At Nelson, we are committed to educating our young people to be safe internet users and in supporting parents with this very important skill at home.
The best way to protect children online is to understand the internet and understand what the risks are. There is a lot of information available to parents regarding e-safety available on the internet. Below there is a selection of links to information which may help you to increase your knowledge and understanding of keeping your children safe online. You can also download the school e-safety policy for more information.
Achieving for Children offers an information sheet for parents in the run-up to Christmas. Correctly setting the parental safeguards on children’s internet-connected devices is one of the most useful steps to take in keeping children safer online. Please note: you use it on screen, not on paper, because it works by tapping or clicking on the appropriate icon(s).
In-school support for parents
At the beginning of each school year the Online Safety Co-ordinator presents to all KS2 parents during curriculum mornings; these presentations cover a range of e-safety concerns such as mobile technology and social networking. The parents are invited to contact the Online Safety Co-ordinator through the school office email or by telephone if further support it required. Occasionally RBK child-safety charities and school clusters offer workshops and additional guidance to parents; when these occur the school will ensure the parents are aware of these opportunities.
Resources provided at the curriculum mornings are attached below:
- IM-Toolkit-A4-Posters-10Aug I
- Google safe search.84108871
In-school support for children
The children receive e-safety guidance through their weekly ICT lessons, PSHE and during year group assemblies. They can also discuss any queries and concerns with their class teacher or the E-Safety Co-ordinator. The children will engage in various additional activities to raise and maintain their awareness of internet safety throughout the year such as Safer Internet Day ( more information can be found on the Safer Internet Day website.
The children are encouraged to speak with their teacher immediately if they encounter any material that makes them feel uncomfortable. If there is an incident in which a child is exposed to inappropriate material the school will respond to the situation quickly and on a number of levels which are outlined in the e-safety policy.
What to do if you are concerned?
In the first instance, if you are concerned about any online activity that your child is engaged in or if they have seen something that has made them uncomfortable/is inappropriate please do contact your child’s class teacher or the school’s E-safety Co-ordinator for advice and support.
Alternatively, if you feel your child’s safety is at risk or that they have been made vulnerable online you can use the services of CEOP to support you. CEOP is run by the National Crime Agency and you can report online issues directly to them. Please use the report button below to access this service:
- CEOP’s Think U know parents section
- Chat Danger
- Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
- Cyberbullying DfE advice
- LGFL Esafety at home
- Kids Privacy
- Parents Protect
- Stay safe Online
- Web Wise
Social Media Apps Information
- Facebook privacy settings.84108871
With many children having access to mobile technology at home you may want to teach your child to be safe when text messaging and instant messaging.
Radicalisation and extremism
We recognise our duty to protect children from being radicalised into any form of extreme ideology which may lead to the harm of self or others. We teach children to respect and value the diversity around them, as well as understand how to make safe, well considered decisions. Advice to parents and carers on keeping children and young people safe against radicalization and extremism can be accessed here – download
Channel is a programme which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by:
- identifying individuals at risk;
- assessing the nature and extent of that risk; and
- developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.