Children at The Croft Preparatory School use the internet on a frequent basis as part of their learning. In school, we educate the children regularly about 'e-safety' to remind them of the importance of keeping themselves safe online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society and materials. We believe that by fostering a sensible approach at home and at school, we will be able to equip children with the skills they need to become responsible users of technology. Here are some tips to help you to keep your child safe online at home:
Get involved in your child’s internet use.
Explore e-safety sites - There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children on our E-safety Resources for Parents site (linked below). Take time to browse through them with your child.
Have children ask permission before using the internet or devices.
Create a family email address for registering online.
Set rules, time limits and agree boundaries.
Keep your computer in a shared area - talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can be aware of the sites your children are accessing.
Ensure that your child does not give out any personal details to people they may meet online, including on games consoles such as Xbox and PS3.
Encourage the use of search engines designed specifically for children such as Safe Search and swiggle.org.uk.
Use parental and privacy controls.
Encourage children to tell a trusted adult if they feel sad or uncomfortable about something that happens online.
If you have any concerns about safety online, please contact the Headmaster or the school's E-safety Coordinator.