At MMK, online safety is taught both in dedicated Computing lessons and is embedded into activities throughout the school year. The children are taught how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. Any incidents are recorded and dealt with in accordance with our E-Safeguarding policy.
Of course, online safety is important both at school and at home. Our efforts to keep children safe online will only be successful if the message to children is consistent between school and home. The information on this page is provided in order to help parents ensure that children are safe online.
Key message to parents:
Instead of discouraging internet use, it is essential to be realistic and accept that using the internet is part of modern life. Banning the internet or technology will often make a child less likely to report a problem. The important thing is to teach children to use the internet safely and sensibly.
Safesearch Kids aims to provide a safer search environment for children.
Enable SafeSearch - Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the internet. Click here to read more.
There is a range of ways to apply security settings on your home devices. The “Thinkuknow” website provides a comprehensive breakdown of the options available to you.
Security Settings on popular websites:
The various websites and apps below are the most popular but not exclusively the ones your child might use. Click on the links for tips on setting filters and staying safe.
- New! Facebook: Facebook Guide for Parents
- New! Instagram: Instagram Guide for Parents
- New! Snapchat: Snapchat Guide for Parents
- Google: http://www.google.co.uk/preferences
- Pinterest: https://help.pinterest.com/en (see most popular articles)
- YouTube: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2802272 https://support.google.com/youtube/topic/2946312
- Twitter: https://support.twitter.com/groups/57-safety-security
More useful information for parents
Click here to download an information and advice sheet for parents.
The websites below can teach you more about what your child might experience on the internet and ways to deal with various scenarios:
- Recommended! Internet Matters is an online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens.
- The NSPCC's Share Aware page, including New! Net Aware - type in the apps and website your children use to find out important information about them.
- KidSMART offers activities for children and advice for parents.
- Check below for regular updated articles from www.parentinfo.org.