Dear Parents and carers,
Keeping children and young people safe online during the current circumstance can be a real challenge for parents and carers and even more so at the moment when the amount of time spent online increases. The benefits of being able to connect with each other via the internet and using the latest technology are enormous. However, with this comes possible risks to pupils and these risks are even greater with children and young people using the internet, unsupervised, for both education and entertainment purposes while schools are closed and everyone is being asked to #StayAtHome to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
One of the most effective methods of keeping young people safe online is to raise awareness. This can be done by having conversations at home and also parents and pupils participating in a range of online activities which focus on raising awareness of keeping safe online ( https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets ).
The national guidance recommends that parents review security and safety settings, check facts and guard their child against disinformation, be vigilant against fraud and scams, and manage the amount of time their child spends online. The online link for this guidance is:
Other helpful sources of advice can be found on the Hollywater School website (https://www.hollywaterschool.co.uk/links-to-guidance/ ) and in addition to these links information can also be found on the following websites :
* Parentzone https://parentzone.org.uk/advice/parent-guides#
* UK Safer Internet Centre https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
* Digital Parenting Magazine
If you have any questions or queries about online safety then please don’t hesitate to contact school via the school email.
Cyber Ambassadors scheme has been introduced in schools across Hampshire.
The main aim of the scheme is to skill-up a small number of students in education settings on key online safety issues. These informed students then pass on their learning and offer helpful support to their peers promoting good digital citizenship and civility.
As part of their Duke of Edinburgh award the Silver Ostriches have trained to become Hollywater Cyber Ambassadors using the #GoFISH resources.
Primary Cyber Ambassador resources
Secondary Cyber Ambassador resources
Advice and support for parents, carers and guardians as part of our commitment to working in partnership to keep children and young people safe.
As part of their #WakeUpWednesday campaign, The National Online Safety Team has created a free guide for parents & carers to help you to stay vigilant when your children are using the App Store. The App Store is used by most Apple device owners and, with millions of apps to choose from and download onto their devices, it’s important that parents know how to help their children use the App Store safely. This free guide covers what you need to know regarding the associated risks of the store including look-alike apps, in-app purchases, inappropriate material and more. You will find the guide for parents & carers here: