Online Safety at Whitehouse Community Primary School
Welcome to the Online Safety page, where you will find information about how to keep you and your children safe online. Online Safety involves making sure that when you and your children are using the internet you are protected from the bad stuff, and that you know what to do if you find any inappropriate content or anything that concerns you.
Online Safety Lead
Mrs Cox is the current Online Safety Lead for Whitehouse Community Primary School. If you have any questions relating to online safety, either for your children or for yourself, she is available to meet after school. Please contact the main office to make an appointment.
Let's Talk About Life Online
This Parents' Guide gives advice on how to begin these discussions, how to work together as a family to support your child online, and how to handle difficult conversations or situations. Each section has examples of questions to use to start conversations around safe and positive internet use, and key messages to share with your child.
Toast Squad Challenges:
The TOAST Squad have been meeting regularly and doing some great work to improve online safety at our school. Each week they choose a challenge to work through and collect evidence for.
Screen Time: The toast squad delivered lessons to al year 5 classes all about screen time and how too much screen time can have a negative impact on your sleep, your health and your relationships. She children carried out a survey and analysed their results. This is what they found:
Congratulations to our new year 5 TOAST squad members 2018-2019:
These children will be completing online safety challenges, leading assemblies and delivering important messages about keeping safe online to the children at Whitehouse.
If you ever have a problem to do with online safety, you can always talk to us!
Online Safety Logo Competition
In December 2017 we launched a Key Stage Two competition to design a new Online Safety Logo. The logo will go onto our Online Safety Display and be used on all Online Safety Letters and posters around the school. We had lots of amazing entries but the winning design came from Miley F in Badgers.
Here is the winning design...
Acceptable use policies:
To be able to use the computers at school, every child from Reception to Year 6 has to agree to a set of rules. This is to keep them safe online, and to make sure that the internet is a safer place for everyone. You will also have been given the chance to sign this (as well as your child) at parents' evening. The policies are available for you to look at below.
Setting up parental controls: this is incredibly quick and easy, and we would recommend that you do it to every digital device in your home. Most internet providers also allow you to do this to your broadband, which means that everything accessing the internet through this is automatically protected. See www.internetmatters.org/controls/interactive-guide which will take you through setting up these controls on most devices. If your device isn’t listed, try searching for a “How to” guide on YouTube – for example, search “How to set up parental controls on a PS4”.
Parent info: this site is kept up to date with all sorts of useful information about current issues affecting children on the internet. For example, do you really know what your child can access with the video games they got for Christmas? http://parentinfo.org/
Want to find some good games or sites for your kids? Common Sense Media provides information about games, websites, apps, films and TV aimed at parents and children - along with reviews from other parents. They also find new apps/websites which are good for you to use to help your children learn. https://www.commonsensemedia.org
Worried about who your child might be talking to online? On the 'Think-u-know' site run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre you can get helpful advice on different services, as well as report concerns around grooming or exploitation: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/