Keeping your child safe online
ICT in the 21st Century has an all-encompassing role within the lives of children and adults. New Internet and online technologies are enhancing communication and the sharing of information.
Current and emerging Internet and online technologies used in school and, more importantly in many cases, used outside of school by children include:
- The Internet – World Wide Web
- Instant messaging (often using simple web cams) e.g. Instant Messenger)
- Web based voice and video calling (e.g. Skype)
- Online chat rooms
- Online discussion forums
- Social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Whatsapp)
- Blogs and Micro-blogs (e.g. Twitter)
- Podcasting (radio / audio broadcasts downloaded to computer or MP3/4 player)
- Video broadcasting sites (e.g. YouTube)
- Music and video downloading (e.g. iTunes, Spotify)
- Mobile phones with camera and video functionality
- Smart phones with e-mail, messaging and internet access
Guidance for parents
At St Alfege with St Peter's we want to ensure parents are equipped with the knowledge they need to help them keep their children safe whilst they are online.
There are a number of organisations specifically set up to support schools and parents with online safety. Some of these are listed below.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)
Childnet - Aa non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
National Safety Online - Provide educational resources to support UK schools to educate the whole school community in Online Safety.
Think U Know - An education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.
National Online Safety produces useful guidance to parents, some of which are below.