Welcome to PHIA Online Safety Webpage
e-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Pound Hill Infant Academy. We have extensive security measures in place in the academy, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. e-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work together with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
Our Online Safety Webpage contains information, activities, articles, videos and presentations designed to help you keep children safe online.
As I am sure you are aware children are spending more time online and using many different devices. Whilst this can have an extremely positive impact it is also vital that we ensure that they are staying safe and know exactly what to do should something happen that they do not like or are unsure of.
A challenge for our pupils: Use the documents to either design a poster about staying safe online or share your top tips. Please make sure you email these to your class teachers via email@example.com. We may even add your poster or tops tips to our Online Safety webpage.
Advice for Parents
What to do if your child sees something upsetting online
If you are concerned or want advice about online safety issues you can call the NSPCC’s free helpline 0808 800 5002.
Speak to your child about the importance of not contacting strangers online, regardless of the method. Setting privacy systems on devices with your child is a great way to have this conversation and agree on precautions to take.
Keep having open conversations about online activity and take an interest in what they are doing online. Keep an eye on device usage – there are lots of tools that can help you to do this, check in with them if you notice anything unusual or you are not sure about.
Ensuring your child’s privacy and security settings are set to be as secure as possible, both on their devices and the apps/games/sites they are using. There are lots of helpful guides and support that can help you to do this. This will help to prevent your child coming across anything distressing online.
Where to go for help if your child has been affected by dangerous online crazes - There are a number of organisations that can offer direct support to you and your child. Here are a few that we would recommend:
- Childline 0800111
- The Samaritans 116 123
- The NSPCC/O2 - Parents Helpline 0808 8005002
Miss G Blackie
PHIA IT Lead
Digital safety help
With children spending more time online than ever before, it can be a huge challenge for parents and carers to keep up to date and know how to implement parental controls and privacy settings to help keep their children safe.
On hand to give friendly help and support, a team of Library Digital Volunteers are now offering remote support for basic digital safety enquiries and can talk you through how to set up privacy settings and parental controls on a range of apps and devices.
To get in touch with this free service, phone 0330 222 3455, or email your name, phone number and a brief description of the help needed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register here to get regular information about how to stay safe online.