The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children’s. The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of and which we should all act to protect them from. As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our pupils’ development, but always want them to spend their time online safely. As a parent/carer you can play an essential part in ensuring this.
A few simple steps we recommend you follow to help keep them safe:
- Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
- Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
- Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
- Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour's wifi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.
- Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. An excellent checklist on setting up your child's devices e-safely can be found here.
Welcome to the Safer Schools App provided via Zurich Municipal.
Safeguarding children and young people is one of the most important issues facing parents, carers and those responsible for educating and empowering children and young people.
Safeguarding across the school community has become even more complex in the context of children’s access to technology and use of social media.
That is why we have developed the Safer Schools App.
The Safer Schools App is designed for staff, parents/carers and pupils. It helps support and protect children by educating and empowering them at school and at home. Staff, parents/carers and pupils receive tailored content specific to their role. Pupils also receive different content depending on their year group.
Users will also receive school-generated push notifications and updates from the h2b Safer team on keeping children and young people safe.
Key Learning Topics Include:
- Social Media
- Appropriate Use
- Emerging Trends
Message from South Wales Police:
Parents of school-age children are being encouraged to be aware of what their children are doing online. During these unprecedented times, they are spending longer each day on the internet, so never has online safety been more important. Since schools closed, there has been an increase in the number of incidents involving indecent images being requested from, and sent to, children. Please - as a parent - make it your responsibility to ensure your child is as protected as they can be from this threat. Why not make internet safety the subject for a home schooling session before your children return to school? It could the most valuable lesson they’ve had - there are many helpful resources to help you and your child.
- Learn about Sexting
- Advice from Childline
- General Kids Internet Safety advice from South Wales Police partner Get Safe Online
Ydych chi angen siarad gyda'r heddlu ond nad oes angen ymateb brys arnoch? Ffoniwch 101? Gellir defnyddio'r rhif i roi gwybod am achos nad yw'n un brys i unrhyw heddlu yng Nghymru a Lloegr.
Mewn argyfwng, ffoniwch 999 bob amser.
Do you need to speak to police but don't require an emergency response? Call 101? The number can be used to report a non-emergency to any force in Wales and England.
In an emergency, always dial 999.
Mae Heddlu De Cymru yn croesawu derbyn gohebiaeth yn Gymraeg a Saesneg. Byddwn yn ateb gohebiaeth a dderbynnir yn Gymraeg yn Gymraeg ac ni fydd gohebu yn Gymraeg yn arwain at oedi.
South Wales Police welcomes receiving correspondence in Welsh and English. Any correspondence received in Welsh will be answered in Welsh and corresponding in Welsh will not lead to a delay in responding.