TikTok Family PairingIn light of the significant concern around the awful video that went viral on TikTok last week, I thought it would be worth reminding you (and children) that there are a limited number of settings within TikTok that can help to ensure that the children are safe. These settings include:
- Restricted mode - similar to YouTube restricted that tries to prevent certain content from being seen.
- Screentime management -how long children can spend in the app each day.
- Direct messages - restricting who can send the child direct (private) messages, or turn DM's off altogether.
In 2019 we were awarded the e-safety mark. This is an accreditation from the South West Grid for Learning. This award recognises that we provide a high standard of online safety education and awareness for all staff, children and also for parents and carers, and ensure that these users of the new technologies can be safe online.
Look out on our Online Safety Blog and in the school newsletter for more information about what we are doing in school to help us learn how to keep safe on the Internet.
At Bournville Primary School we know how much our children enjoy using IT and how it can help them to learn in lots of ways. We want them to be confident and safe users of the Internet and of new technology as it develops. It’s impossible to avoid the internet today and we wouldn’t want to stop anyone using it as it offers lots of opportunities and information. Our aim has to be teaching children to use it in the safest way possible.
What is Online Safety?
Online Safety refers to child protection and safeguarding of both children and adults in the digital world. It is about learning to understand and use technologies in a safe, positive way, also about supporting children and adults to develop safe online behaviours (both in and out of school). The Internet is part of children’s lives these days. It offers lots of educational opportunities, helps them keep in touch with friends and family and opens up a world of information and experiences. Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a tablet, a games console or mobile phone, children are increasingly accessing the Internet in a variety of ways.
As part of our safeguarding commitment we have developed an online safety committee of staff and governors. As a group we review information and develop safe practices within the school. Part of our role is also to ensure parents are kept informed of school policy.
To reduce the possibility of children accessing undesirable materials our Broadband provider (The South West Grid for Learning) operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. All of our computers are in public view and access is supervised. Children are also taught the SMART rules for using the Internet, in order to help them to stay safe wherever they use the Internet.
The BBC's Own It app helps young people new to social media manage their well-being, whilst empowering children to make smart choices, and helping them to lead a positive life online.
The Own It app and keyboard lets children:
- get advice whenever they type
- track their feelings
- win badges as they reflect
- find help when they need it
- taking quizzes to learn more about themselves
The app also includes a special keyboard to use which offers helpful tips and friendly advice to children when they need it.
The Online Safety committee also wanted to highlight some very useful Online Safety resources available for parents and hope you will explore some of the following sites:
Websites for more information REMEMBER: 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.
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. Well worth a read!
Learning about online safety at home (ThinkUKnow)
ThinkUKnow have created a page to support parents and young people online. The site includes home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities support children's understanding of online safety at a time.
There is also parent support information for primary aged children
Childnet have released six new easy-to-follow videos for parents and children to work through together. The 10 - 15 minute videos offer simple, clear online safety advice using fun activities, games and discussion. There are optional follow-up activities to extend children's learning.
Here are our highlights:
Further help and advice
- For practical support on privacy settings, parental controls and more call our online safety helpline on 0808 800 5002
- Help for children and young people
Call ChildLine on 0800 1111
- Concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online? Contact CEOP
- If you stumble across criminal content on the internet you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation: www.iwf.org.uk