Our children love to use the Internet, especially to play games and to communicate with their friends. The way they start using computers and tablets and the guidance they are given at this young age can set them on the right path to being safer online citizens in later life.
However, we live in times where this is becoming increasingly complex and it it difficult to monitor what children are using to communicate. Children will often be using apps we have not heard of, or be chatting and sharing deep inside computer games of which we have little concept.
At Meiklemill, we ensure that our children are taught the basic tips of Internet Safety. Online safety is part an parcel of what we do everyday and is embedded within our curriculum. We want to help children to become safe and positive online citizens.
Advice for Parents
Part of keeping our children safe has to be about a healthy relationship between children and parents, with regards online activity. Make sure one of the conditions of your child having access to the Internet is this transparency. The more open your child can be and the more they can share their online experiences and problems with you, the more chance they will have of successfully navigating the challenges the World Wide Web can bring.
“Yes you can download and use that app, providing you and I can look the conversations together and talk about what is appropriate and what is not. If you do not agree, then no you cannot use that app.”
If you have concerns about cyber bullying at home, by all means come and talk to us and we can do what we can to help. But we cannot investigate and action such cases and our advice is always to contact the Police.
Remember children are more and more becoming broadcasters now. Many of our primary school children consider themselves to be budding You Tubers and have their own channels. Do you know what they are sharing and broadcasting? We need to help children understand that it is a criminal offence to share something for which we do not have consent e.g. photos or videos of others.
For children in nursery to P3, have a quick look at this video by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (CEOPs) by clicking here.
The 4 Top Tips we need to remember are:
- Top Tip 1 : People you don’t know are strangers. They’re not always who they say they are.
- Top Tip 2 : Be nice to people on the computer like you would in the playground.
- Top Tip 3 : Keep your personal information private.
- Top Tip 4 : If you ever get that ‘uh oh’ feeling, you should tell a grown-up you trust.
For older children in the school have a look at this video by clicking here
Our Internet Safety Expert Paul Hay who we work with has put these useful links together for you.
Paul is also happy for parents to contact him with any questions you may have.
Mike Taylor is our Police Liaison Officer and he often shares with us useful information about potential online safety concerns that are trending. As a matter of course we email such concerns out to parents. We will also upload some of the information here:
Please see below Platform Guides for parents: