VERY useful site for parents/carers from the NSPCC.

Internet Safety

At The Cedars Primary School we follow the SMART rules 

Why is e-Safety important?

As young people are using ICT more and more, learning about e-Safety becomes increasingly important. Rather than blocking their experience of the online world they need to be taught how to be responsible citizens capable of dealing with the issues associated with being online. Methods of communicating using ICT:

  • Mobile phone
  • Email
  • Social networking sites e.g. Club Penguin or Facebook (NOT for under13!)
  • Instant messaging (IM)
  • Online gaming e.g. Playstation 3 or Nintendo Wii
  • File sharing
What are the risks?

Risks can include

  • Viewing inappropriate content
  • Cyber bullying
  • Grooming
  • Viruses
  • Loss of personal information or photos

We make sure our pupils, parents and staff:

  • Understand the technology
  • Know the risks or consequences
  • Change their behaviour to prevent the risks
Teaching E-Safety @ The Cedars

As part of the ICT curriculum at The Cedars Primary School, all children are taught a unit on How to Stay Safer Online at a level appropriate to their age and understanding. It includes knowing what is personal information and the need to keep it safe, who to tell if someone or something makes them feel uncomfortable or worried as well as lessons on cyber bullying, what it is, how to avoid getting involved and where to seek advice. This is revisited throughout the school year in both ICT lessons and PSHE.

What can parents & carers do?
  • Get involved with what your child is doing online and agree SMART rules
  • Discuss what your child should do if they see something they are uncomfortable with or feel they are being cyber bullied
  • Check your internet filter is on so it can reduce inappropriate content
  • Wherever possible, keep computers or use laptops in a room that all of the family uses so it is easier to monitor what your child is doing
  • Ensure webcams are switched off or put away safely so you can monitor when they are being used
  • Show your child how to block contacts they do not want in their email accounts (or ask them to show you)
  • Be aware of text speak and slang such as “PLOS” & “AITR” (which stand for Parent Looking Over Shoulder and Adult In The Room)

Below please find guides and links to some useful websites. They do not hope to cover everything, but provide a start and give links to other on-line guides and help.

A Parent's Guide to Facebook

the legal terms of Facebook states, along with other things, that 

You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.

You will not use Facebook if you are under 13.

We are aware that children may have Facebook accounts and therefore feel it is extremely important that parents know how to try to keep their children safe by having their settings are set to a safe level.

Parent's Guide to Facebook

Digital Parenting Magazine Launched

An online magazine to support all those who use mobile technologies has been launched by Vodaphone.

DIGITAL PARENTING from VodaPhone

Useful Websites

The Parents' and Carers Guide to the Internet
created by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)

watch on You Tube or Vimeo