Online Safety is a very important part of keeping children safe and something we take seriously at Robert Arkenstall. Because of this, Online Safety (sometimes referred to as E-safety) is taught to all pupils at all ages, clearly explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. Likewise, to help ensure that children are safeguarded from potential dangers and unsuitable material, we have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally. Finally, all Online Safety incidents are managed in accordance with our Online Safety Policy
At Robert Arkenstall, we believe that online safety is a shared responsibility and that we can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure our message is consistent. It is therefore important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
Please see below for a list of child-friendly search engines. However, please also be aware that no search engine is 100% safe; these are simply ‘safer’ search engines.
The below website provides access to copyright-free images that children can use.
When children are accessing games via Xbox LIVE or Playstation Plus, privacy settings can be set up.
(The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on Facebook and x-box settings, jargon busting and much more.
The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre and provides useful information on how children of all ages can stay safe online.
Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online.
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
A summary of tips for parents from Cambridgeshire ICT service and Robert Arkenstall to help keep their children safe online can be found here.
Summary of Tips for Keeping your Child Safe Online
- Make sure that children are aware that they should never give out ANY personal details online; including name, location, e-mail or anything that could be used to identify themselves.
- Check the minimum age of games and apps that your children use. These may not be immediately obvious, but can be found on apps stores or online.
- Try to place online activity in a public part of the house where their activity can be seen and heard.
- When installing new games or apps, do this with your children so that you can help set up appropriate safety settings.
- With some games it is possible to install child-friendly graphics options or set the game to a ‘peaceful’ level.
- Talk to your child regularly about their on screen gaming experiences.
- If using devices such as i-pads, you can change the security settings so that children are unable to access content that is not appropriate for their age. You can speak to Mr Fisher or Mr Hodge if you’re unsure about how to do this.
Finally, if you're concerned with the amount of screen time your children are desiring, here are a couple of useful links:
Click here for an interesting article on limiting screen time.
Gamequitters also has lots of useful information and articles.
As always, we would encourage children to make the most of online technology; just to do so in a safe and sensible way.