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e-Safety

We live in a time when the internet, social media and apps are commonplace and used by many people. We need to ensure that our children are able to access age appropriate experiences but in a way which safeguards them from harm or being exposed to inappropriate or unacceptable things.

Children need to be taught how to access websites, chat based games etc, and use them responsibly. Children also need to be able to identify when something happens which is concerning and be confident to share their worries with an adult.

At St Lawrence Church of England Primary School we use materials from a variety of internet sites to support the work we do with the children.  These sites have information for children, parents, staff and families which is very useful to share with your children to support their safe use of the Internet.

Online Safety Tips for Parents

Internet Matters have put together a guide for parents on how children can be supported to stay safe online.  You can download the guide HERE

Internet Matters have also put together a presentation for parents on parenting in the digital world, this can be accessed below as a pdf file.

UK Safer Internet have created a family agreement to encourage safer usage of online platforms and an Instagram checklist to help ensure that if your child does have an account it is secure with good privacy settings.  Both of these are available as pdf files below.

Useful Internet sites for searching:
 

Swiggle.org.uk

Swiggle is a child-friendly search engine from the Online Safety experts at SWGfL. Designed to make searching the internet for images or content more than just a bit hit and miss. Swiggle can help you with your first steps on the road to better online searching.

Swiggle can be used on computers in school, and at home.

Find out more here: https://swiggle.org.uk

Kiddle

Kiddle is another 'child-friendly' search engine from America.

https://www.kiddle.co

Ditto

Please find the latest edition of DITTO E-safety magazine here:

https://www.esafety-adviser.com/latest-newsletter/

Please note - there are a lot of children talking about playing 'Fortnite' at home. Be advised that this is has a PEGI rating if 12 years and is not suitable for children under the age of 12 due to the violence within the game.

Another online game which is growing in popularity amonst children is the online game Among Us, please be aware the game does have a PEGI rating of 7 and is therefor unsuitable for anyone below this age.  For more information to help your child stay safe whilst playing it, please follow the below link.

https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/news-blogs/is-among-us-multiplayer-game-safe-for-children/

Please check your child's usage of the internet and take action accordingly.