Online Safety

The Internet can help us all in a great many ways, but it is important to understand some of the risks that can exist if the Internet is not used properly. You can find out more about this, sometimes complicated, issue on this page.
Our Digital Leaders (pupils from Year 4 and Year 5) have produced this animation video to demonstrate two of the messages for staying safe online - don't meet someone you only know from being online and always tell a trusted adult if something online makes you feel uncomfortable.
Well done to our Digital Leaders - great work!

Safety Tips

  • Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use applications you have never used.
  • Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends - personal information includes their messenger id, email address, mobile number and any picture of themselves, their family or friends - if your child publishes a picture or video online anyone can change it or share it.
  • If your child receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them.
  • It's not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don't know. They won't know what they contain - it could be a virus, or worse - an inappropriate image or film.
  • Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it is better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
  • Always keep communication open for a child to know that it's never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Teach young people how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable.
  • Change your search engine settings to be more strict and use content filters available through most Internet Service Providers. Find out more here.
  • A checklist, provided by CEOP lists many of these suggestions. Find out more here.
  • There are people who can help. Report online child abuse, or for more advice and support, follow the links on this page.
  • See the Parents' Guides to Technology to find out information on how to keep your specific devices and services safe.
The best parental controls are being present in the room yourself and using any Internet-connected devices alongside your child.
Teaching Pupils about e-safety at Mount Charles School

Across the school, pupils are taught how to use computers and the Internet safety. The plan of how this is taught can be accessed from the link above.
Pupils in Key Stage 1 are introduced to e-safety through the series of Hector's World cartoons. You can watch these 6 videos here.

These cartoons are designed to teach the pupils in a fun way how to stay safe when using computers and connecting to the Internet.

You may like to watch these cartoons with your child and talk about the issues in them.
In Key Stage 2 at school we follow the adventures of Kara, Winston and the SMART crew to teach the pupils about online safety. You can watch these videos here.

The messages in the videos reinforce the points above in a child friendly way and teach the children how to use resources online in a safe and enjoyable way. Again, you may enjoy watching these short videos together with your children and discuss the issues raised in them.

How good is your knowledge on e-safety? Try this quiz from CBBC.