Online safety is an important part of keeping our children safe at Slade Primary and is something we take very seriously. This means that we have measures in place to safeguard pupils from any potential dangers or unsuitable material. All incidents are recorded and are dealt with accordingly inline with our Online Safety and Child Protection Policies (see link to policies below).
Children are taught through the curriculum how to stay safe and behave appropriately when they are online both in school and at home.
In order for us to be successful at keeping children safe when online, we regularly share resources and materials with our parents so that they receive the most up to date guidance and can therefore use this information to be able to speak to their children about how to stay safe online when at home.
Digital Family Agreement
Please follow this link to find an example of creating a digital family agreement to help make clear what is allowed, how much time you can spend on devices and any other ground rules you would like to implement. By sharing expectations it can help to reduce arguments and keep everyone safe.
Raising a concern
If you are worried about the way someone has been communicating with you or someone else then please click on the CEOP button below to make a report.
If you are concerned about the safety of a child, please email our DSLs using the enquiry form below.
If the concern is urgent, then please contact 'Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-agency Partnership' using this link to report your concern: https://www.kscmp.org.uk/guidance/worried-about-a-child.
If a child is in immediate danger, call the emergency services using 999.
Please click on the link below to see our policies linked to online safety.
Kent Police have provided resources with interactive quizzes covering ages 6 to 14 plus. The quizzes are a great way for children and parents and carers to engage together and assist in those conversations around online use and use the “golden rules” sheet as well as the tips below to further aid that conversation.
Have conversations without judgement.
Whether by playing games, watching videos, or doing things your child enjoys, spending time together online is a great way to start conversations about the online world and how they’re finding being a part of it. It is important to ask questions and take an interest in what your child enjoys online.
An essential part of having this open dialogue is to not judge, even if their behaviour or life online isn’t what you wanted or expected. This ensures that your child feels they can come to you if ever they make a mistake or experience a problem online.
Knowing where you can learn more about their favourite apps and games.
Websites like Common Sense Media or The Family Gaming Database can be invaluable sources of information. When your child starts talking about a new game or app, why not do some research into the reporting and blocking options available? Then you can help your child if they come to you with an issue. Also learn more about parental controls Parental Controls & Privacy Settings Guides - Internet Matters
Getting support if things go wrong.
There are lots of organisations who are there to support you and your family if something has gone wrong. The Report Harmful Content website can help you with issues such as cyberbullying, impersonation and threats. You can report worrying behaviour towards children to CEOP. Find out more on Childnet’s Get Help page.
Reassuring your child that whatever happens online, you are there to support them.
Let your child know that the best way to address any problem they have online, is to tell a trusted adult immediately. For example, this might include someone sending them a friend request; an online message; telling them to visit a specific website, or app; or asking them for their personal information. Reassure them that if anything happens online that they are unsure about, or makes them feel worried or upset, they can come to you for help.