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How to Keep your Child Safe Online

How to Keep your Child Safe Online

Advice and guidance for parents and carers

Being online and connected via the internet using a range of devices is such a big and important part of children's lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to a world of information and experiences.  These are growing ever a real felt life experiences with the creation of the Metaverse, virtual and augmented reality 
Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or a (smart) mobile phone or tablet, children and young people are accessing the Internet whenever they can and wherever they are.  We have gone from can I have a drink please to can I have your wifi, please?
As you would protect your child in the real world, you still need to make sure that your children are safe whatever they are doing whilst online.  It is also your responsibility to be aware of what they are doing online. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are theirs for life. If your child understands the dangers they can make sensible and informed choices online.  Meaning they can get the most from the Internet and stay safe whilst doing so - particularly from those people who might seek to harm them.
Here at King Solomon School, our network is monitored, meaning we can keep our pupils and staff safe from inappropriate behaviour, cyberbullying and computer misuse whilst at school or using a school device.  Inappropriate words, actions and websites are all caught using a screen photograph, and username.  The individual attached to that username will need to have a learning conversation regarding online behaviour and a verbal warning.
We are a no-smart device/mobile school.  This is so we can all keep safe, images cannot be taken at school, and we can greatly reduce child-on-child abuse and cyberbullying.  If you need to contact your children, you need to call the school reception or email the school.
We are aware that technology is moving faster than we can match and children are going to ahead of use however please find below some links to guide you on how to better keep your children safe online at home and on their devices.
This section gives a brief outline of popular sites your child may want to access and what they do.
Facebook is a social network, which lets you create a page about yourself. You can add friends, share pictures and videos, write on people’s pages, send instant messages and join online groups. Twitter is a messaging service that lets you post public messages called tweets. These can be up to 140 characters long. As well as tweets, you can send private messages. Brands and companies can also have Twitter accounts. Snapchat is an app that lets you send a photo or short video to your friends. The ‘snap’ appears on screen for a matter of seconds before disappearing. There’s also a feature called Snapchat Story that lets you share lots of snaps in a sequence for up to 24 hours.

Instagram is a picture and video sharing app. Users can post content and use hashtags to share experiences, thoughts or memories with an online community. You can follow your friends, family, celebrities and even companies on Instagram. YouTube is a place to watch, create and share videos. Videos can include things like music, animation, online blogs and clips from TV shows. You can create your own YouTube account, create a music playlist, and even create your own channel, which means you will have a public profile, and it allows you to comment on videos and create video playlists. TikTok is a free social media app that lets you watch, create, and share videos often to a soundtrack of the top hits in music right from your phone. And just like YouTube, Tik Tok is an interactive world of videos that lets you connect with friends and admirers through likes, comments, and even duets.
Discord is a group-chatting app originally built for gamers, but it has since become a general-use platform for all sorts of communities.
For more information regarding these and other websites please click on the information icon above.