E-Safety information and advice
At Brightwell cum Sotwell CofE Primary School we are committed to ensuring that pupils are safe when using the internet at School and are keen to support parents/ carers in doing this at home. We ask parents/carers to be interested and supportive when monitoring their children’s use of the internet. This page has been designed to give you information that will support you in this role. When online, children and young people can learn new things, get help with their homework, express themselves creatively and connect with friends and family. There are also risks, but by understanding and talking about the dangers you can help keep your child safe online. Remember, as they grow children are always using the newest apps and social media sites - it is unlikely that they will be using what you use. The NSPCC visits the school and speaks with all children through assemblies and workshops as part of the "Speak out. Stay Safe" programme and Safer Internet Day is celebrated with the messages reinforced throughout the year.
The information provided on this page will provide information and support to ensure that your child stays safe online and you can read more in our Safeguarding Newsletter, April 2021.
Safer Internet Day 2021 - Tuesday 9th February 2021
We have shared our resources for Safer Internet Day on the class Teams page. The Discovery class resources provided by BBC Teach can be accessed here and include a parent and carer guide as well as the link to a pre-recorded lesson and activity sheet . Resources for Worcester class can be viewed here. Childnet resources for Pippin, Bramley and Russet children can be viewed here. The story of Goldilocks, A Hashtag Cautionary Tale, can be viewed here.
Not sure where to start?
Read this - "Five top tips to manage children's screen time"
Key rules for your child
- Think before you send a picture or message about yourself or any other person. It doesn’t take long for it to be shared with every single person you know. What you think of as a joke might be really upsetting for the other person.
- Never give out personal information when it can be shared with others. You may trust your new friends but you don’t know his or her friends.
- Treat your password like your toothbrush – don’t share it with anyone!
- If you receive nasty messages, texts, comments etc, block the person sending them and always report it to an adult (your parent, teacher).
- Don’t reply to a bullying message but do keep it – whether it is a picture, message or online posting.
On Safer Internet Day 2020 the children decided upon their top 5 tips for keeping themselves safe online;
- Don't share personal information online
- Always ask an adult before using the internet
- Think before you "send"
- Don't post anything that might upset someone
- If you see something online that you don't like, tell an adult.
If your child is being cyberbullied
- Make sure your child does not retaliate or reply to cyberbullying messages of any kind
- If you need to, you can help your child to change their contact details (email, online username, mobile phone number).
- Use the security tools on your family’s computer, on websites or on your child’s mobile phone.
- Save evidence of offending emails, text messages or online conversations.
- Report cyberbullying. You can report the incident to school, the website or service provider, and, in serious cases, the police.