At St. John's CE we highly value the importance of keeping our children safe online. It is important that all parents/guardians/carers familiarise themselves with SMART.
Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your full name, address, your email address, phone number, school address and passwords.
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.
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!
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. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.
We also ask that parents set a good example of being SMART for the children.
Please find below some helpful information that will help parents, carers, and children to understand online dangers. We hope this will be useful to you in helping you become more informed and in-control of e-safety, helping to manage potential risks.
What can you do to protect your children online?
Simply being aware of the dangers will make the most difference. Yes, the online world contains many hidden risks, but there are also dangers in the offline world and we don’t address those by severely limiting children’s freedom – we give our young people the necessary guidance and allow them room to explore.
That’s how we should approach online risks, too. The internet is full of fantastic opportunities for children to learn and grow and we’d hate for them to miss out.
CEOP is dedicated to keeping children safe from grooming online.
They are there to help and advise you and to make your child safe. You can report to CEOP if you are concerned that your child is being sexually abused or groomed online. This might be from someone they know or someone they have only ever met online.
Parental controls on smartphones and tablets can block access to websites containing adult content.
Mobile phone companies can filter content rated 18+ at the network level – check with your mobile provider whether this filter is on or off.
The UK’s main mobile providers (e.g. Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three) automatically block 18+ rated content through the Active Choice network-level filtering system.
But remember, these filters only work when the device is connected via the mobile network, not Wi-Fi.
Your mobile’s operating system may also include safety features and you can set restrictions on the App Store and Google Play.