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As we begin to move towards using Google Classroom for home learning, think about these useful tips.
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Starting a conversation about online safety
It can be difficult to know how to start talking to your child about what they’re doing online or who they might be speaking to. But talking regularly, like you would about their day at school, will help your child feel relaxed and mean that when they do have any worries, they’re more likely to come and speak to you. It can help to:
- Reassure them that you're interested in their life, offline and online. Recognise that they'll be using the internet to research homework as well talking to their friends.
- Ask your child to show you what they enjoy doing online or apps they’re using so you can understand them.
- Be positive but also open about anything you're worried about. You could say "I think this site's really good" or "I'm a little worried about things I've seen here."
- Ask them if they're worried about anything, and let them know they can come to you.
- Ask them about their friends online and how they know they are who they say they are.
- Listen for the reasons why your child wants to use apps or site you don't think are suitable so you can talk about these together.
- Ask your child what they think's okay for children of different ages so they feel involved in the decision making.
The children and staff at Brockswood Primary School are able to access the Internet through the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning (HGfL).
The HGfL is a service currently supplied to all Hertfordshire Local Authority Schools.
The eSafety of children when using the Internet is of paramount importance to the school and we follow the latest advice of HfL to inform our policies and practice.
We know that parents and carers will also be very concerned that their children are protected and safe when using the Internet. The HfL website has a section dedicated to eSafety with advice to children, parents and carers, governors and school staff. The parent support section can be found at:
For details on our approach to online safety, please read Brockwood’s Online Safety Policy.
At Brockswood and Primary and Nursery School we are fully committed to the safeguarding of pupils and take e-Safety very seriously. With the support of parents, we pro-actively teach our pupils how to keep themselves safe online.
The Herts For Learning Parent eSafety Newsletter provides regular information and guidance. For the latest edition, please visit:
During the Spring Term, the children learnt all about how to stay safe online as part of Internet Safety Day.
Blogs can be very exciting; they allow people from all over the world to share our learning and make comments.
However, the internet can be a dangerous place. Using a blog safely is the most important thing about being a blogger. We need to remember to follow a few simple rules to minimise any risks, to ensure children stay safe and enable us to get the most out of our blog. The following rules, if followed, will minimise any risks and will ensure that you stay safe whilst blogging.
Don’t reveal any personal information. Never give away any personal information about your location or identity.
Don’t post pictures of yourself without specific permission from your teacher or parents.
Do not post photos from or links to other websites.
Never give out your log in details to anyone.
Don’t use text language in your posts.
Never use your name or other children’s names in your posts or blogs.
Comment on other people’s posts too. Blogging is about sharing your opinions with others.
Try to post about things that your audience would like to read.
If you see anything that shouldn’t be on your screen, tell your teacher or parents immediately.
Do visit other class blogs regularly to read and comment. We can learn so much from each other.
Try to show off your best work whilst blogging and use the tips people suggest to you to improve.
Our Blog is a public space, with other people looking at our work, so always be proud of what you’ve written or commented.
Always be polite and show respect – don’t post anything that could hurt anyone. Be positive if you are going to comment and always remember that the blog is an extension of our school that the rest of the world is able to see.
Please note that relatives who leave comments are also asked to use their first name only, or to post comments as ‘David’s Mum’ or ‘Susan’s Grandfather’.
Please remember that school reads and approves every blog post and comment before it appears on the website, so it might take a day or two. Don’t worry, your post is not lost in the web.