Online Safety is key to all of the computing lessons taught at Coombe Road Primary School.
Parents/Carers play an equally important part in supporting this learning outside of school. Below are links to some digital resources that we use in lessons that may prove helpful in understanding some of the issues and ways you and your children can stay safe online.
Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose– to help keep children safe in the digital world.
|UK Safer Internet Centre provides advice and support to children and young people, parents and carers, schools and the children's workforce.|
|Parent Info provide expert information to help children and young people stay safe online, for schools to host on their own websites.||ThinkUKnow has excellent advice for parents/carers including how to report online abuse or concerns.|
Do you know what your child is up to on social media?
The answer is they should be doing very little as many social media companies advise you to be at least 13 years old before you can create an account. Creating an account with false information is a violation of their terms. This includes accounts registered on the behalf of someone under 13. As a school we agree with these guidelines and advise parents and carers to do so as well.
If parents choose to allow their children to access social media it is important they are aware of the terms and laws surrounding these cyber networks.
‘Trolling’ (also known as cyber bullying or Internet-bullying) is the anti-social act of causing personal conflict and controversy online. Trolling is recognised as deliberately inflicting hatred, bigotry, racism, or just simple bickering between others. People who partake in ‘trolling’ are known as ‘trolls’ and they use any environment where they are allowed to make public comments, such as blog sites, social networks (like Facebook® and Twitter®), news sites, discussion forums, and game chat.
Trolling is an offence
Persons engaging in Internet trolling are immediately committing an offence under the Malicious Communications Act. The Malicious Communications Act states:
- Any person who sends a letter, electronic communication or article of any description to a person that conveys a message that is indecent or highly offensive, a threat or false information. If the reason for that communication was to cause distress or anxiety to the recipient or to any other person, then the sender is guilty of an offence.
- This includes mobile phones and the Internet (any form of electronic communication).
- The offence occurs whether those targeted actually receive the message or not.
All social media sites have systems in place to report ‘trolling’ directly to the company.
If you decide to allow your child to use social media please ensure that you monitor what your child is doing.
Safety Net is a local organisation that works with communities to improve the safety and well-being of children, young people and families, at home, school and in their neighbourhoods. Their website has some great resources for parents, carers and children to help stay safe online.
Click here to link to their excellent Safety Net Kids site.