As we continue to attempt to support our students and families as best we can at current times; we have collated some useful web-links for parents/carers to consider regarding the use of the internet/social media and the potential issues that an increase in internet/social media could cause. Please also see the attachments relating to
If you have specific concerns relating to safeguarding issues, please continue to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead at Fairfield. (James Barnes – firstname.lastname@example.org). Information about the wider Safeguarding Team can be found here: //www.tongdiaopf.com/page/?title=Safeguarding%2FParent+Info&pid=150
//www.childnet.com/resources/family-agreement - A family agreement is a great way to start a conversation with your whole family about how you all use the internet, and to start discussions together around how to behave in a positive way when online, whether this is at home, at school or at a friend's. Our family agreement provides a list of things to consider when creating a family agreement, and some examples to get you started. An agreement template is also provided to help families set clear expectations for positive and safe internet use.
//reportharmfulcontent.com/ - If your child experiences or sees online abuse, impersonation, threats or other harmful content, you can report it using our free and easy to use Report Harmful Content tool. We can help them to make a report:
//www.childnet.com/resources/screen-time-and-healthy-balance-quick-activities - This resource is a collection of quick activities designed for use with 7-11 year olds (but easily adapted to other ages) to help them recognise the signs they may experience when they've been online too long and the importance of balancing online and offline activities.
//swgfl.org.uk/resources/checklists/ - Social Media Checklists
//www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/depression-anxiety-mental-health/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Talking%20to%20a%20child%20worried%20about%20coronavirus%20%28COVID-19%29&utm_campaign=CASPAR-2019-03-30 - If your child is anxious or worried about coronavirus (COVID-19), there are things you can do to help. And if they're struggling with their mental health, we have advice to help you support them and keep them safe
O2 has partnered with NSPCC to help keep kids safe with articles on everything from online bullying, to the apps your kids are using. Click on the logo below to visit this vital website.
Read regular updates from Parent Info about ensuring your child is safe online and other topics such as bullying, family life and relationships:
E-safety at FHS
We are accredited under the 360 degree e-safety tool: //www.360safe.org.uk/
Every year we host a Safer Internet Day (SID); a global event that promotes safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people.
We have E-Safety Champions who collaborated with creative educational company Unique Voice to visit local primary schools and help spread knowledge on themes such as games, privacy and social media. We are delighted to report that the project has been hugely successful at informing parents and younger children on E-Safety news. The project has been funded by the school and The Early Help Team in Bristol.
Here is what Unique Voice say about Fairfield:
'It's been a privilege to launch the E Safety project "Connected" at Fairfield. The E Safety champions from Fairfield have developed excellent knowledge and confidence throughout this process and have channeled this into inspiring the local community. Their determination and commitment to the project has been fantastic and they have a made an enormous impact of how the project has been received by schools, young people and staff. They represented themselves and the school with such passion and pride and delivered a marvelous finale. We highly recommend that Fairfield continue using these dynamic and inspiring champions to continue spreading the word on E Safety'
Top tips for E-Safety:
Parental controls are a great way of controlling the content your kids can access. They allow you to block selected websites and email addresses by adding them to a filter list. They also prevent your kids from searching certain words. Child-friendly search engines such as Yahoo Kids or Ask Jeeves for Kids, lets your children search the internet safely as they filter out inappropriate sites and content. Contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to find out any child safety measures they offer if you are not sure.
Setting ground rules with your child
It’s a good idea to set some ground rules with your child when thinking about their safety online and include their input when doing so. Here at FHS we teach our pupils to be digital citizens and speak to them about the potential risks online to help them understand the dangers. It would help us if you could tell your child:
- Not to give out any personal information to people online such as names, addresses, phone numbers, bank details, passwords
- To only visit chat rooms that are fully moderated / supervised
- Not to meet an online friend in person without you knowing/allowing them to do so
- Not to have an email/screen-name address that references their age or gender
- Be mindful when posting status updates, photos or video on social networking sites
- To tell you if they experience anything inappropriate that worries them
- Take regular breaks from the computer
Tips for family Internet usage
An easy way to make sure your child is safe online is to have the computer in a family room with the screen in view. Draw up house rules such as Internet usage hours and sites that are off limits. It’s also never best to download unknown files from the Internet unless you know it is from a reliable source. The majority of computers and other digital technologies all now have measures in place to protect your child’s safety online and these, coupled with your input, should mean our young people are better equipped when surfing the net.