At Broom Leys School we are committed to ensuring your child's safety and well being.
NEW E-SAFETY UPDATES THIS WEEK
1. Parent’s guide to watching videos online
Watching videos is one of the most popular ways for children to use technology. As with all online activity, this comes with potential risks as well as the benefits. ThinkUKnow have put together a useful parents' guide to how to talk to your child about inappropriate content and keeping safe when watching videos.
Their four tips are:
1. Talk to your child about what videos they like to watch online (and watch some together)
2. Look up the age ratings and the minimum age of use for the apps, sites and games your child uses
3. Set up parental controls and filters
4. Use Thinkuknow resources to help you help your child stay safe online
For more detail about these tips, read the full guide at:
Free Online Safety Parent Session
On March 30th, Google and Parent Zone's 'Be Internet Legends' Team is offering a free digital drop-in for parents to help you support your child with their online safety.
This is a 30 minute session which will 'explore how you can help your child share carefully online over the holidays. Get tips on protecting private and personal information, ask a question, share advice or just say hi. Listen in live or watch back later when you have time.
On a similar theme ThinkUKnow have produced a newsletter for parents
about online safety, which can be found here.
Also, new controls have been released by YouTube to give parents better filtering management.
Called 'Supervised Experience' there are now filters for:
Explore - 9+
Explore More - 13+
Most of YouTube - all videos except 18+ (the current Restricted Mode)
YouTube released a handy explainer video which you can link to from your school website or share via your channels. The link is HERE.
Online gaming can offer many positive experiences. It can give children and young people the chance to escape into a virtual world, to learn, and to connect with others.
However, there is a risk of children and young people viewing inappropriate content in games and being contacted by adults seeking to exploit them.
This week CEOP have released a new activity pack (Number 8) for parents and carers to share with their children it explores how they can stay safe while gaming:
Click on the age groups below to access the CEOP (thinkUknow) activity pack 8 (online gaming)
Also from CEOP - Gaming : a video guide for parents and carers
Our new video guide and accompanying article, developed in collaboration with The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie), helps parents and carers to understand:
How in-game chat works;
How it might be abused by others, and;
What they can do to help keep their children safe whilst using in-game chat
New DfE Online Safety Support for Parents and Carers
The DfE have released updated guidance to support parents and carers with helping keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice during the Coronavirus crisis. Click on the link below to read the guidance.
New Online Article to support safe use of home assistants
Do you have a home assistant such as Alexa or Echo in your home?
Are you considering purchasing one?
This article helps you think about what is possible, what can go wrong and the decisions you need to make about safe use in the home. Click on the link below to read the article.
It includes information about how young children can make use of them, hidden costs in using them and privacy settings. Use the list of things that can go wrong to help your family agree how your home assistant can be enjoyed safely.
E-Safety Updates Previously Posted
Sharing images online is very popular way to keep in touch BUT can also cause distress and harm.
Watch CEOP's new short e-safety video called "A guide to sharing images for primary children" by clicking here.
CEOP have recently released home activity pack 6 which provides two tasks to help your child stay safe online (see the links below to select the pack for your child's age or) click here to view all the available packs.
Click here to read CEOP's parent helpsheet for key online safety advice, links to CEOP resources, as well as support services which can help you ensure your child is safe. Or watch CEOP's short e-safety video by clicking here.
CEOP write...'With children spending more time on the internet during lockdown,
it's more important than ever for parents and carers and their children to know
the best reporting and support routes, should they be worried about something online.'
Read their ParentInfo article which signposts to reporting, advice and support services available for children and their families.
Use this NSPCC advice to discover how to you could have a conversation with your children about Online Safety. Click here to visit their website.
Healthy Me Diary
Work together with your child to help them to recognise healthy habits when they are online.
There are two versions of the diary which can be downloaded for free:
New Information Summer 2020 - from "Alan Mackenzie's (esafety-adviser)" online update
Click on the titles below to watch videos for Parents on
Click on the age groups below to access the CEOP (thinkUknow) activity packs for children
Fake news has always been a problem, but it's getting so much worse during this pandemic. Google has a nice little lesson for primary children to test their knowledge of fake news and what actions they would take under certain situations. It's free and only takes about 10 minutes.
Or click here to look at the bbc bitesize pages about fake news.
Helping your child stay safe when using the internet is therefore an important part of our computing curriculum.
Please click here to see the e-safety skills covered in each year group from Reception to year 6.
Please click here to visit our "Computing" Curriculum page.
Please click here to visit our "Keeping Safe" Curriculum Page.
Clicking on the links below will allow you to access e-safety information pages for parents and carers.
These are a good starting point for the latest advice on how you can help your child at home to stay safe online.