Online Safety

At Ashwood Spencer, we recognise just how quickly the digital world is advancing, and we understand the importance of school and home working together to ensure our children are safe both in the real world and online. 

Here are some ‘Top Tips’ for keeping your child as safe as they can be online:

  • Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them. If they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems. Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The has films, games and advice for child from five all the way to 16. 
  • Encourage your child to go online and explore safely! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills. 
  • Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you. 
  • Ensure that you are aware of the age restrictions on apps/websites/games. The age restrictions are there for a reason, and it is important that your child doesn’t use things that aren’t deemed to be appropriate for them. 
  • Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online. 
  • Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a communal family space. For children of primary school age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see. Transparency with online use between children and parents is key! 
  • Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s WiFi? This will affect whether the safety settings you set are being applied. 
  • Use parental controls on all devices that link to the internet e.g. tablets, mobile phones and televisions. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. There is advice online which can help you find your service provider and set controls. 
  • Help your child to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends – personal information includes their address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family and friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it. Remind them that anyone could be looking at their images! 
  • If your child receives spam/junk email and texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain it could be a virus or worse an inappropriate image or film. 
  • Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online friends online (on age appropriate sites). They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust. 
  • Teach your child how to report things online if they feel uncomfortable. 


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