At Perranporth School E-safety forms a part of everyday school life. We continue to raise awareness of internet safety by joining in with Safer Internet Day each year.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation. Perranporth school and community get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. You can find out more information on Safer Internet Day by clicking this link.
This year the day gave us the opportunity to think about the positive uses of technology and the role we can all play to create a better internet. “The theme encouraged us to consider what we do online, the way we behave and communicate and how we should always endeavor to be positive and post positive content.
What you don’t know CAN hurt them
The current standard advice from experts in the field of e-safety is that talking to children and young people is the best protection against the risks they might encounter online. Whether in school or at home, the argument goes, open conversation helps build confidence and resilience. READ MORE
How to set up filters on your home internet to help prevent age inappropriate content being accessed on devices in your home.
The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together to produce helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider.
Use the link below to see videos from the bi 4 internet providers on how to set up your own filtering at home. Parental controls offered by your home internet provider The following advice is recommended by the US Safer Internet Center
No filter or parental controls tool is 100% effective, and many of the risks that young people face online are because of their own and other’s behaviour. It is therefore important to talk to your children about staying safe online with your child and make sure they know that they can turn to you if they get into any difficulty. For more information about key topics such as cyberbullying, sexting and social networking, see more advice for parents. Other services that are popular with young people also provide tools that are helpful to activate in addition to filters. Find out more about safety tools on popular online services.
In addition to content filtering offered by your ISP, many devices such as games consoles, smartphones and tablets have their own parental controls, for example to limit spending or restrict access to apps based on age rating. Likewise, many web browsers have built-in tools and features to help you control the kinds of content users can view. You can find out more about this in teh UK Safer Internet Center Parents’ Guide to Technology.
If children are taking their devices out of the home, it’s worth bearing in mind that they could connect to public wifi, for example, in a shop, cafe or restaurant. Look out for the Friendly WiFi symbol which shows that the wifi has filters in place to limit access to pornographic content.
For many parents, the convenience of knowing where their kids are at all times is more than enough to warrant the price of a smart phone. In fact, a solid 90% of children under the age of 16 in the UK have a mobile. But as with anything else, smart phones come with both their pros and their cons, and when you’re talking about kids, the issue gets even trickier.
From cyber bullying to inappropriate web content, being able to contact strangers, being able to rack up hefty cell phone bills, all these things come to mind when we start thinking about the dangers of impressionable kids using a mobile. And truth be told, those dangers do exist. There’s no avoiding the fact that you do run a risk by giving your child a mobile.
Follow this link tiggermobiles.com to see a wealth of information, advice and support about how best to keep your children safe.
More training and information for parents can be downloaded by clicking the links below.
AGE – THE LAW
The minimum age to open an account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Kik, and Snapchat is 13. YouTube requires account holders to be 18, but a 13-year-old can sign up with a parent’s permission.
If you would like more information about E-safety please use the links below or ask Miss Roberson at school or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have ANY concerns about your child’s online safety at home or at school, or if you would just like some friendly advice, please do pop in or give us a call. We are always happy to help.
Copies of our Acceptable Use Policies can be found below
Make a report to one of CEOP’s experienced Child Protection Advisors
If at any time you wish to report serious abuse online you can use the CEOP report button which can be found on most trusted sites. Below is a copy of this button with a link to the CEOP reporting page.