The internet is truly amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, it can be hard to know how can you make sure your child is staying safe.
At Our Lady of Muswell Primary School we believe that educating our children about being safe online is very important. We believe that schools, parents and carers should work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers. Learning to act safely when using the internet is an incredibly important part of safeguarding our children.
As part of our Computing curriculum, all children from the Early Years to Year Six follow our online Safety Scheme of Work focusing on identifying some of the risks about being on-line and how to keep themselves safe. As, and when, an issue may arise, that is then used as a teaching point.
If you need to report an Online Safety concern you can contact:
Our Online Safety Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for Parents
At Our Lady of Muswell Primary School, we work closely with National Online Safety and Common Sense Media, who provide a huge catalogue of resources for both at school and home.
National Online Safety
The resources include Parents & Carers courses, online video resources and weekly guides covering a huge range of topics, including: Online Bullying, Live Streaming, Social Media Platforms, Games & Trends and Age-Appropriate Content.
To create your account, please follow https://nationalonlinesafety.com/enrol/our-lady-of-muswell-catholic-primary-school and complete your details. When you’re set up, you’ll be able to set ‘Parent/Carer’ as your user type.
The ‘Certificate in Online Safety for Parents & Carer of Children’ is an excellent course that will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to feel confident and empowered to help keep your children safe online. These courses should take around 30 minutes to complete and are split into bite-size modules.
Common Sense Media
“Together we can build a digital world where our kids can thrive.”
Since 2003, Common Sense has been the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. Every day, millions of parents and educators trust Common Sense reviews and advice to help them navigate the digital world with their kids.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) helps children stay safe online. CEOP says ,'We are here to help and give you advice, and you can make a report directly to us if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online. We take all reports seriously and we will do everything we can to keep you safe.'
The website link below tells you when to make a report, how and what will happen when you do:
Child friendly web browsers will help filter out Adult content. No safe search tools are 100% safe so it is important to talk to your child in the event of them experiencing inappropriate material.
There are many other websites that you can explore with your child which have information and guidance for parents: