Think Before You Scare!

There have been some scary things reported on the internet recently. I’m sure you’ll have heard about some of them. Did you know most people don’t see the actual scary thing they are talking about, they just see the media reports about it? This can cause a hype and interest that doesn’t need to happen and means more people see it than need to, especially our young children.

We won’t always share information with you about specific online safety scares because we don’t want to make the problem worst and alert our children to something they would otherwise be unaware of. Please continue to share your concerns with us and we will speak to the children appropriately and in general about what to do if they see anything scary online. We will continue to advise you to ALWAYS speak to your child/ren about what they do online. This is the best way to keep them safe. 

You can find out more about Think Before you Scare on this SWGfL post about Online Safety Alerts.  

Don’t forget you can share concerns with your child’s class teacher, by using the online safety email address below to contact the in school Online Safety Team or report it directly to CEOP 

Talking about Online Safety-NSPCC advice

Talking to your children can be hard, especially about their online activities. They can often talk about things you know nothing about and you don’t know how to respond to them. This only gets more difficult as they children get older and explore different areas of the online world.

The NSPCC has released some information to help you talk to your child and start those sometimes difficult conversations.

You can find the whole article by clicking on this link.

Talking to your child about staying safe online

There is information about:

  • Exploring apps and sites together.
  • Getting online safety advice.
  • Asking them about things they might have seen which make them feel uncomfortable.
  • Talking about how they can stay safe online.
  • Finding out how safe are the sites, apps and games they use?
  • Reassuring them you won’t overreact- you’re just looking out for them.
  • Being share aware- talk about what its ok and not ok to share online.
  • What to do if you’re worried about your child online.
  • Speaking to experts in O2 stores.

Remember, its important to talk to your child about their online activities and what they do. They won’t necessarily come to you with their worries. When we asked the children in school even the youngest Nursery children said they wouldn’t tell a grown up if they had a problem for fear that their device would be taken off them.

Online Safety from NSPCC and O2

The NSPCC and O2 have joined forces to help keep kids safe online.

While we all know the internet is a wonderful resource and we can all benefit greatly from it we also need to be aware of the dangers and talk to children to support and protect them.

You can find out more information about your children are actually doing online and find out the pros and cons of each activity and social network.

Click on the link to find out more

Also as part of the information you can visit Net Aware and stay up to date with social networks and other activities. These are just some of the apps children are using- do you know what they are all called and what children do on them? By clicking on the Net Aware link here you can find out about all of them and many, many more.

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As always, please talk to your children about what they are doing online and if you have any concerns refer them to your child’s class teacher or other member of school staff who will be able to help.

The NSPCC website also has a phone number you can call for advice and help. The section on the website says:

O2 & NSPCC online safety helpline 

Some issues are easier to talk through. So we’ve set up a free helpline to help you keep children safe online.

You can get advice from our experts on anything you’re not sure about, including:

    • setting up parental controls on your computer or other devices
    • help adjusting privacy settings
    • understanding social networks
    • concerns about online gaming”

The phone number is 0808 8005002 

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Parental Restrictions on Xbox 360

We had a parent ask us about keeping their child safe on their Xbox after they innocently purchased a game without parent permission.

There are lots of things you can do to limit the things your child can do on their Xbox 360. (This is information about the Xbox 360. The settings are different for an Xbox One if you have this device)

You can set up Parental Controls on your Xbox 360 to customise the access you give your children to games, films and television content. Console controls are located in Family Settings or Family Centre area on your console dependent on your setup.

Click here to see the Parental Controls information from Xbox on how to set your console up to protect your child. 

You can also use the Privacy Settings to support your child and change the online safety and privacy settings for yourself and your child. You can set up different settings for yourself to your child linked to your gamertag. Children and  teens are restricted from making changes to their own  privacy and online safety settings. You do this by using the My Account. There are default settings for children dependent on the birthdate you give when creating the account. For example if you set up a child account they will not be able to accept friend requests, purchase, communicate by video, browse the web. The teen account allows a few more things more appropriate for older children but still do not give them full access.

Click here to find out how to change your child’s privacy and online safety settings.

It may take some time to set these up, especially if you’re setting them up for lots of different people in your house, but the time taken now will have massive benefits for your children in the long run and ensure they are safe and protected online.

Restrictions on an iPad or iPhone

Do you worry about what your child can access on their Apple devices such as iPads, iPod Touch and  iPhones? Did you know you can limit what they are able to see and do on these devices?

Turning Restrictions (or Parental Controls) on means you can limit the content your children can see, including explicit content, and you can prevent them from downloading new apps and purchasing in-app purchases by adding a Passcode which you do not share with your children.

Click here to read the Apple information about how to use Restrictions


Safer Internet Day 2016 for Parents and Carers


We started Safer Internet Day with a Parent and Carer session at Breakfast Club. Miss Parker talked to our families about staying safe on the internet and shared the Acceptable Use Policies the children have been signing in school.

A common topic of conversation was whether or not families had Parental Controls on their Internet provider settings. Most knew about them but not everybody did. Another common theme was that most children did not go on computers but they access the internet at home through tablets and phones.

There were questions out and about around the room for Parents and Carers to consider. This sparked a few more conversations.


“I’ve got Parental Controls set up already, they can spend a fortune if not.” Y3 parent/carer

“I’m going to go home and sort out my SKY.” Y1 parent/carer

“He did that once, spent money. Its all on now (Parental Controls).” Y2 parent/carer

“She’s not got a phone. She wants one but she’s got a tablet.” Y3 parent/carer

“I’ve taken a picture of the blog and will look later.” YR parent/carer

“She doesn’t go on the computer much but she’s always on her tablet.” Y3 parent/carer

We also shared this blog at the session to broaden awareness of ESafety and its ongoing presence in our school year.

Parents and Carers also received a Newsletter at hometime with some key ESafety messages. This also gave information about the blog and how it could help families find out information about keeping safe online.

February 2nd was the record day for hits on the blog with 48% of all views coming after school that day!


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