At Hanwell Fields we recognise that our pupils are becoming more and more computer savvy and as such need to have a good knowledge of how to stay safe on the internet. In each year every class is taught a dedicate e-Safety module. in addition this, within day-to-day teaching, frequent reference is made to using the internet appropriately and safely.
It is important to ensure that parents feel confident to help protect their children on the internet and as such, each year, our technology partners from United Learning run a e-Safety workshop for parents. To find out when our next workshop is then please contact the school office.
If you would like to get more information about e-Saftey then please click here for a list of helpful websites.
e-safety is a term which means not only the internet but other ways in which young people communicate using electronic media, e.g. mobile phones,ipads etc.
Advice and Guidance
The following advice and guidance is provided in association with Childnet.
The internet – Forever changing
Keeping up to date with children’s use of technology is challenging for many adults. It can be hard to supervise what young people are viewing and creating online, who they are chatting to and texting, and what they are downloading.
Many children may have better technical skills than you; however they still need advice and protection when using internet and mobile technologies.
This page is designed to help you to understand online safety issues and give you practical advice as you talk to your children so they can get the most out of the internet and use it positively and safely.
So what are the risks?
The risks for children when using the internet and mobile phones include inappropriate:
CONTACT: Potential contact from someone online who may wish to bully or abuse them.
It is important for children to remember that online friends may not be who they say they are, no matter how long they have been talking to them or how friendly they seem. Children must keep personal details private and agree not to meet unsupervised with anyone they have only contacted via the internet. It’s also important that you discuss with your child who they can report inappropriate conversations to and how.
CONTENT: Inappropriate material is available to children online.
Consider using filtering software and agree ground rules about what services you are happy for your children to use. Give them strategies for dealing with any content they are not comfortable with – such as turning off the computer screen. There can also be legal consequences of copying copyrighted content. Young people need to be aware that plagiarising content and downloading copyrighted material without the author’s permission is illegal.
COMMERCIALISM: Young people’s privacy can be invaded by aggressive advertising and marketing schemes.
Encourage your children to keep their personal information private, learn how to delete pop-ups and block spam emails, and use a family email address when filling in online forms.
Can’t I just use a filter?
Filtering and monitoring software can help to block a lot of inappropriate material but they are not 100% effective and are no substitute for adult involvement and supervision.
For more advice see:
Social networking and blogging
Social networking sites or blogs are places online where young people can create personalised web-pages in order to express themselves and share ideas and opinions with others. The sites enable them to meet and socialise online by linking to other sites and therefore create an environment for the whole of their social network to easily exchange information and chat.
What are the risks?
Personal information and contact details can be contained in a profile or could be disclosed during online conversations. Such information can lead to children and their social network receiving unwanted contact from inappropriate people. Children can also post comments or images of themselves or others online, which may compromise their or their friends’ safety or be used as a means to bully others.
What can you do?
Learn from and teach children how to use these applications responsibly. Check the privacy preferences available and insist children make their blogs accessible only to people known offline. Encourage young people to keep their personal information to a minimum and think very carefully before including a personal photograph of themselves or their friends in their profile. Photos online can easily be copied, changed and used elsewhere, and can potentially stay online forever.
For further information visit: www.childnet-int.org/blogsafety
Filtering of the Internet at Hanwell Fields Community School
Filtering isn’t here to stop your fun; what it can do is make sure that things you don’t want to see are stopped before they reach your screen.
Sometimes websites contain pictures or information that are not suitable for children. So make sensible decisions about what you search for online.
Making the right choices when you’re online...
Tell someone if you see something that worries you. There’s a lot of information online and not all of it is for children and young people. You might be surprised to hear that some things online are illegal!
If you ever come across something you think you shouldn’t have seen make sure you tell someone about it.
Resources for Primary Students
Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1
Hector’s World which is part of the Thinkuknow website, created by CEOP. Hector’s world is very child friendly and plays short cartoons showing children how to be safe on the internet. There are also games to play.
Key Stage 2
Visit the CBBC ‘Stay Safe’ site. Test your internet safety knowledge with Hacker, listen to some Stay Safe songs with Helen Skelton, News Kids On the Block and Bobby Lockwood and get some tips from the Horrible Histories gang.
Another good resource to use is from KnowITALL by Child net International. The Smart Crew go on a series of adventures and learn all about internet safety. The cartoon clips are quite short and get the message accross really well. There are also some great FREE leaflets and DVD's on this website for parents about social networking sites and how to keep their children safe whilst online at home.