At Mowlem, the safety of our pupils when they are online is extremely important.This includes ensuring that we educate them on how to be safe internet users and also by supporting parents and carers with this important issue at home.
Please click HERE for our online safety policy.
Please click HERE for Tower Hamlets online safety booklet for families.
Please click HERE for a Tower Hamlets presentation on staying safe online.
Please have a look at this guide to the social networks your children may have access to.
It will help you stay up-to-date and keep your child safe in today's digital world.
We have added some tips for keeping your child safe and confident online.
These tips have been taken from the following websites, so if you need more advice or information please go to these sites and look around:
Important information for keeping your child safe online
· Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For primary school children, 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.
· 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. The thinkuknow website has films, games and advice for children from 5 to 16.
· Encourage your child to go online and explore! 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 grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
· Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even some TVs connect 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 devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. 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. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. There is a link on the thinkuknow website which can direct you to your service provider's help pages and set your parental controls.
· Help your child to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends - Personal information includes their messaging ID, email 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 mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
· Teach your child how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.