Safer Internet Day 2023
Although there are lots of incredible things to do online, the internet isn’t perfect and sometimes people use it in ways that are not safe, kind or responsible. Safer Internet Day is a good chance to think about online issues, and what we can all do to make the internet a safer place.
It’s really important that all children and young people get to share their opinions and experiences of going online – the good and the bad.
That’s why this year, the theme for Safer Internet Day is: Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online.
Chatting with friends can be great fun and a lovely way to make friendships stronger.
This year pupils are encouraged to have the same kind of conversations with the adults they know and trust too!
Talking to parents, carers, teachers, and any other adult who looks after them about their favourite things to do online or share their top online safety tips to see what you think!
The more we talk about the things we see and do online, the easier it is for us all to support each other. It also means that if something ever does go wrong, it’s even easier to find someone to help.
“Is your child safe online?”
Online Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at St Felix and forms part of our RSHE curriculum.
At school, we have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. These operate like a shield, blocking access to unsuitable websites, images and text materials.
Our pupils are also taught about online safety with the emphasis on conduct, content, commerce and contact. Our Online Safety Team work with each other to present information on these areas and discuss current trends and issues with the Online Safety Leader each week.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the Online Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. It is vital to monitor your child’s access to the internet and to work with them when searching for information. Further help for parents can be found at:
Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below are some links to some “safer” search engines:
Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet click here to read more.
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre.
Kidsmart and Childnet give lots of advice on how to stay safe online.