We supported Safer Internet Day this year by starting the day with assembly and class worship focussing the whole school’s attention on ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’. A range of questions and scenarios were put up around the playground for parents and children to read when they arrived at school and for children to look at during the day at playtimes. At lunchtime the children had the opportunity to play an e-safety snakes and ladders game and the Year 6 children held a photo booth for all children to have pictures taken with their friends. They then asked the children questions about how to be safe on the internet and if they would be happy for their photo to go up in assembly or on the screens around school!
In the afternoon, all children took part in internet safety sessions, looking particularly at the power of images. Years 5 and 6 were lucky enough to have a workshop with AFC Bournemouth about E-Safety. Year 6 even got to meet Andrew Surman (AFC Bournemouth midfielder) and Steve Fletcher (AFC Bournemouth Club Ambassador).
Advice for parents and carers
- Is your family internet safe? Do you know where to go for help and advice? visit: www.saferinternet.org.uk
- Did you know you can set up age appropriate parental controls on your home broadband? If you don’t know how, contact your internet service provider for details.
- Do you know what your child is up to when they are online or what apps they are using – good or bad? Visit: https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/apps-guide/#tab-1431531253-2-18
- How many hours a day do you think is acceptable for your child to be on devices? Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38611006
- Did you know that Vodafone produce a free online Digital Parenting Guide with many excellent tips and resources?http://www.theparentzone.co.uk/
- How do you encourage your child or young person away from their screens and be more engaged in family time? Need ideas visit: http://www.poolefamilyinformationdirectory.com/kb5/poole/fis/category.page?category=1
- How many friends do your young people have on their social networking sites? Do they really know them all? Keep talking to them about who they communicate with. www.bullying.co.uk
- Do you know what your child’s favourite app or website is, as there are so many great ways to explore the internet with children of all ages?
- Many schools will be focusing on Internet Safety this week – ask your child what they have learnt at school.
- Have you and your children done the checklists for the social media sites you use? – view the pdf and check you and your teenagers are safe, there are checklists for Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/young-people/11-19s
- Find out how to stand up to cyberbullies and understand the signs:
- Have you seen the UK Safer Internet Education Pack for parents and carers https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2017/education-packs/education-pack-parents-and-carers This will provide even more facts for you to follow up!
- Does your child want to use Snapchat? Get great information and help from the NSPCC and mumsnet at
- Have you ensured that the games your children are playing are suitable? – check the PEGI game rating http://www.pegi.info/en/index/
- Do you need more advice to help your child online? – check out the parent’s website at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
- Do you have unanswered questions about online safety? – contact the NSPCC E-safety Parents helpline on 0808 8005002 https://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/about-us/partners/nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership/