Keeping our Children Safe

25th September 2020
In these COVID-19 challenging times, it is especially important that parents and carers are aware of what their children are being asked to do. This includes which school staff they will interact with and which websites they will be asked to use. We are so proud of how everyone is working together and helping each other but we do have to acknowledge that everything is still not quite back to normal. We are having to operate a mixture of in-school and home learning and have made provision to teach lessons remotely if children and their families need to self-isolate for a period of time. Safeguarding remains an absolute priority at Shanklea Primary School and we must emphasise the importance of a safe online environment. We encourage parents and carers to set age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices and use internet filters to block malicious websites. These are usually free, but often need to be turned on. The resources below can support parents and carers to keep their children safe online:
 Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
 Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
 Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
 Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
 London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
 Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
 UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services.