Online Safety

Welcome to our online safety page. We aim to provide children, parents and staff with links to the very latest online safety news and information.
NEWS
A school in South Birmingham had a very serious safeguarding this week, involving one of their year 3 /4 pupils using the messaging app KIK. Please be vigilant when pupils are discussing their activities online, particularly when they are talking about sending/receiving messages. I know that sometimes the ‘friendship fallouts’ with KS2 pupils involve messages sent from devices at home. Most of these apps have a 13+ age restriction so none of our children should be using them, but many are. Guide to KIK can be found here – KIK Guide
Below is the latest advice from UK Safer Internet Centre

What are the issues?

The internet – on the whole  an inspiring and positive place

The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices.

However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge.

You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills than you do, however children and young people still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.

Issues that your child may encounter on the internet will vary depending on their age and online activities. We have grouped potential online risks into these 4 categories.

Conduct: children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information

Children need to be aware of the impact that their online activity can have on both themselves and other people, and the digital footprint that they create on the internet. It’s easy to feel anonymous online and it’s important that children are aware of who is able to view, and potentially share, the information that they may have posted. When using the internet, it’s important to keep personal information safe and not share it with strangers. Discuss with your child the importance of reporting inappropriate conversations, messages, images and behaviours and how this can be done.

Content: age-inappropriate or unreliable content can be available to children

Some online content is not suitable for children and may be hurtful or harmful. This is true for content accessed and viewed via social networks, online games, blogs and websites. It’s important for children to consider the reliability of online material and be aware that it might not be true or written with a bias. Children may need your help as they begin to assess content in this way. There can be legal consequences for using or downloading copyrighted content, without seeking the author’s permission.

Contact: children can be contacted by bullies or people who groom or seek to abuse them

It is important for children to realise that new friends made online may not be who they say they are and that once a friend is added to an online account, you may be sharing your personal information with them. Regularly reviewing friends lists and removing unwanted contacts is a useful step. Privacy settings online may also allow you to customise the information that each friend is able to access. If you have concerns that your child is, or has been, the subject of inappropriate sexual contact or approach by another person, it’s vital that you report it to the police via the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (www.ceop.police.uk). If your child is the victim of cyberbullying, this can also be reported online and offline. Reinforce with your child the importance of telling a trusted adult straight away if someone is bullying them or making them feel uncomfortable, or if one of their friends is being bullied online.

Commercialism: young people can be unaware of hidden costs and advertising in apps, games and websites

Young people’s privacy and enjoyment online can sometimes be affected by advertising and marketing schemes, which can also mean inadvertently spending money online, for example within applications. Encourage your children to keep their personal information private, learn how to block both pop ups and spam emails, turn off in-app purchasing on devices where possible, and use a family email address when filling in online forms.

Online Safety Guide

Your guide to the social networks your kids use – Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today’s digital world. A useful resource from Net Aware.

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

National Safety Online have produced a resource supporting parents and schools in explaining ‘fake news’ to children. You can find it here – Fake news guide

Online Gaming an Introduction to Parents
A Parents Guide to Instagram
A Parents Guide to Snapchat
Netaware  -Everything you need to know about social networks your kids use.
You can easily find age ratings, parent and child reviews and how likely it is that a child could find inappropriate content. Download the app today for mobile devices, so you’ll always have help keeping children safe online wherever you go.
UK Safer Internet Center have published this useful article on the security and safety settings on Instagram. Read more here
Have you ever left an online comment you regret? Sometimes you might be a cyberbully without realising. Try the CBBC quiz; Are you an accidental cyber bully.
This is a great parody video of the One Direction song to share with kids about how to keep your details safe online and who do you share your personal information with.
Child Safety Online- A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media
Link through to the guide here.

Report Online Safety Concerns

If you have an online safety concern, or someone has acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know, report it.

Report it

Our pupils should in the first instance talk to a responsible adult.  This may be your teacher, a member of staff or your parent or carer.  Parents are encouraged to come into school to speak to one of our designated leaders for Online Safety (named below) with any concerns you may have or email enquiry@bnvillej.bham.sch.uk

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Mrs Amanda Richardson – Deputy Head Teacher

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Mr Gary Evans – Assistant Head Teacher

Mrs Sue Webb – Learning Mentor

Key Links for Parents

Childnet

Safer Internet Centre

Common Sense Media

Thinkuknow

Internet Matters

NSPCC Online Safety

CEOP Safety Centre

Childline

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