Online Safety

Last updated - 8th February 2021

Safer Internet Day 2021 is on Tuesday 9th February. During the week, children will view virtual assemblies and take part in class activities to help them learn how to stay safe online and use the Internet in a positive way. At home, you may also wish to look at the BBC 'Live lesson' available from 11am. We will be virtually displaying children's work from Safer Internet Day 2021 very soon!

The assemblies for Years R-2 and 3-6 are below...

 


Our children use the internet much more than previous generations and the safe use of the internet brings many challenges for parents and schools.Current advice (February 2021) for parents and carers from Dorset Police Safer Schools and Communities Team (SSCT) is available here (or at the bottom of this page).

The following links are also a useful starting place for specific issues.:

  1. Do you have questions about online safety? Look at the NSPCC website or contact the NSPCC phone helpline on 0808 8005002.
  2. Did you know you can set up age appropriate parental controls on your home broadband? Find out more.
  3. Ensure your children are using appropriate websites, apps and gamers using age ratings and review sites such as Common Sense Media or for games PEGI game rating or Ask about games
  4. Do you and your children understand the risks of livestreaming? Find out more from ThinkUKnow
  5. What should you do if your child sees something upsetting online? Follow the advice on UK Safer Internet Centre blog.
  6. How many hours a day do you think is acceptable for your child to be on devices? Find out more from Childnet
  7. How well do your young people know their contacts on their social networking sites, games or their media? Keep talking to them about who they communicate with … Not sure where to begin – Check out these conversation starter tips from Childnet
  8. Download the termly Online Safety Newsletter for Parents produced by Dorset Police Safe Schools & Communities Team.
  9. Looking for good online safety information for your 9 to 12-year old? Try the BBC #OwnIt website or app for lots of different articles, videos and ideas to help your child navigate the online space safely
  10. Does your child need advice and support after being bullied online? Look at StopSpeakSupport or Childline
  11. Do you have a child using Tik Tok? This app can be fun, but there are risks. Find out more in the parent guide from ParentZone
  12. How do you encourage your child or young person away from their screens and be more engaged in family time?  For ideas visit the FID

 


The 2021 edition of 'Digital Parenting' magazine from Vodafone is also an excellent, accessible resource. It can be downloaded from here. or by clicking the index page below. Hard copies will be sent out to all parents of children in years 3 to 6 in the near future. Look out for them in book bags! Aside from the magazine, the whole Vodafone Digital Parenting site is well worth a visit for current information and advice.