Information for Families
Almost all of our pupils use the Internet at home and we know that, as carers, it can be difficult to allow children the freedom to develop as responsible individuals while protecting them from the perils and pitfalls of the Internet. Increasingly, even at primary school age, younger people are conducting their social life online so families need to provide guidance to make sure that their children behave safely and responsibly. Please help your children by following these key recommendations:
Talk regularly with your children about their use of technology and how they communicate with people online
Keep computers and other web-enabled devices in family rooms
Technology is a fantastic tool to help with learning but there are dangers of which we must all be aware. At school we have strict filters on internet traffic and children use Chromebooks that are monitored when in use. We have restrictions on pupils communicating online with people outside of the school and we do not allow children to use the internet unsupervised.
There is an abundance of information about online safety and children’s use of the Internet so it can be difficult to get clear, concise guidelines about the right way to approach online safety. Therefore the following information may be useful to you when keeping your child safe online.
What to tell your children
At Tuckswood Academy & Nursery, we endeavour to educate children about online safety in all lessons but it’s important that parents know some key online safety tips too. Please remind your children of the following:
Don’t post too much information about yourself online
Only message or chat to people that you know in real life
Think very carefully before posting photos
Always be friendly
If something online makes you feel uncomfortable, get your parents
Talk to your parents and respect your family’s rules for internet use
Mobile Devices - iPads, tablets, phones etc
A large number of our pupils have their own iPads, Android Tablets or other devices. This means they also have access to the internet including social networks, text and video chat.
Consider setting Parental Restrictions
Consider taking devices away at bedtime
Consider setting time restrictions
Social Networking - TikTok, Instagram etc
If you can, stick to age appropriate websites. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter require users to be older than 13 to have a profile. Social networks keep children connected to friends and provide a space for self-expression but there are no guarantees of privacy. Once anything is uploaded, it is available to anyone on the internet and becomes property of the social media website.
Parents must take responsibility for underage use of social networks
Privacy settings should be set as strict
Children should not post any personal information about themselves
All messages should be friendly and not critical of people or organisations. It can be easy to misinterpret the tone and meaning of on-screen communications and children, in particular, should always check messages before hitting the send button. Issues can and often do arise from upsetting communications (these sometimes spill over into school time!). Where this occurs we will work with affected pupils and parents to resolve the issues and educate children on the importance of appropriate behaviour both inside and outside of school.
Disclaimer: the following settings can be made or additional software can be installed on various devices. These are listed below, however this is your decision and must be entirely at your own risk. The school can only provide information/advice for use of technology at home.
What can I do about "Parental Controls"
Here are some useful links to some key operating system parental controls:
Here are some useful links to important advice websites: