Safer Internet

If you are concerned that a child is or may be at risk or you are worried about their online safety and would like to seek advice or report an issue, please click on the link below:

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Appleton Academy has an Acceptable Use of ICT policy in place that outlines to you and your children safe working practices. If your child is upset by anything they have viewed on the Internet, or are the subject of bullying at school you should contact the school immediately to discuss the matter.

What can you do to help?

You can help protect your children by using the following guide:

  • Keep a watchful eye on Internet use including Email & Chat
  • Check the history folder of your Internet browser to check what sites have been accessed
  • Use a child friendly search engine.
  • Use IE Content Supervisor – only blocks participating sites
  • Consider purchasing filter software
  • Consider using a different browser – Firefox
  • Protect your PC with firewall/antivirus software
  • Enable strict safe searching on search engine

HELPFUL LINKS

Parent Info - from CEOP and Parent Zone - http://parentinfo.org/page/for-schools

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - www.thinkuknow.co.uk
An excellent site providing information on child abuse and other related issues. Parents and children are able to report attempts at grooming to the global taskforce.

UK Safer Internet Centre -

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

Prevent  -

http://www.educateagainsthate.com/parents

Parentzonehttps://parentzone.org.uk/

A resource checking site that curates all of the best available advice and information regarding issues related to or amplified by the internet and social media.

Childnet International - www.childnet-int.org
A non profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”. The site contains excellent Internet safety information for parents and children.

National Children’s Charity - Action for Childrenwww.actionforchildren.org.uk
Lots of useful information to keep your children safe online.

Kidsmart - www.kidsmart.org.uk/parents
More good ideas and a 10 minute online presentation.

Bullying Online - www.bullying.co.uk
Advice on what to do if you think your child is being bullied.

Childnet - www.childnet.com
Interactive resource dealing with the main causes for concern.

Using Facebook Safelyhttp://www.connectsafely.org/facebook-for-parents/
This website has useful information relating to Facebook and internet safety.

Finally, don’t let the above information put you off letting your child use the Internet, the benefits far outweigh the dangers. It’s just a balance between keeping them safe and not making them afraid.