Welcome to the Online Safety section of our website. Here you can find information about how to stay safe online, including the safe and responsible use of social media.
Everybody who has access to the Internet could see inappropriate websites and images; be the victim of cyber bullying, or receive spam emails so it is really important that we know how to use technology and the Internet safely. The Internet is also a BRILLIANT resource full of useful information and we have the ability to download music, create websites, enhance learning, read the news, watch videos, write blogs and chat.
At Penwortham Primary School we encourage responsible use of technology and if we are aware of the possible dangers and follow the online safety rules we can stay safe online and have fun.
Along with regular lessons within our Computing and PSHE curriculum, we take part in Safer Internet Day. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre this celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to gain access to social media sites where strangers can virtually enter their homes. It is essential that we know how to stay safe online. If you have any concerns about safety online, please contact the school.
- to keep your computer in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that access can be easily monitored.
- that Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and Snapchat have a minimum age limit of 13
- that games like Halo, COD and Grand Theft Auto are marked 18; they are unsuitable for young children.
Our school community:
- Discusses, monitors and reviews our online safety policy on a regular basis.
- Supports staff in the use of technology as an essential tool for enhancing learning and in the embedding of online safety across the whole school curriculum.
- Ensures that pupils are aware, through online safety education, of the potential online safety risks associated with the use of technology. Additionally, we ensure that all online safety concerns are dealt with sensitively and effectively and that pupils feel able and safe to report incidents.
- Provides opportunities for parents/carers to receive online safety education and information to enable them to support their children in developing good online safety behaviour. The school will report back to parents / carers regarding online safety concerns. Parents/carers in turn work with the school to uphold the online safety policy.
- Seeks to learn from online safety good practice elsewhere.
Information for Parents and Carers
Here is a list of really useful websites, full of information for parents and activities/games for children and families. Please check them yourselves before sharing the links with your child.
Think U Know – containing Internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
Vodafone Parents – Vodafone have lots of fantastic practical advice for parents. You can also read their ‘Digital Parenting’ magazine.
Kidsmart – An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
Know IT All – lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
Bullying UK – Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
Kidscape – An organisation that helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
Childline – Childline is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK
www.net-aware.org.uk – nspcc guide to the social networks that children use.
Share-aware Booklet Childnet – www.childnet.com – A non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
Online Safety Newsletters and Fact Sheets
At the bottom of this page under Files to Download, you will find monthly newsletters which are written to keep you up to date with fast moving changes and safety advice regarding online life. Reading these will keep you up to date with what your children may be using and give you advice, warnings and tips on how to keep them safe.
Below are links to some of the older newsletters, which you may still find relevant.
- Online Safety Newsletter June 2020_Penwortham
- June Update
- Online Safety Newsletter -_Houseparty April 2020
- Online Safety Newsletter – Zoom April 2020
- Online Safety Newsletter April 2020
- Online Safety Newsletter Feb 2020
- Online Safety Newsletter Jan 2020
- Digital Safety Newsletter Dec 2019
- Digital Safety Newsletter Nov 2019
- Digital Safety Newsletter September 2019
- Digital Safety Newsletter July 2019
- Digital Safety Newsletter June 2019
- Digital Safety Newsletter May 2019
- Digital Safety Newsletter April 2019
- Digital Safety Newsletter March 2019
- Digital Safety Newsletter February 2019
- Digital Safety Newsletter January 2019
- Digital Safety Newsletter December 2018
- Fortnite Factsheet
This is a great booklet about Parental Controls to provide your child with a safer online environment. Parental controls can help to protect your child from seeing something that they shouldn’t – although it is important to emphasise that no system is effective all of the time so it is important to engage with your child and talk to them about their online life regularly.
For more support online during Covid-19 please see the following links:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online
- Keeping children happy and safe online during COVID-19
- Social Media Checklists
There are some great games here:
Here are links to useful websites where you can learn more about being safe on the Internet:
Information for Children