Our children love to use the internet, especially to play games and to communicate with their friends. The way they start using computers and the guidance they are given at this young age can set them on the right path to being safer in later life.
At our school we ensure that our children are taught the basic tips of Internet Safety in every year group.
At school we have a regular Internet Safety Day. It is run by Paul Hay, who is an expert in Internet Safety. Paul works with the teachers to lead an assembly and run class lessons.
For KS1 (Years 1 and 2), we use a cartoon which was created by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency (CEOP). Reception children use a story to lead discussion on how to stay safe.
You can see the cartoon on YouTube by clicking here
It tells the children the 4 Top Tips they need to remember.
We also held sessions for parents. It is important for all parents to learn about how children use the internet so they can carry on the discussion with their own children at home.
Paul has provided links to useful sites to learn more about Internet Safety and watch other related videos. Here is the site
Paul is also happy for parents to contact him with any questions you may have.
"Digital Parenting" magazine
An organisation called Parentzone have created a great magazine for parents to help them understand how young people use the internet and provide help.
You can also view an archive of previous editions here