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Bishopswood School

Bishopswood School

STAYING SAFE ONLINE

Bishopswood School promotes the safe use of the internet for children.  We use commercial web filtering software to restrict which sites can be accessed from within school but parents need to know how to keep their children safe online from home too.

Here are some useful websites which give parents and children useful advice on using the internet safely.

Childnet resources for parents and carers
Childnet Hub for primary aged children
Childnet Hub for young people aged 11-18
How to set parental controls on your home internet connection
ThinkUKnow advice for parents
Internet Safety Advice from Oxfordshire CC for families
which includes links to more resources and advice in 12 languages.
Setting up parental controls on home networks
Child exploitation and on-line protection (CEOP) website

Games and Films
Using the internet is part of everyday life for children and young people but parents and carers also have a responsibility to keep their children safe online.   We would also like to remind you that in the UK the Video Standards council use PEGI ratings to indicate which age group should see films and games and parents should use these as guides to decide which is appropriate viewing for their child.
NSPCC Guide to Social Networks, Apps and Games
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media rate movies, TV shows, books and more so parents can feel good about the entertainment choices they make for their children.
Apple guided Access

Social Networking
There are some children of primary school age who are using social media and have accounts despite the recommended minimum age of 13. Below are some popular social media sites terms and conditions.
UK council for child safety online
Instagram Age Limit
Facebook Age Limit
Snap Chat Parental Guide
SnapChat map advice
Whatsapp Terms of Service
Websites such as Facebook offer amazing communication and social connections, however they are created with their audience in mind and this is specifically 13 years old and above. Parents and carers have a responsibility to make sure children are aware of the issues around using these sites at an inappropriately early age.