Bullying is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Halsford Park Primary School.
Please find below our 'Anti-bullying leaflet for parents and carers', which was written in consultation with our Parents' Forum.
You’ll have seen that the Momo Challenge has resurfaced this week, with news of highly inappropriate videos circulating online, including the splicing of Momo clips into popular games like Fortnite, distressing young people and their parents.
We like the 6 tips for parents given in a recent Huffington Post article; while for children and young people there is invaluable advice from the BBC's Own It site - click on the buttons below for more information.
Advice for pupils
Please find below the E-safety information that had been published in the Autumn and Spring Term 2018.
As parents – or relatives, teachers and other adults responsible to children’s safety – we want our children and those we look after to be healthy and happy … and to develop well both physically and mentally. Above all, it’s also instinctive that we want kids to be safe.
Children learn through exploration and natural curiosity, and it is part of our job as parents and carers to encourage that. However, as our children grow up, develop and discover new experiences, we have to take more and different steps to ensure their safety.
Until their understanding and instincts catch up with their curiosity, our children need to be protected from everyday dangers – whether crossing the road, in and around the home, trying new foods or talking to new people they meet.
And sooner or later … going online.
They’re growing up fast
Depending on the age that your children are now, they may not have yet discovered computers, smartphones or tablets, unless it’s just pressing the buttons! Alternatively, they may already be used to using certain trusted websites or – if they’re older – using social networking sites.
By the time they are older still, they will probably already be ‘online veterans’ who know their way around the internet, apps, games, downloading and social networking with ease. Chances are, they know more about these things than you do. But they almost certainly don’t have the life-experience and wisdom to handle all of the situations they encounter.
Which is why we need a measured approach to keeping our children safe when they’re online.
So what’s changed?
Until relatively recently, most homes had a family computer, on which parents could safely introduce their children to the internet, keep an eye on what they were doing and introduce a degree of monitoring and control using parental software. When children started to get their own computers for doing their homework and playing games, it became more difficult to work with them to ensure they were visiting appropriate websites and not talking to strangers online in the privacy of their bedrooms.
Now, of course, in the age of smartphones and tablets – effectively mini-computers that can be used anywhere – most parents find it a real challenge to not only educate their children in doing the right thing, but monitor and control their online behaviour.
None of us – of whatever age – is immune from encountering problems online, as a look through this website or the daily news will tell you. Our children are certainly at a vulnerable stage in their lives … naturally more trusting than adults and hopefully having been less exposed to the darker side of the internet. They are also not as well equipped to deal with such issues – or their consequences. Some of these potential issues are as follows:
Everyone needs help sometimes … and that’s especially true of parents trying to stay switched-on to their children’s online safety.
Please click on the links on this page to pick up some expert, up-to-the-minute advice.
We’ve prepared some simple checklists to help you keep your kids safe online according to their age group. Click on your child's age to find out more:
For information and advice, and to report concerns directly to The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), click on the report button below. CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency, and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP is here to help young people (up to age 18) who have been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online or in the real world.
Here are some useful links about e-safety:
Tips to help keep children safe - Google SafeSearch.
So many children use Google frequently on either a computer or mobile device. Google SafeSearch can give you some extra peace of mind when your child/ren are surfing the web. To turn on SafeSearch please follow these steps:
1. Visit the Search Settings page.
2. In the "SafeSearch filters" section, check or uncheck
the box next to "Turn on SafeSearch".
3. Click Save at the bottom of the page.
1. Visit the Search Settings page.
2. In the "SafeSearch filters" section, turn on SafeSearch by selecting Filter explicit results. Turn off SafeSearch by selecting Show most relevant results.
3. Touch Save at the bottom of the page.
Tips to help keep children safe - YouTube SafetyMode
Follow these instructions below or go to this web link for a helpful step-by-step guide on setting up YouTube SafetyMode: http://www.bewebsmart.com/safe-search/youtube-safety-mode/
Setting filters on YouTube
YouTube is incredibly popular with children of all ages. The YouTube SafetyMode enables you to choose whether to limit content on YouTube that might not be against YouTube Community Guidelines but even so may be unsuitable for your children. When you opt into YouTube SafetyMode, mature content and age-restricted videos won't show up in search, related videos, playlists, shows and movies. Here's how to do it:
1. Go to safety preferences – at the bottom of any page on YouTube - and click the grey ‘Safety’ button to open the preference setting.
2. Turn SafetyMode ‘on’ or ‘off’ and click ‘Save’. If you turn it on and you have a YouTube account, you can sign in to your account and lock Safety Mode so that no one else can change the settings whenever YouTube is accessed from that browser. Turning on SafetyMode also activates Google SafeSearch.
To lock SafetyMode you need to have a You Tube or Google account.
Setting SafetyMode activates SafeSearch.
You need to be 13 to have a YouTube account.
Spend some time watching YouTube with your children and check out what they like.
Pay particular attention to what is shown in the related video menu when your children search for their favourite videos.
Article extract from: http://parentzone.org.uk/article/setting-filters-youtube