Online Safety

Keeping our children safe online 

Many children now use social media from a very early age to communicate. There are lots of fun and exciting games being developed all the time which involve children talking to others online.
Here are a few safety tips…. 

  • Adults should know what children are doing online. 
  • When chatting we should be polite and respectful as we would if we were talking directly to someone. 
  • Facebook and Instragram (and some other sites) have a minimum age of 13 years. 

 

Parents can check the content of all apps, games etc at: commonsensemedia.org
and read reviews from other parents. 

 

Make sure children know what to do if they are upset by something they hear or see online and  TELL AN ADULT.

 

At Beacon ACE Academy children's safety is at the centre of everything we do. This includes helping children to stay safe when using the ever changing electronic devices they come across.

 

Remember to stay safe online by staying SMART! :

S    SAFE - Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when chatting or posting online,  Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.


M   MEETING - Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents' or carers' permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time
 
A    ACCEPTING -Accepting emails, IM messages or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don't know or trust can lead to problems - they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
 
R   RELIABLE -Someone online might lie about who they are, and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows.
 
T    TELL -Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something make you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
 

Below are some more links to some excellent websites dealing with online safety:

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

https://parentinfo.org/

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe

http://www.childnet.com

http://www.internetmatters.org

Parent guide for online safety

Helpful parents guide to 'Fortnite: Battle Royale' from childnet.com
Parents guide on Snapchat especially the new 'Snap Maps' - uses a device's location information to locate a user on a virtual map.
or open the pdf below.