e-safety

At St Ambrose, children use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular ‘e-safety’ activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.

At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.

Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:

Keep your computer in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.

Facebook / Instagram – Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them.

A Digital Parenting Magazine will be available to read online here at ‘Digital Parenting Magazine’.

Some links to more information:

  • CBBC Stay Safe – Learn how to stay safe online the fun way with Hacker and Dodge, the Dixi crew, Bobby Lockwood, the Horrible Histories gang and more!
  • Think U Know – Containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
  • Internet Safety Zone – Look in the ‘Under 13s’ section for useful safety advice and information.
  • Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
  • Know IT All – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
  • Bullying UK – Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
  • Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
  • Childline – ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.

Safer Internet Day 2017

Safer Internet Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday 7th February, 2017 with the theme ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’. Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

The campaign continues to grow from strength to strength, and for SID2016 an incredible 1,140 organisations got involved in supporting the day.

The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk.

Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

Just as the whole school played our part for a better internet by taking part in the global celebration for ‘Safer Internet Day’ on 9th February 2016, we will again be carrying out activities in class to help learn more about staying safe online.

More details to follow nearer the time!

Mr Stinchcomb
ICT and Computing Co-ordinator