The internet is a truly wondrous place, full of opportunities to discover and learn, create and connect with people from all walks of life. Sadly however, as we have seen in the news more recently, without the right education and information, the most vulnerable are left open to abuse, sexual exploitation or in the most extreme cases targeted by extremist online recruitment groups.
Mosslands proactively promotes e-safety, digital citizenship and the prevention of cyber bullying; bullying of any form has no place at Mosslands. Students are taught about eSafety at the start of each school year during Key Stage 3 and this theme is repeated throughout each topic. Students are confronted with the harsh reality of issues such as cyberbullying, sexting and child sexual exploitation. We openly consider social media as both a force for both good and bad and students are encouraged to protect themselves from a number of online threats.
During Key Stage 3, students are also visited by the team at Kooth (www.kooth.com), a service from Xenzone, who are leaders of online counselling. Our students discover more about the advice and support on offer and can register for a free online account.
Do you know how to keep yourself and your children safe whilst using the Internet?
Below are a few recommended websites that provide advice and guidance on e-Safety, helping you and your children use the internet responsibly and keeping you and those you care about safe online:
- The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) http://ceop.police.uk/
CEOP works across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and children about internet safety and online safety.
- Think U Know http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Find the latest information on the sites you like to visit and on mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. If you look after young people there’s an area for you, too – with resources you can use in the classroom or at home. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. Go to Think U Know.
- UK Safer Internet Centre http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers
The UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. It is co-funded by the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme. They deliver a wide range of activities that promote the safe and responsible use of technology, providing advice and support.
- Know it all (Childnet International) http://www.childnet.com/resources/kia
Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. Working directly with children and young people from the ages of 3 to 18, parents, carers, teachers and professionals they find out about real experiences, and share the positives as well as online safety advice.
The following section provides parents with advice and guidance to help protect your children online when accessing the internet from home
The “Big 4” UK internet service providers provide customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. Here they have come together to produce some helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider.
Find out more about the safety features available on the most popular social networks through this link:
Parents’ Guide to Technology
This guide has been created to answer common questions about some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.
National Online Safety
Here you will find the most up to date guides for social media apps and platforms. Click on the icons below to find out more information about each app and to download our useful tips to help keep children safe.