Bourne Primary School

Eastbourne

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At Bourne School, we have good systems in place to make sure that children stay safe online and are not exposed to unsuitable content on computers.  Whilst the internet is a fantastic resource which can help children learn, socialise and play, it is important for us all to be vigilant.

Are you the parent of a child on the autistic spectrum?  Click here for further advice.

The main dangers associated with children’s use of the internet are:

  • Exposure to inappropriate content.
  • Exposure to strangers who, in the worst cases, may try to arrange to meet with children using email or chat rooms.
  • Exposure to aggressive marketing and gambling or shopping sites which may encourage children to make unauthorised online transactions.
  • Exposure to sites which embody values which you disagree with as a family.
  • Online bullying (cyberbullying).

Safety advice to discuss with your children – be SMART:

S - Staying safe involves being careful and not giving out your name, address, mobile, school name or password to people on line.

M - Meeting someone you meet in cyberspace can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents or carers permission and then when they are present.

A - Accepting e-mails or opening files from people you don't really know or trust can get you into trouble - they may contain viruses or nasty messages

R - Remember someone online may be lying and not be who he or she says they are. If you feel uncomfortable when chatting or messaging end the conversation.

T - Tell your parent or carer if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried.

Safety advice for parents:

Online activities that are NOT safe.

 Online Activities that are ‘safer’.

Any website where children can send and receive messages.  For example, Bebo, MySpace and Facebook (these have a minimum age requirement of 13 to 14). Some chat rooms are monitored by an adult for inappropriate content, but it is impossible to know who you are really talking to. 

Our learning platform or MSN Messenger   (But do check to see who is in your child’s address book and ask who they chat to.)

Any online game!  Your child may appear to be playing a harmless game, but many have chat facilities incorporated into them, or they may contain violent or inappropriate content, inappropriate pop-up adverts or links to other inappropriate sites.

Ask your child to show you the game and explore the site thoroughly yourself if you’re not sure.

Try games from our websites pages.  These include great games from Lego, Cartoon Network, BBC and other trusted sites.

Please note, whilst every effort has been made to check these sites, Bourne School accepts no responsibility for their content.

Top Tips For Home

  • Set the security to any Facebook accounts to their safest level.  Click here to see how.
  • Keep the computer in a family or shared room NOT in a room where you can’t see what your child is doing.
  • Talk to your children about Internet safety. Let them know that it's OK to tell you if they have a problem.
  • It is a good idea to accompany children while they surf on the Internet and encourage them to use sites that you know are safe and monitored.  Ask your children to teach you how to use chat programmes and sites. Get them to show you and explain how to use their favourite websites.
  • Limit the amount of unsupervised time your children spend online.
  • You can click the back arrow or check the browsing history in the browser (or even look at the ‘cookies’ if you know how to do this) to see what your child has been doing online, but it is better to encourage your children to be open about their Internet friends and the time they spend online.
  • Do not let your child own or play shop bought games that are rated above their age.

 

We recommend that you have a look at the websites below.  They give good advice and some even contain games!


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