At Queenswell Junior School we believe Online Safety is extremely important. We work very hard to support our children in learning about the online world and the possible dangers they may encounter.
Our online safety focus for the second half of the Autumn Term 2019-2020 is Anti-Bullying Week 2019: Change Starts With Us. Anti-Bullying Week happens in schools across England each November. This year's Anti-Bullying Week has the theme Change Starts With Us and is happening from Monday 11th November - Friday 15th November 2019.
During Anti-Bullying week pupils will spend their computing lessons working on activities exploring how making small, simple changes, we can break the bullying / cyber-bullying cycle and create safe environments for everyone, because together, we can challenge bullying. Change starts with a conversation. It starts with working together. Change starts with us.
Would you like some support in setting up parental controls on your child’s / ren’s devices? They may be spending time online this Christmas, and some may also be fortunate enough to receive gifts of new devices or games. We encourage the positive use of technology and understand its role in fun and learning – at school and at home. But there are risks to all online activity, so we would like to tell you about an opportunity to find out more. On 16 December at 7.30pm there will be a free Facebook Live session which will cover what to watch out for, top tips for staying safe, parental controls you can set and forget, and the opportunity to ask questions.
Here are some tips to help you build a great password:
Base your password on a word, e.g. coolman
Include upper and lower case letters, e.g. CoolmaN
Include symbols, e.g. C**lmaN
Include numbers, e.g, C**lmaN8
Make your password 8 characters long
Don’t use personal information (name, address, email, phone number, birth dates, etc.), or common words in your password.
Don't use a password that is easy to guess, like your nickname, name of your school, favourite football team, etc.
But on the other hand don’t over complicate your password, C**!m@8 because you will not remember it!
There have been a number of press reports recently about different apps and websites that are not suitable for children.
We advise that you:
are always aware of the age restrictions on the apps/websites that your children are using and talk to them about what they do online.
setup privacy settings and be aware that when things are posted online they can be copied and shared by others.
block and report users or posts that are worrying or upsetting to the website/app.
Further advice can be found at:
We celebrated Safer Internet Day 2019 on Tuesday 5th February. The theme was: Together for a better internet. During computing lessons over the week of 4/2/19 - 7/2/19 children focussed on Understanding consent in a digital world.
There are also sections on "Ask the experts: your digital dilemmas and Don’t panic! What to do if…"
NSPPC NetAware have reviewed the most popular sites, apps and games that children and young people use, e.g. Minecraft, Instagram & WhatsApp. Click the image below to find out more information about content suitability, age ratings, quotes from parents, children and young people.
If you are worried about online abuse, the way someone has been communicating with someone you know online or child exploitation you can report it to CEOP.
Parent Info from CEOP and Parent Zone provides expert information to help children and young people stay safe online. Take a look at the latest Parent Info feed below for all their latest articles and frequently updated content.