E-Safety - COVID19 update

Keeping safe during this period of uncertainty

 

Mother and son using a computer

We understand that digital form of communications are allowing us to continue to share with our family members whether near or far and that apps such as WhatsApp, FaceTime, Zoom and Houseparty give us unprecedented digital access to those who are dear to us.

Indeed, the positive powers and benefits of the internet have risen to the challenge during this period.  However, at Branston Junior Academy and with support from agencies such as the LSCP (Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership);  https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/safeguarding/lscp and the education program from NCA-CEOP, Thinkuknow; https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk we understand that additional challanges and dangers can present to our children and young people when working online.  

To support our understanding as parents and the saftey of our children, please read and consider these two documents produced as a response to children working from home during time:

 Managing abusive people (published by the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership)

 Keeping your child safe online when they are off school (published by Thinkuknow)

Once you've read the Thinkuknow gudiance, it's worth checking out the home activity packs they've produced to help and parents and carers learn about online saftety at home.  The packs will be updated fortnighly, so worth a regular check.

Much of our news is now consumed online.  Below, is a useful link to help parents and carers support children when accessing and discussing the news and current affairs:

NewsWise for families  - Activities, links, tips and advice to help families learn more about the news together (NewsWise is a news litercay project for 9-11 year-olds set up by The Guardian Foundation, the National Literacy Trust and PSHE Association.)

Virtual College have produced a 'practical tips' guide to assist parents and carers in keeping children safe online.  Click here.

 The best way to discuss news matters is openly and honestly with you child using words and explanations they can understand. The Govenment has written a document that helps adults support their children with this and in supporting children's mental health and well-being.  It can be accessed by clicking here.

 The Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership has collated a range of KS2 online safety resources that you can use with your child(ren).  Clicking on this link will download a .pdf file showing you how and where to access these materials.

 Please contact us if you need any more guidance in keeping your child safe online during this period of home learning.  From all of us here at BJA, stay safe and stay well.

 

 

 


 

At Branston Junior Academy we take your child’s e-safety very seriously. We believe that children should be able to access and enjoy the internet safely and each term the importance of e-safety is highlighted.

As in the real world, we know that you will wish to keep your children safe in the virtual world. Whether on a computer at school, a laptop, a tablet, or any other mobile device at home, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are. You may be interested in visting  the ThinkuKnow website we use at school,  to play the various games which reinforce the importance of staying safe online and to discuss e-safety issues with your child.

 http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/cybercafe/

 

The safer internet website also provides advice and support material that you may find useful:

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/free-cyberbullying-resources-teachers

 

Click on here, for some useful guidance about using Instagram.

Click on here, for some useful guidance about 'Tik Tok' (used to be known as Musicaly)

Click on here for a short film clip advising about 'sexting'.

Click on here for a short film clip about 'Parental Controls' 

Click on here for a short film clip about 'Game Ratings'

Click on here for information about 'You Tube'

Click here for information about Tik Tok and privacy.

 

Click on here to get the latest edition of   'DITTO' - an e-safety magazine, full of information for parents.

Did you know?

 http://www.kidrex.org/ is a child's alternative to Google.