At Palm Bay Primary School, we recognise the essential and important contribution that technology plays in promoting children’s learning and development. We also recognise that there are potential risks involved when using online technology and therefore have developed online safety policies and procedures alongside the school’s safeguarding measures.
The school takes responsibility for your child’s online safety very seriously and, as such, we ensure that pupils are educated about safe use of technology and will take every reasonable precaution to ensure that pupils cannot access inappropriate materials whilst using the school equipment.
The school’s policies for Online Safety and Acceptable Use can be found [here]. There are some useful documents in there to support you with talking about internet use with your son/daughter.
A copy of the recent parent workshop presentation is below:
With the recent developments with regards to Covid-19 and with a move towards children engaging in Distance and online Learning we would like to further support you in maintaining safe practices when your children are using the internet.
We would advise the following:
- Ensure that your child is supervised when using the internet – make sure that your child is using any devices in a location where you can observe, or check in with what they are doing.
- Use any parental controls available within web-browsers (see weblink below for advice and guidance).
- Set parental controls on You Tube (see weblink below for advice and guidance).
- Ensure that your child knows what to do if they open something that is not appropriate
- You can download Hector the Dolphin so that if something pops up on the screen, your child can use the dolphin to cover the page until you can look at it.
- Teach your child how to minimize the window or turn off the monitor until you can look at it.
- Talk to your child about their internet use in a positive way.
- Use the websites recommended by school.
- Set favourite tabs of preferred sites in your web browser, so that your child can go directly to those sites.
- Ensure that your child takes plenty of breaks from their devices.
The following websites have some really useful parent guides for a range of devices and websites, along with other useful information:
- Internet matters – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware – for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- Parent info – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow – for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre – advice for parents and carers