At Varna Community Primary School, we have a strong commitment to internet safety. All children are taught about keeping safe on the internet on a regular basis. We also feel that it is important that parents fully understand the dangers of the internet and how to keep themselves and their children safe.
Safer Internet Day 2021
An internet we trust: exploring reliability in an online world
Join us in celebrating Safer Internet Day. This years theme is, 'An internet we trust. Exploring reliability in the online world.' This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day explores reliability online. The campaign will focus on knowing what to trust online and the strategies that young people use to question, challenge and change the online world. The internet has an amazing range of information and opportunities online, and can help us see the world from different points of view. But how do we separate fact from fiction, the genuine from the misleading? How do we decide what to believe online, and what’s the impact of dealing with fake content and experiences?
During the day, the children will explore how they can use the internet responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Click on the resources below to see how you can join in with the celebrations.
Please click on the guides below to find out about remote learning and how to clean devices.
National Online Safety (NOS)
National Online Safety has recently launched their parent app. It has parent training and hundreds of guides to support you, particularly during this time when screen time is increasing. The app is available to download from Google Play and App Store.
Where to report and get help?
Safer Internet Help
Information about what to do if a child comes to you for help and advice about how to report online concerns such as cyberbullying, inappropriate content or illegal behaviour.
The Internet Watch Foundation
The Internet Watch Foundation is the UK’s hotline for reporting illegal content found on the internet. It deals specifically with child abuse and criminally obscene images hosted in the UK and internationally.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
The CEOP is a police agency tackling child abuse on the internet. This website includes a unique facility that enables parents and young people to make reports of actual or attempted abuse online. www.ceop.police.uk
CEOP’s website contains information for children and parents, as well as a link for children to report abuse online.
If you have concerns about the safety of a child then contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email email@example.com.
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. The Childnet website hosts all the online resources detailed below, as well as a number of recommended resources for young people, parents, and careers.
Childnet’s guide contains helpful advice and information on supporting children and young people playing games online.
You can also visit AskAboutGames for parental controls and advice linked to video consoles and games.
Social Network Checklists
Free guides produced by the UK Safer Internet Centre that contain detailed instructions and information on privacy and account settings on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.
Young People & Social Networking Sites
Aims to help parents understand the positive and creative ways young people are using social networking spaces (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). It also points out the potential risks of using these sites and ways to minimise these risks.
Safety Tools on Social Networks and other Online Services
Information and advice on the safety tools, age requirements and terms and conditions for a variety of online services popular with young people.
A Parents’ Guide to Technology
The UK Safer Internet Centre has created this guide to answer commonly asked questions and introduce some of the most popular devices used by children, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly.
Internet Parental Controls
The four big internet providers - BT, Sky, Talk Talk and Virgin Media - provide their customers with free parental controls that can be activated at any time. Video tutorials on how to download and use these controls are available on the UK Safer Internet Centre website.
For more information for a particular age group click on the links below:
under 5 age 6 - 10 age 10+
If you have received or sent any information, images or video to someone whom you do not know, you may want to talk about this with someone.
You can share a concern with staff at school. The named staff for safeguarding in our school are Miss Livesey, Miss Pilling, Mr Crossley, Mr Hindmarsh, Miss Doherty, Mrs Cheetham and Mrs Cooper.
Join the Legends Family in this short, animated series as they go on a journey to Interland and learn some very important lessons about internet safety along the way. Click on the picture below to access each episode.
Watch the episodes together and complete the challenges. You can upload these to your childs Google Classroom.