Almost all of our pupils use the Internet at home and we know that, as parents, it can be difficult to allow children the freedom to develop as responsible individuals while protecting them from the perils and pitfalls of the Internet. Increasingly, even at primary school age, younger people are conducting their social life online so parents need to provide guidance to make sure that their children behave safely and responsibly. Please help your children by following these key recommendations:
Talk regularly with your children about their use of technology and how they communicate with people online
Keep computers and other web-enabled devices in family rooms
The UK Safer Internet Centre offers e-safety tips, advice and resources on how to keep children safe online:
The NSPCC also have an online safety pack which can be found at:
The NSPCC and O2 have also worked together to provide an up to date and simple guide for parents to the most popular social networks, apps and games.
The website link is: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/
Young people and adults too can also be at risk online. Here are some websites that can help to protect anyone online:
Children are taught about Online Safety throughout their time at the school. However, it is an area that benefits greatly from additional input and reinforcement at home. We strongly recommend that parents subscribe to and read Alan Mackenzie’s regular newsletters for parents:
Of course, there is also the number one best-selling book PENGUINPIG book, written by Stuart Spendlow. It aims to deliver a strong message about Online Safety to children between the ages of 3-7. Stuart has also written advice for the Child Protection Company which can be accessed here: http://www.childprotectioncompany.com/CPC/news/tag/stuart-spendlow/
Spilsby Primary Academy has an active Online Safety committee, with wide representation from within the school, who have overall responsibility for online safety.
Mr A Clarke (Headteacher)
Miss J Campling (Class Teacher)
Miss S Ambridge (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Penny Cragg (Designated Safeguarding Lead)
Ms Mel Standbrook (Safeguarding Trustee)
Mr D Bruce (Local Youth Pastor and Trustee)
Mrs G Kedzior (Parent and LAB member)
Mr M Aicken (Parent and LAB member)
Google Internet Safety Workshop
Key Stage 2 were lucky to have representatives from Google in school to deliver a workshop on internet safety- Internet Legends.
The children joined in with the interactive workshop and learnt how to stay safe online.