Parents' Page

Online Safety (Click on the links to find out more. Please note: links are external)

Children at Chiltern Primary use the Internet as part of their learning. In school, we teach 'e-safety' through the PSHE curriculum to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.

At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
 
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:

The Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board produce regular E-safety newsletters which can be found here.

 

Links and guidance on how to make sure our children stay safe when using technology.  

If you or your children ever have any issues which relate to the Internet safety of our pupils please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher. 

 

Social Networks

As a parent it’s important you know that all social networking platforms (or social networking apps, if on a smartphone) have age limits. Some social networks use technologies that may not be right for some ages or engage with communities that are made up of people much older than your child.

NSPCC Net Aware
Your guide to the social networks your kids use: Stay up to date and keep your child safe in today's digital world.

TikTok

Minimum age 13

Facebook                                            

Minimum age: 13

Instagram

Minimum age: 13

 Snapchat

Minimum age: 13

Twitter

Minimum age: no specific T&C but in their privacy policy they say that their services are not directed to people under 13.

YouTube

Minimum age: 13 for an account, no minimum to watch videos

YouTube is very popular with children of all ages. You can watch videos without creating an account or (over 13s only) log in with a Google account to upload videos, comment and vote.

If you’re worried about your child watching inappropriate content on YouTube, you can set up Restricted Mode. From your computer or tablet, click on the drop-down menu at the bottom of any page on YouTube and select ‘On’. To prevent your child from making changes, lock Restricted Mode for that particular browser – you’ll need a YouTube account to do this. 

To access Restricted Mode on mobile, you’ll need to go to the Menu and look under Settings.

YouTube also allows you to flag, report and block videos, comments and accounts. To block or report a user, go to their channel, click About, click the flag icon and choose from the drop-down menu.

To report a video, click on More and select Report.

To report a comment on a video, hover over the comment, click the arrow in the top right corner and use the Report spam or abuse link.

 

  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection website
    This provides information and resources on Internet safety. There are areas for 5-7 year olds, 8-10 year olds and 11–16 year olds and all have games and videos promoting how to have fun on the Internet safely. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.

 

  • Childnet International
    Childnet International is a  non-profit organisation working with others to help make the Internet a safer place for children.

 

  • Ask About Games
    A website that helps families make sense of video games. We share real family stories about choosing games, understanding age ratings and the best way to enjoy them together. Find information and advice to make playing video games a more collaborative and creative experience. 

 

Many parents are concerned about their lack of knowledge when it comes to information technology. For the past few years, Vodafone have issued a very informative magazine entitled “Digital Parenting”.

 

  • PEGI: 
  • The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) age rating system was established to help European parents make informed decisions on buying computer games.

 

From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, we can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe.

 

You don’t need to be an expert on the Internet to help keep your child stay safe online. Our advice and resources are here to support you as you support your child to use the Internet safely, responsibility and positively

 

National Online Safety:

Weekly guides for parents, focusing on helping keeping our children safe when they are using online games and apps.

 

NSPCC Child Protection / Advice Guidance for Children and Families

 

Video Guides to keeping safe online

Speaking out in Sport

This short animation from the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) can help parents understand their role in safeguarding children in sport …

 

How To Keep Your Kids Safe When Online Gaming | Parenting Online | NSPCC

Is your child glued to a game online? Online gaming is a great way for kids to have fun, but it's important we help keep them safe. That's why in this video we're sharing 3 simple tips you can do to help to do just that.

 

How To Keep Kids Safe On Social Media | Parenting Online | NSPCC | O2

Is your child on social media? We understand that it can be difficult to know how you can keep them safe. That's why in this video with O2, we share 7 simple ways to help you keep your kids safe when scrolling.

 

My Son's Attack Went Viral On Snapchat | Parenting Online | NSPCC

Would you know what to do if a video of your child went viral? In this week's episode of Parenting Online, Ben shares his story of how his son Kristo was lured outside by a girl he met online, and then attacked by a group of teenagers.

 

I was groomed online | Parenting Online | NSPCC

How much do you know about online grooming? In this episode of Parenting Online, Danielle shares her story and gives our top 3 tips on what you can do to help keep your children safe from the dangers of online grooming. If you're worried about a child you can contact our helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

 

Who Knows More About The Online World: Parents vs Kids | Parenting Online | NSPCC | O2

Do you know more about the online world than your kid? In this video Lillian takes on Abbie to find out who is the champion in their home by playing NSPCC and O2's Parents vs Kids quiz. It's a fun and interactive quiz available online and on your Amazon voice device, helping you both learn how you can help keep yourselves safe online.

 

Making Noise: children and young people's voices after sexual abuse

Making Noise puts the focus on children and young people's voices for positive change after sexual abuse. It is a project produced by The International Centre, University of Bedfordshire, in collaboration with the NSPCC. The Office of the Children's Commissioner commissioned the original report. Read the full report at

https://youtu.be/2-MStSRnQmo

 

NSPCC: How we can all work together to help prevent Child Sexual Abuse

The NSPCC has a new animation that explores simple steps we can all take to make children safer.

 

NCA CEOP Offender Animation #WhoIsSam

With the threat of offenders using online live streaming platforms increasing there is a need to educate children about the associated risks. NCA-CEOP want to help parents and carers protect their children from online offenders like Sam, the fictional narrator of the animation, who targets children online and quickly builds trust with them.