Capel St Mary CEVC Primary School
With faith as small as a mustard seed, you can move mountains. - Matthew 13 verses 31 - 35
Online Safety Advice
We receive information from various groups about the dangers of children being on line and accessing inappropriate websites and materials. When we have this information it will be posted on this page to keep you up to date.
National Online Safety App
You can get up to date information on online safety by subscribing to the National Online Safety app. Just put National Online Safety into your search bar for your apps and download. It will ask what school your child is at and for an email. if you enable notifications this will ensure you are sent important information regarding online safety.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection
This is a very valuable site which gives parents, staff and children advice on what to do if they are worried about what their child is doing or interacting with online. Please use the link below for more information:
Creating Safe Habits for Your Children on Line
Please see below for the latest information from the Online Safety team about developing safe habits when online.
What parents and carers need to know about I Pads.
The I Pad has become almost a normal part of family life with it or other tablets being available in nearly every home. This latest guide from National Online Safety, points to the advantages and the possible problems with using such devices.
Internet Watch Foundation
As I have mentioned before the school employs a tight filtering service which prevents children from accessing inappropriate materials.
At home you may have access to internet filtering and it is important that this is in place.
Each week we receive an update from Andrew Hall a children's Safeguarding specialist and this week he has highlighted the work of Internet Watch Foundation who have provided a checklist entitled TALK to support parents in keeping their homes safe. This site can be found by clicking the link below:
I recommend that parents have a look at this and take appropriate action.
Online Safety Presentation
Please find below the online safety presentation offered on the 2nd March 2023. If you have any questions about the presentation or would like to know more please make an appointment to discuss this with Mr Cornish, our Headteacher and Online Safety lead.
NGL - Not Gonna Lie
Please find below the latest guide from National Online Safety. I had not even heard of NGL - Not Gonna Lie so it was an interesting read for me! If you are aware of any particular apps or sites that children are using and you want to know more about them please let the office know so we can pass this on to the experts at National Online Safety.
The pace of change is very fast so please come weekly to keep checking for information.
Please find below information that you need to know with regard to your children's use of Spotify.
Over the past couple of weeks lots of information has come to light with regard to artificial intelligence and the various ways this can be used. This guide will help parents navigate this area.
If you click the CEOP button it will take you straight to their pages where you can report abuse.
This week as well as having Internet Safety day on Tuesday with its theme of 'Talk About It' is also a mental health awareness week. It is all too tempting for parents and carers only to see a negative side to our children's fascination with the games that they play. This week's guide below discusses ten positive features of gaming which is important to bare in mind!
Internet Safety Day - Tuesday February 7th 2023
The theme of the day is Want To Talk About It? Making Space For Conversations About Life Online. On the day there will be an Assembly focusing on the theme and throughout the week children will undertake activities in their classes to ensure that they know the importance of communicating!
Below are some websites specifically for parents to advise them on how to have these conversations and generally about making sure children stay safe online.
Encouraging Open Conversations About Online Safety
Tuesday 7th February, 2023 in Internet Safety Day and the theme this year is Want To Talk About It - Making Space for Conversations About Life Online. This weeks alert from National Online Safety is particularly pertinent giving advice about this vitally important issue.
The internet is a wonderful environment for everyone to use but it has to be used safely and with all users aware of the possible threats and dangers. Having regular conversations about your child's online activities is a good way of making sure that they know the risks and keep themeselves safe.
Building Online Resilience
Please see the information below about building online safety resilience for your children. The information comes from the National Online Safety as part of their regualar weekly updates.
Please see the file below for what parents and carers need to know about Twitter.
World of Warcraft
Please find below advice on the World of Warcraft game from the Online Safety hub.
Benefits and the dangers of Gaming
The world of Gaming is not all negative. Please see the link below from the SWGFL (South West Grid for Learning) which discusses the benefits as well as the risks of Gaming.
Fortnite and the Battle Royale Feature
The internet matters organisation have published information for parents regarding the use of the Battle Royale feature on Fortnite, it is well worth a read.
Please see the link to the NSPCC which deals with the dangers of Facebook's metaverse with their use of Virtual Reality headsets.
Using New Devices
Advice from National Online Safety on using new devices! It would be great to share this with your child!
With Christmas fast approaching it is a good idea to ensure that all new devices as well as those which your children already have, have appropriate parental controls set up. The NSPCC provide some valuable information on how to do this.
There is also advice from the National Online Safety Platform. Please see below for their document.
Using social media has plenty of potential benefits for young people: it helps them stay connected to their friends, hear contrasting views on the world, find reassurance or support, and ease social anxiety. It also brings, however, a corresponding number of negative possibilities – including compulsive use, unhealthy comparisons with others online and exposure to harmful content.
Ironically – for a medium designed to enable engagement with other people – social platforms can actually lead to children feeling increasingly isolated and lonely, taking an obvious toll on their mental wellbeing.
Andrew Hall Safeguarding
Andrew Hall provides valuable information to schools on a weekly basis regarding issues with regard to online safety. This week he has published this information with regard to TikTok:
TikTok has now raised its Livestreaming Age Requirement to 18 (BBC News)TikTok has frequently been called out for its glaring failures to protect under 18s which use its service. With its flashy images, easily digestible content and ‘childlike’ feel it has always been popular among school aged children. A fact which has made its safeguarding failures all the more worrying. The platform’s attempt to ban under 18s seems to be unfeasible however, and so it is as important as ever to be aware of its usage in the classroom. In particular, its gift function can easily be manipulated in order to commit criminal acts against children. As such wariness around the app should not be lowered as a result. To find out more about what motivated their decision, and its potential outcomes head over to the page linked below:
Please find below some information from the LGFL (London Grid for Learning) this contains valuable advice for parents regarding keeping your children safe online.