At Stoke Hill we deliver key messages about online safety to support children’s understanding of how to keep themselves safe online. These themes are delivered through computing lessons, Jigsaw lessons, assemblies and themed days through partnerships with local Police and PCSOs, the NSPCC and Internet Safety Day. We also know it is essential to work proactively with our parents and families to ensure we share a consistent message between school and home.
- Half of ten-year olds now own their own smartphone
- 70% of 10-15-year olds now have a social media profile, with Snapchat being the most prominent platform in this age group
- Children aged 5-15 now spend over 14 hours a week online, just over two hours a day
Children regularly use different websites and apps from their parents and it can be hard to keep up in this ever-changing digital world.
The things that help keep children safe online are often similar to the things that keep them safe offline.
- Talk about what they think is normal online and what behaviour to expect from others and from themselves.
- Encourage them to think critically and question what they see online. Talk to them about where they go to get information they trust, talk about fake news, fake followers and scams.
- Help them develop a healthy suspicion of whether people are who they say they are.
- Share your knowledge and experience of relationships. For example, sometimes people seem nice at first and then they turn out to be mean.
- Let them know that they can talk to you about it and that you won’t panic or punish them if they do.
The links below will also provide useful information for parents and please remember to read the Newsletters each month as we also include a number of online safety tips there.