Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Milford-on-Sea Primary School, because we recognise that the internet is essential in 21st century life - for education, for business and for social interaction. As children move up through the school, their access to various types of technology increases and it stands to reason that their exploration and curiosity increases too.
The positives of the digital world overwhelmingly outweigh the negatives but children, schools and parents all need to be aware of various online risks.
Our Computing curriculum has e-safety woven through it and allows our staff to discuss, explain and demonstrate how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. (For further information, see our Computing Curriculum page). Alongside this we deliver lessons on different aspects of online safety, drawing these from the National Online safety group.
While we will be doing all we can at school, we need to work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers and helping them to learn how to act safely when using the internet. If you haven't already done so, please create a FREE MOSPS account with National Online Safety to access a huge range of resources including guides, explainer videos and parent/carer courses. (see below)
Advice & Support For Parents
And there's more...
Short videos for parents and carers: delivering online safety at home.
ThinkYouKnow have teamed up with The National Cyber Security Centre to give you some advice about how you and your family can work together to become more Cyber Aware. There are videos on the following topics:
Home Activity Packs
National Online Safety Support Group 'ThinkYouKnow' have produced a suite of Home Activity packs containing simple 15 minute activities you can do with your family to support their online safety at home. Each activity sheet has a selection of short conversation starters, practical tips and fun tasks to do as a family:
They have also produced age-appropriate packs of activities that you can do at home with your children.
Just click on the links below to be taken to their fantastic resources:
Parental Controls - An Overview
Take a look at the document below for some really useful information to help you make informed decisions about parental control measures - both on your home network and on popular internet/social media sites.
See What Our Cyber Ambassadors Are Saying...
Each Half term, our Cyber Ambassadors put out a presentation on an aspect of online safety. Last year they gave out important messages on managing screen time, online gaming, online reputations, our SMART rules and Online Security & Privacy. Click on the links to see what they said.
In the first of their addresses to the school this academic year, they returned to the benefits and risks associated with online gaming. Check out what they said by clicking here.
In their latest presentation, our Cyber Ambassadors tackled key aspects of 'Cyber bullying'. To see what they had to say on the issue, click here.
There will be more coming in the New Year!
Internet Safety Day 2022
This year's Internet Safety Day Focus was all about playing games online safely and respectfully.
We marked the National Day in school with a presentation from our Cyber Ambassadors and discussions on the topic of safe gaming in class.
To find out more about online gaming - its benefits and its pitfalls, click on the link below:
To find our what you need to know about games that are popular amongst 5-11 year-olds, download a help guide from the list below:
Internet Safety Day 2021
Last year, Internet Safety Day fell on the 9th February.
This important national event was celebrating its 18th year this year with an important them: 'fake news' - Exploring reliability in the online world.
We celebrated the day here at school and we invited those learning from home to join us too, by clicking on the link below.
At Milford-on-Sea Primary School, we follow the SMART rules for safe use of the internet. Here they are:
Helpful Websites For E-Safety Advice