Online Safety for our Children

Each Half Term every child in Key Stage 1 & 2 at St Giles are taught about online safety. With half term approaching we are sharing a Blog with you that we wrote about online safety we posted earlier this year. The children of St Giles are extremely computer literate, some attending Code Club and learning how to write computer Code. All children use the internet, at school, for online learning and research for their Topics. We are very proud of their level of IT competency. We hope you enjoy this Blog and it would be great to hear about your online safety at home.

Year 5 & 6 getting the latest Online Safety Training

After School Code Club Members

How could we live without our smartphones, laptops, and other devices that allow us to go online? That's how most of us keep in touch with friends and family, take pictures, do our homework, do research, find out the latest news, and even shop.

Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February. At St Giles School, as part of each half term’s ICT lessons, at least one ICT Lesson is dedicated to online safety. Children play Xbox, have tablets, ipads, laptops, Smart Phones and download apps.

We have very open discussions about what we all do online in school during these lessons. Here we have put information to start the discussion about online safety.

Xbox and Consoles

Some of our children play Xbox online and so parents and carers you need to know who is connecting with your children. An Xbox session, playing online games can be great fun playing with real life friends but the language of a group of 20 year olds playing FIFA isn’t an appropriate online environment for a child.

Do you really know who is joining your children while they are playing on their Xbox?

How a parent can change the privacy and online safety settings for a child account on the Xbox

Limiting access for children Playstation 4

Social Media

Social media services like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat require account holders to be at least 13 years-old. In the real world we know our children have these accounts but we also know the privacy settings on their accounts aren’t always secure and private. After talking about this in the Upper Juniors one child asked if we could show them how to make their Facebook account private. That particular account was open for the whole world to see.

It's easy enough for a child to lie when signing up for Facebook etc, and proof of ID is rarely sought. One child had set up an online profile and said they had said they were 32. They hadn’t realised that if they had lied about their age other people connecting with them may be lying too and perhaps for more sinister reasons.

Parents’ guide to the latest social media and instant messaging trends

Privacy

We discuss with the children about privacy and tell them to remain as anonymous as possible. That means keeping all private information private. Here are some examples of private information that you should never allow the public to see:

  • your full name

  • any type of photograph (even of your pet!)

  • your current location (some phones have automatic GPS apps built in that may need to be turned off)

  • home or school address or the address of any of your family or friends

  • phone numbers

  • passwords

  • names of family members

  • credit card numbers

Here is a great video that explains to the Infants and younger Juniors the importance of learning how to use their computers safely.

Here is a very powerful video, for the older Junior aged children about from CEOPs Thinkuknow education programme that helps children to understand what constitutes personal information.

Cyberbullying

Are you aware of all these Common Forms of Cyberbullying?

  • Flaming and Trolling – sending or posting hostile messages intended to “inflame” the emotions of others

  • Happy-Slapping – recording someone being harassed or bullied in a way that usually involves physical abuse, then posting the video online for public viewing

  • Identity Theft/Impersonation – stealing someone’s password and/or hijacking their online accounts to send or post incriminating or humiliating pictures, videos, or information

  • Photoshopping – doctoring digital images so that the main subject is placed in a compromising or embarrassing situation

  • Physical Threats – sending messages that involve threats to a person’s physical safety

  • Rumor Spreading – spreading gossip through e-mail, text messaging, or social networking sites