Internet Safety and your child
The internet has become an important part of our lives. A world has opened up which offers many positive opportunities. Children at Hillside use the Internet on a regular basis to enhance their learning and we want to ensure that pupils get the most from it, by encouraging sensible behaviour. In school we have a filtering system to prevent children accessing inappropriate sites. We also have regular ‘E’-Safety activities and assemblies to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
Some children use Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, which can be accessed via iPod Touch, iPad and laptops. Be warned that these sites have a minimum age of 13. On our Learning Platform ‘The Hub’ we have a safe chatroom and blogging, this is constantly monitored and can only be used by logging in.
Here are some useful tips to keep your child safe on-line:
• Keep the computer in a shared area so it is easy to monitor the sites your child is using.
• Discuss on-line safety with your child especially about not giving out personal details.
• Ensure that they know the people they talk to on-line in their real life.
• Do not let your children have webcams or allow them to ‘Facetime’ in their bedrooms.
• Talk to your child about posting photographs online.
• Encourage your child to tell you if they feel uncomfortable, upset or threatened by anything they see on-line.
Here are some useful sites which promote safe Internet use for children.