At Lode Heath, we take online safety very seriously. Each year group are taught different aspects of online safety, tailored to the age and understanding of the children and broaden in depth and scope as they ascend through the school. Topics covered include safely accessing the internet, the reliability of sites and how to assess this reliability, raising awareness of what we share online, looking at our internet behaviours, email, passwords, digital footprints and reporting procedures for unsafe content. It is our belief that, students should be knowledgeable and provided with opportunities to develop their ‘Digital Resilience‘, thus empowering them to make informed choices as digital citizens in the wider world.
Staff at Lode heath treat Child and Online Safety with the highest of importance. In addition to the learning in school, the continued learning at home (outside of the managed environment of school systems where children are exposed to a much larger world) is vital. Please find below resources to help with keeping your child safe within the context of online apps and social media. It is a priority that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect and that we promote explicitly the importance of living well together as a school and the wider community so that everyone has an opportunity to live life in all its fullness. We will regularly update the below resources and use the school synergy system to provide you with up to date and relevant advice and support.
If you are experiencing any issues or concerns online or are worried about a child or young person, you must seek help immediately. Depending on the type of issue you need support with you may need to contact different providers. Please click here to find the most direct means of reporting and accessing help.
Deciding what’s appropriate for children to see online
The online world gives us access to a huge amount of information and services, but the scale of information available also means that there is content that is inappropriate for children. What is or isn’t appropriate is up to individual parents and carers to decide, and could be based on things like age, ability, beliefs, and family values.
What are parental controls?
Parental controls allow you to block and filter upsetting or inappropriate content. They work across your Wi-Fi, phone network, individual apps, and devices.
Parental controls can help you to:
Plan what time of day your child can go online and how long for.
Create content filters to block apps that may have inappropriate content.
Manage the content different family members can see.
Setting up parental controls on:
Home broadband and Wi-Fi
Home internet providers can offer parental controls for your family. You can:
• Use a filter from your internet provider to control the content that you and your family see. Some providers allow different settings for each user.
• Set up any device connected to your home broadband. How you do this depends on your provider and you'll need to access your home router. You can ask your internet provider for help setting this up. Remember that this only affects your child accessing the internet through the Wi-Fi – if they are using 4G or 5G etc to connect you need to check the settings on their mobile device too.
Setting up parental controls on BT: https://youtu.be/IjJ1tDhjkBo
Using Web Safe with Virgin Media: Using Web Safe with Virgin Media - YouTube
Parental Controls on EE: How do I turn on parental controls on my device? | Help | EE
Sky Broadband Shield: Sky Broadband Shield | Sky Help | Sky.com
If your broadband provider is not listed above, please see its respective section on Parental controls
For further information and advice please see Parental Controls & Privacy Settings Guides | Internet Matters
Useful Links for Parents
UK Safer Internet Centre: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/
Family Lives (Bullying UK) Cyberbullying: http://www.bullying.co.uk/cyberbullying
Internet Watch Foundation (Reporting criminal online content): www.iwf.org.uk
General online safety issue videos: https://www.internetmatters.org/schools-esafety/parent-online-support-pack-teachers/
Advice for parents on social media: https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/social_media
Tips for parents about online gaming: https://www.getsafeonline.org/press/a-third-of-parents-feel-out-of-control-of-kids-online-gaming/
Childnet information for parents: https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
You can also find more information about online safety on the Gov.uk website: Online safety - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Your Digital Footprint
1. Use Privacy Settings.
Let’s talk Facebook, shall we? Chances are pretty good that you can be counted among the 1.3 billion monthly active users of the social media giant, and there’s practically no other website that contains such a breadth and depth of personal information.
Put all your social media accounts on a short leash which will help you manage your digital footprint. Look into Facebook’s proprietary privacy tips or get the works from Lifehacker.com with its “Always Up-to-Date Guide to Managing Your Facebook Privacy,”
2. Keep A List of Accounts.
Then delete the ones you no longer use. That myspace page you signed up for? Don’t just forget about it–find it and delete it.
3. Don’t Overshare.
Don’t overshare. As much of an alien concept as it may be to students these days, the only sure-fire way to avoid digital footprint trouble is for them to keep quiet about anything they wouldn’t want to share with everyone in town.
This includes usernames, aliases, passwords, last names, full-names-as-usernames, pictures, addresses, and other important information.
4. Use A Password Keeper.
This is more of a security thing, but the worst kind of footprint is the one you didn’t make that contains all your sensitive information. It’s too much work to remember 50 different passwords, and every site has their own unique rules. Until someone solves this problem, the best solution is likely a password keeper.
5. Google Yourself, you may be surprised what you find.
6. Monitor Linking Accounts.
When you link your Facebook or twitter account to that new site (whatever site that might be), you may not realize, or care at the moment what you’re giving it access to. It’s usually safest to use a secondary email address to sign-up for new sites rather than granting this kind of access.
7. Use A Secondary Email.
Whether you’re communicating with someone new, or signing up for a new social media platform, it can be useful to have a secondary email address.
8. You Don’t Need 12 Email Addresses.
That said, you don’t need 12. Keep it manageable.
9. Sending Is Like Publishing–Forever.
Every time you send a message, post, or picture, you’re publishing it the same way BBC does a news story. And the internet never forgets.
10. Understand That Searches Are Social.
There’s another side to your digital footprint, too — it’s not always information that you choose to make public. Remember: Privacy controls or no privacy controls, Facebook still records and uses every scrap of information it gets to better determine its users’ marketing demographics.
Google pulls the same trick with search and browsing habits. If you're logged into their Google account, the service tracks every keyword you search, every Web page you visit and every time you visit YouTube.
There are ways, however, to control the bits of deep data that we leave strewn around. First of all, even though Google is practically an official synonym for “Web search,” it isn’t actually the only game in town. Less profit-motivated search engines like DuckDuckGo.com and Ixquick.com may take a little getting used to, but they do make explicit policy of protecting users’ browsing privacy.
11. Use Digital Tools to Manage Your Footprint.
A host of browser extensions and app add-ons can also limit the surreptitious capture of personal information. Disconnect (Disconnect.me), DoNotTrackMe (Abine.com) and Ghostery (Ghostery.com) are examples of cross-platform extensions that block tracking cookies and give users control over site scripts.
Just remember everything that you post, tweet, comment or like is going down on their permanent record. Honestly, everything!