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shebird Mon 03-Feb-14 18:58:49

Just wondered if any sort if internet and social media guidance is given to primary children, in particular years 5&6.

PatriciaHolm Mon 03-Feb-14 20:13:00

Ours have safety online talks from yr2. Things like not giving hit your real name, posting pics, not meeting up with anyone etc

shebird Tue 04-Feb-14 09:17:38

I have asked DD and she said they have done a little bit but not very much. Given that the internet is such a big part of life now and with schools encouraging it's use for homework research I would have expected that this might be incorporated into the ICT curriculum. I am not saying it is the sole responsibility of schools but they so many other campaigns perhaps they could leave the kids lunch boxes alone for a bit and look at where some real damage is being done.

Heifer Tue 04-Feb-14 09:45:13

Yes my DD (yr 5) has for a few years now - it seems to be an ongoing process. Also parents have been invited to attend forums where one of the topics was Internet Safety. It's a shame not all schools do this..

shebird Tue 04-Feb-14 14:53:21

Parent forums at school would be very useful. I am amazed at how naive and uninformed some parents are especially as more and more younger kids now have tablets.

PatriciaHolm Tue 04-Feb-14 15:02:16

We've had parents meetings about it too, useful even if you think you know what you are doing!

MrsCakesPremonition Tue 04-Feb-14 15:05:43 has some excellent resources for children, parents and schools.

shebird Tue 04-Feb-14 16:27:07

Thank you Mrs very useful.
My main concern is that some kids in DDs class have started using social networking sites and sharing photos. It's all pretty innocent for now but I am not sure they understand the implications and importance of privacy not to mention that they primary kids and too young to be on these sites anyhow.
One parent has admitted that she had no idea what her DD was doing online as she was out of the loop where social media is concerned.

shebird Tue 04-Feb-14 16:28:07

Sorry about typos sausage fingers today.

sittingbythepoolwithenzo Tue 04-Feb-14 18:25:53

Our school have had an assembly for years 5 & 6 after an incident. The problem is that you can't stop parents allowing 9 year olds to have instigram (is that what it's calledblush ) and watching 18 films. Or playing 18 computer games.

I don't actually think the assembly will make much difference - the children with these accounts are hardly going to cancel them because the Head told them too.

Hulababy Tue 04-Feb-14 20:35:46

At school we use and in particular Hector's World. Hector is on every computer in school, and we have posters next to every computer regarding Hector, tips for when on line, etc.

We teach internet safety from EYFS. I am in charge of this at my school - so have spoken to all year groups, discussed Hector and how to use him, and how to stay safe online in age appropriate terms. Our eldest are y2.

We will do more again this week, as a quick recap, as we have some LEA review on anti bullying and e safety coming up. The initial survey we did last week does, however, suggest ur children are getting pretty good at knowing what to do if something bothers them online.

It is Safer Internet Day 2014 next week on the 11th. We will have some special tasks for the KS1 morning starter linked to Internet safety thsat day, and highlight it more during ICT/Computing lessons next week too.

Before Easter we are having some y7 cyber mentorrs come in to do some special sessions with KS1 - not sure about EFS yet - focusing on e-safety.

Y2 will be having some time in their computing lessons later this year introducing them to e-mail and instant messaging, on computers and iPads - again, a big focus on appropriate se, keeping safe online.

Hulababy Tue 04-Feb-14 20:37:11

Oh - and forgot about parent sessions. Once a year we have an Open Evening where parents can come in and go to varous shrt workshops, have a look round at resources, etc. The ICT suite is open at this time, and we have a short presentation about e-safety during this.

Hulababy Tue 04-Feb-14 20:39:10

sory for another update:

As of September 2014 e-safety becomes part of all subjects and at all key stages. Any time a child is asked to use the computer/tablet and especially if going online teachers will be expected to remind them of internet safety and rules.
It does remain in the Computing curriculum too, but under a slightly different heading which also includes using equipment safely. (turning on an doff properly, etc)

shebird Mon 17-Feb-14 20:46:58

ThanksHula it is good to know it is part of the curriculum.

JumpingJetFlash Mon 17-Feb-14 23:14:19

Most schools will do some things around internet and cyber safety each year at an age appropriate level (though not all have a session involving parents).

I do however think that it's completely unacceptable for a parent of a Y5 child to say "she has no idea as she's out of the loop" - it's her responsibility to
a) find out about it BEFORE they give their child devices that can access the internet etc
b) know exactly what their child is on and the implications.
c) Have overall control of their child's accounts - especially when the child has had to fake their age to get an account in the first place.

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