Online Safety

Online Safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded into our curriculum. It is our mission to support our parents and children to have a secure understanding of online safety issues so they can learn to use the Internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way. To be successful in keeping children safe online the message from school and home must be consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. 

Our online safety measures enable us to provide an environment for all our children to thrive, grow and learn, whilst staying safe online. We put these measures in place through a strong computing curriculum, policies and security provisions which safeguard children against unsuitable content and contact, and ensure they maintain appropriate conduct.

We have a number of procedures in place to ensure children cannot access unsuitable websites when using school technology, including software which blocks all websites with adult, violent or age-inappropriate content. Social media sites are also blocked, unless they are school pages used within lessons and under supervision. Online safety is taught to all children during computing lessons and staff are required to undertake online safety training to update their knowledge.

There are many ways you can help minimise the risks associated with children being online and increase online safety in your home – the list below provides ideas for some of the ways you can do this. 

Filtering and Monitoring 

There are many reasons why filtering and monitoring are required. In school the purpose is to ensure that children do not access unsuitable/inappropriate content.  At Mawnan School we use Senso and we are fully compliant with the DfE Filtering and Monitoring Standards and the Cyber Security Standards. Our Online Safety Lead (Headteacher and DSL) is responsible for filtering and monitoring and cyber security. 

Content filtering works by applying specific parameters to content retrieved via the internet, restricting access to certain materials on websites, Apps, emails or other suspicious items. 

Monitoring combined with content filtering alerts for any activities that need to be acted upon, but the information is also used to determine which sites and keywords need to be filtered out. For example, if a new craze appears, the monitoring and filtering system will help us know what associated terms the children are searching for, and what websites they are accessing.

Our Top Tips for Keeping Your Children Safer Online: 
Talk to your child about what they’re up to online
Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems. The Childnet website provides helpful and clear advice about different aspects of keeping children safe online. Their parent and carer toolkit also features a family agreement. 
Watch Think-U-Know films and cartoons with your child
The Think-U-Know site has films, games and advice for child from five all the way to 16.
Encourage your child to go online and explore!
There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online
Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world
Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space
For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
Know what connects to the internet and how
Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.
Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones
Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Information about parental controls / filters

Age Appropriate

Only give your child access to devices, websites, apps, games and social media sites that are age appropriate. Access the PEGI guidance on age ratings to inform your choices when buying games for your child, or deciding whether the games they are playing are appropriate, by following the age-ratings assigned to each game. Read each game’s advice for parents and play the game yourself to help you understand what it involves.

Common Sense Media Common offer a trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books and music which can be found using the following link

National Online Safety Training for Parents

The  ‘National Online Safety’ provide online safety courses families, free of charge, as part of our work. 

The courses are up-to-date and relevant for all our children as we work to keep them safe online. As our children grow in understanding and experience of online material, it’s important that our understanding grows alongside theirs so that we each have the knowledge necessary to ensure their experience is positive, safe, and empowering. To create your account, please follow – National Online Safety  for more helpful parent guides and videos.

Once registered, some of the videos we recommend are:

Online Safety for 4-7 year olds

Online Safety for 7-11 year olds

National Online Safety also provide helpful guidance through their award winning guides to support parents and aide classroom learning.  We have downloaded the most relevant and helpful guides and will continue to update this area of the website. 
Parental Controls: 
Healthy Relationships and Mental Health: 
Safety Guides: 
If you have any further questions or concerns please contact your child’s class teacher, our Online Safety Lead is Miss Pridmore (Headteacher and DSL). 

CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.

Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on Facebook settings, Xbox 360 settings, Blackberry settings, jargon busting and many more 'How to Guides'. They are well worth a read and some are attached below for you to download. 

Internet Matters is an online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.