At Cantrell, we realise how the internet has changed the way children interact with the world. They have access to in-depth knowledge, tools to express their creativity and people from all over the world. We promote this tool and provide stimulating activities for children to develop their skills in this area of the curriculum. However, along with this fascinating new way to connect with the world, the internet offers new risks.
•Exposure to inappropriate material
•Revealing personal information
It is important to ensure that all children are aware of these risks and learn to use the internet safely and responsibly.
As a school we:
•Ensure all children are aware of the risks online
•Ensure children feel safe to report incidents
•Access Online- Safety meetings/ training
•Provide information for staff and parental training
There are lots of things you can do to keep yourself safe online.
Talk to your children about...
Think before you post
Don’t upload or share anything you wouldn’t want your parents, carers, teachers or future employers seeing. Once you post something, you lose control of it, especially if someone else screenshots or shares it.
Don’t share personal details
Keep things like your address, phone number, full name, school and date of birth private, and check what people can see in your privacy settings.
Watch out for phishing and scams
Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving them information, like your password. Someone might also try to trick you by saying they can make you famous or that they’re from a talent agency. Never click links from emails or messages that ask you to log in or share your details, even if you think they might be genuine. If you’re asked to log into a website, go to the app or site directly instead.
Think about who you’re talking to
There are lots of ways that people try to trick you into trusting them online. Even if you like and trust someone you’ve met online, never share personal information with them like your address, full name, or where you go to school.
Keep your device secure
Make sure that you’re keeping your information and device secure.
Never give out your password
You should never give out your password or log-in information. Make sure you pick strong, easy to remember passwords.
Some viruses will let someone access your webcam without you knowing, so make sure you cover your webcam whenever you’re not using it.
STAYING SAFE AT HOME - USEFUL WEBSITES
If you’re at home and worried and need somebody to talk to, you can contact Childline on this number or go to their website to contact an adult who can talk to you about any worries you have, no issue is too big or small.
If you are concerned about a child and not sure what to, don't wait until you're certain: if you have any concerns or suspicions of neglect or cruelty, click here to go the NSPCC to report any concerns.
If you feel anxious or worried, this website has lots of activities you can use to help you feel better:
Or try making a keep calm kit, following these instructions:
Staying Safe Online
You might be spending a lot more time online. It is very important to be careful who you are talking to online. Follow these rules and you won’t go wrong! This applies to all the websites and apps you might use like Roblox, Minecraft or TikTok.
Information for Parents
There is support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
Let’s Talk About It (support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation)
Everyone needs help sometimes and that’s especially true of parents trying to stay switched-on to their children’s online safety. Click here - Safeguarding Children for some helpful advice and guidance.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline Thinkuknow