Online Safety Support
Welcome to our Online Safety Home Learning Hub for Parents
Useful Resources for Home Learning and Staying Safe Online
Keep an eye out for updates!
UPDATE JULY 2020
***Home Assistants - Alexa/Echo***
Do you have a home assistant such as Alexa or Echo in your home? Are you considering purchasing one?
This article helps you think about what is possible, what can go wrong and the decisions you need to make about safe use in the home.
It includes information about how young children can make use of them, hidden costs in using them and privacy settings.
Use the list of things that can go wrong to help your family agree how your home assistant can be enjoyed safely.
UPDATE JUNE 2020
Schools have been advised to be aware of the increased potential of online grooming since children have been online more than they usually would be during lockdown. Please have a look at the useful resources below. Should you have any concerns, please contact our school office and someone will return your call to offer support. Or you can contact Childline who have specially trained councillors to help families with these situations.
**UPDATE** MAY 2020
Using Zoom and other video apps to chat online.
Adults and children are feeling very isolated right now and in this difficult time, the option to video chat is proving to be a wonderful solution and a real boost for mental health. However, some primary aged children are being given access to apps that are not age appropriate. Zoom is an overnight success but there was a story at the weekend where people were able to hack in to a meeting and posted pornographic pictures. So everyone needs to stay vigilant.
Here are a few simple rules to help your children stay safe.
- Download safe Apps for your children, Facebook Messenger Kids, Justalk Kids, Google Hangouts and Skype. All of these have good safeguards, don't need access to personal information and are set up by adults.
- For children joining in with chats with family on other apps, make use of any password protections that are offered by apps like Zoom to help increase security.
- Make sure you are in the same room as your child when they are chatting.
- Talk with your child about being kind online.
UPDATE April 2020
**Working from Home - Online Safety Advice***
Due to concerns from some of our partner agencies about the safety of children while using the internet, further support and advice is now available. Please make sure you take the time to read these resources so that your child is safe using the internet at home.
Please keep looking here for updates as and when we get them. We have also put Building Good Habits posters on the Children's Online Safety page on this website. Please open them, they can easily be viewed online as a PDF. Maybe your children might want to make their own poster using these ideas to help them remember?
UPDATE MARCH 2020
**Advice on gaming**
Welcome to our new base for Online Support at Somerset Bridge Primary School. Remember, we are still open for you and your children from home and here to help, please call or email if you need any advice with Online Safety or use Childline https://www.childline.org.uk/getsupport/
As you are getting used to a new way of working from home and also restricted in your outdoor activities, it is understandable that children may be spending more time on gaming than normal. Our usual rules apply, children should take regular breaks, don't snack while on a screen and do something else after an hour. But if you are looking for further advice on gaming and what is suitable for your children then please use the links below for more information.