Children at Heath Hayes Academy use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. Technology enhances learning, and we at Heath Hayes Academy want to ensure pupils get the most from it, by encouraging responsible online behaviour.
In school, we use a filtering system to prevent children accessing inappropriate sites. We also have regular ‘e-safety’ activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep you safe online:
Keep your computer in a shared area: Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
Facebook/Whatsapp/TikTok/Instagram:Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them.
The Thinkuknow website provides parents and children of all ages with the information that they need to stay safe online.
Through the childnet website, parents and carers can find invaluable information concerning online safety. Childnet resources will help you to understand the issues, set up parental controls on the internet services in your home and even provide conversation starters to help you talk about online safety with your child.
Because it is difficult to keep up to date with all the latest in social media and online gaming, the NSPCC has developed the net aware tool. If you follow this link and type in the name of any social media site, net aware will tell you all you need to know about it.
Safer Internet Day 2018
Safer internet day seeks to bring together parents and children to raise awareness of the risks children face online. Last year they were able to get their message across to 2.8 million children and 2.5 million parents.
Hector’s World is a series of fun and engaging cartoons that teach 5-7 year old children all about how to stay safe online.