Online Safety at Hatchell Wood
Hatchell Wood Primary provides supervised access to the Internet. We believe that the effective use of the internet is worthwhile and is an essential skill for children as they grow up in the modern world. All children are exposed to an e-safety programme throughout their time in school, accessing age-appropriate messages and content that help them: to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. As a member of The Rose Learning Trust, we have implemented the use of the Gooseberry Planet platform. In addition to this, our school Internet provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.
Online Safety Guidance
Trends in technology and social media can be rapid and we aim to keep you well-informed so that you are aware of these. Click the below links and websites to access guidance. If you wish to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you have, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Bond (Online Safety Lead) or Mr Harris (Designated Safeguarding Lead) via the main office.
Advice and safety tips for parents and carers as well as games and activities for children to learn about internet safety is at
The Police Digital Security Centre (PDSC) has some useful guides about cyber safety aspects of the main apps and sites that young people may come across, available here .
Top Tips for E Safety (Primary Age Children)
- 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.
- Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The Thinkuknow site has films, games and advice for children from five all the way to 16.
- 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. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls
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