At Boughton-under-Blean & Dunkirk Methodist Primary School, we take online safety extremely seriously. It is the right of all children to feel safe and secure when using technology.
Our Online Safety Squad take the responsibility for raising the profile of online safety and supporting other children across the school. Each year we select and train Year 5 pupils for this role.
We participate in Safer Internet Day each year and keep parents abreast of what we have been discussing in school.
1. Put yourself in control
Make use of the parental controls on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. You can find out how at your broadband provider’s website or by visiting internetmatters.org.
2. Search safely
Use safe search engines such as swiggle.org.uk or kids-search.com. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines as well as YouTube. You can find out more at google. co.uk/safetycentre.
3. Agree boundaries
Be clear what your child can and can’t do online – where they can use the internet, how much time they can spend online, the sites they can visit and the type of information they can share. Agree with your child when they can have a mobile phone or tablet.
4. Explore together
The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about it. Encourage them to use devices in communal areas so you can see what sites they’re visiting and share with them.
5. Check if it’s suitable
The age ratings that come with games, apps, films and social networks are a good guide to whether they’re suitable for your child. The minimum age limit is 13 for several social networking sites, including Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.
Teach your child some simple rules
Tips for a meaningful conversation
For further tips and advice about how to talk to your child about their online life please click here.
Please also see the helpful parents guides for apps and games that some of our children are using and playing (links below).
You can read information on internet safety in our Online Safety Policy below.