Our children love to use the internet especially to play games. The way they start using computers and the guidance they are given at this young age can set them on the right path to being safer in later life.
At Langford Village School we ensure that our children are taught the basic tips of Internet Safety.
At least once a year we hold and Internet Safety Day. For the last two years Paul Hay who is an expert in Internet Safety, leads an assembly and visits each class from year 1 to year 6.
We use a cartoon which was created by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (CEOPs).
It tells the children the 4 Top Tips they need to remember.
We also show the year 5 and year 6 children a video clip to reinforce these top tips:
We held a session for parents. It is important for all parents to learn about how children use the internet so they can carry on the discussion with their own children.
Paul has provided links to useful sites to learn more about Internet Safety.
Paul is also happy for parents to contact him with any questions you may have.
At the last Internet Safety Day, Paul focused on playing games on line. He provided a useful parents guide to Minecraft.
"Digital Parenting" magazine
An organisation called Parentzone have created a great magazine for parents to help them understand how young people use the internet and provide help.
Meaasage from Paul Hay (Internet safety consultant)
With the school holidays rapidly approaching the children will no doubt be using a lot of their free time glued to their devices.
One of the most common Apps at the moment is Snapchat. You may have heard reports about a new feature called "Snap Map". This is causing a fair amount of fuss in the news.
It is the ability to be able to view a map showing the exact location of where they are and also their 'friends'.
This is concerning as it could make their whereabouts known to strangers as not every user is careful about who they add to their friends list.
My immediate suggestion for everybody, is to set their settings to be "Ghost Mode". That way nobody is able to see their location. You do this by:
• When they are in photo-taking mode, you pinch the screen and that will open Snap Map
• Touch the settings cog which is located in the top right corner of the screen
• Tap "Ghost Mode" and that will switch off location sharing.
• Also need to remember that photos and videos which are posted to Snapchat's public 'Our Story' will still be discoverable on the map
If you have parents that are concerned, here are a couple of links which describe the Snapchat App and how to control their settings. Please feel free to use any of this information on your website or newsletters.
These links and other useful information can also be found at my site