out more information about popular apps and social networks for young children.