Using the internet safely and positively is a key message that we promote at Wolvercote Primary School and we hope parents, carers and families will find the information and links on this page helpful. The internet is always changing and keeping up with children’s use of technology can be a challenge. You may sometimes feel that your children have better technical skills that you do! However, they still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online and using the internet positively and safely.
Some key questions to ask yourselves
When was the last time you talked to your child about what apps they love, or about who their friends are online? When was the last time you checked your home broadband settings for explicit content? Have you put the same restrictions on your Year 6 child's 4G access on their shiny new phone? Do you know how to set limits on screen time using the settings on your Mac, PC or Chromebook? Do you let your children have tablets or laptops in their bedrooms?
“Children will be children - pushing boundaries and taking risks. At a public swimming pool we have gates, put up signs, have lifeguards and shallow ends, but we also teach children how to swim.”
Be encouraged: parenting children online uses the same skills as parenting offline...but you might need some extra knowledge! That's where we as a school come in. We already teach your children about e-safety, but we are also here to help support parents and families. If you have any concerns or questions about keeping your child safe online, please do get in touch with your child’s class teacher or Mrs Young, our Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Did you know?
Your child has an email login (@wolvercoteprimary.org) which you can use to set up a Chromebook user for them. Once they login as a user on any Chromebook using their school account name, they have all the same filters and protection that they would have at school.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWKYL_8ztwU - This video shows how to create a new Chromebook user.
Is your child on social media? We understand that it can be difficult to know how you can keep them safe. That's why in this video with O2, we share 7 simple ways to help you keep your kids safe when scrolling. From having conversations to getting more help from our advice line with O2, these 7 tips will help give you practical steps that you can use today.
If you have any more specific questions about e-safety at Wolvercote Primary School, why not drop Mr Hamilton (our ICT & Computing Coordinator) an email? It might be that there's a current issue which needs attention; or a new app or website craze sweeping the school; or maybe you can offer help in this area.