In April 2019, Mersey Park Primary School was awarded the 360 Online Safety Award.
Below are some highlights from the report:
- Management of online safety throughout the whole school is exemplary.
- There is an extensive online safety curriculum using a wide range of resources which the pupils find engaging.
- Communication with parents and carers and the support given to families is impressive and a real strength of the school.
Click here to read the full report.
These are the eSafety posters we have up around the school, the first poster is in every classroom in Key Stage 2 and the second is in every classroom in Key Stage 1:
We take e-Safety very seriously. You must make sure you are using it in a responsible way:
- Only talk to people you know
- Communicate in the same way you would in person
- Remember to follow guidelines given to you by adults
- Check the recommended age of any sites you are using
A quick warning from Virtual College Safeguarding News:
Internet users are targeting the children’s animation Peppa Pig by twisting the storylines and producing unsafe content for the age group by hiding them under the guise of official episodes. Creators have designed the episodes to closely resemble the art of the TV show, with some legitimate clips of the show placed in between the harmful clips, so that it is difficult for parents or children to distinguish between episodes that are fake.
Some of the videos show Peppa Pig involved in knife attacks and abductions where the characters are taken by ‘gangster’ pigs, by being captured in a net and dragged into a forest while the characters are distressed. There are also other videos showing extremist behaviour and explicit images. Please be vigilent in monitoring what your children are doing and watching online.
If you would like to find out more about this concern this factsheet will give you further information and some useful links.
If you are a parent wanting some more advice on up-to-date eSafety news and information please take a look at the widget to the right hand side. This will be updated regularly by E-safety Support with articles from the news, tips for parents and statistics on children using technology. Click on this link to find out more about the risks and dangers of being online and top tips to help keep children safe on the Internet and social networks courtesy of the NSPCC.
If you are a parent wanting some more advice on up-to-date eSafety news and information please take a look at the widget to the right hand side. This will be updated regularly by E-safety Support with articles from the news, tips for parents and statistics on children using technology.
Click on this link to find out more about the risks and dangers of being online and top tips to help keep children safe on the Internet and social networks courtesy of the NSPCC.
Help & Advice for Parents/Carers
NSPCC Share Aware
Please click here for a parents’ guide to being Share Aware.
Momo is an online “game” that encourages young people to harm themselves and in some cases even take their own lives. If you need more information and guidance about this please click here.
Sexting (Youth Produced Sexual Imagery)
Sexting is when someone shares sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sends sexually explicit messages.
They can be sent using mobiles, tablets, smartphones, laptops – any device that allows you to share media and messages.
The NSPCC provide a wealth of information for parents/carers to understand the risks of sexting so you can talk to your child about how to stay safe online and what to do if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable. For help and advice visit www.nspcc.org.uk/sexting
You could also take a look at either of these videos:
Reporting Online Concerns – CEOP
The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. They are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in activity which makes you uncomfortable with anyone online, or in the real world. They also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit their Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.
Live Streaming – Who is Sam?
The NSPCC have started a new campaign: Who is Sam? – to encourage parents to talk to their child about the behaviours that could put them at risk on live streaming platforms. The campaign features a short animation showing how offenders are able to build relationships with young people online.
Facing Online Challenges – BBC Own It website
The BBC has launched Own It, a website for 9 to 12 year olds, to help them maximise opportunities in the digital world as well as helping them to develop the confidence and resilience to tackle the everyday challenges they face online. Have a look at what is on the website by clicking on the link below:
Consumers Base e-Safety Guide
If you’re unsure how you can safeguard your children from digital threats, this guide is for you. This guide identifies the many things that put children at risk and reveal what you can do as a parent:
Staying Safe Online
Internet Matters have a free tablet based app to help parents have conversations with their children about staying safe while online. The App is an interactive game, where parents and children work together to answer multiple choice questions on a number of topics, e.g. cyberbullying, privacy & identity, inappropriate content. The app has been developed to target parents with children aged 8-11. Each answers a number of questions in order to earn points towards a ‘tilting’ game which can be played together. Download the tablet-only app for free from Appstore or Googleplay
If you would like more information about top tips to keep your child safe online, including the best free extensions for parental control, then please click here.
Setting Up Devices for Children
Are you unsure about how to set up a device safely for children? Have a look at this helpful poster below:
Here are some useful videos for your children to watch at home, they will help children understand the importance of not sharing personal information/pictures online:
For all our pupils these videos might give some helpful advice:
For our older children these videos might give some helpful advice:
Protecting your Child on the Internet Advice
The vpnMentor website has a very useful blog found here with lots of information about ‘Protecting your Child on the Internet’. It covers:
- Mobile phones and apps
- Streaming content and smart TVs
- Gaming consoles and online games
- Social media
- Privacy and information security
- Viewing inappropriate content online
- Online predators
This means you can dip in and out of it easily depending on the nature of your concern or the advice you want at the time.
Website, App and Games Suitability
The NSPCC have recently contacted school to promote their new website which provides parents, teachers and other adults with information about websites, apps or games to see if it is suitable for your child to be using. All you have to do is go to https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ by clicking on the link, then enter the name of the website, app or game into the search engine at the top. You will be provided with a wealth of information from recent research and surveys. This ensures you are able to make informed decisions on whether your child should be using the website, app or game.
The UK Safer Internet Centre has produced a very informative leaflet to support parents and carers with Online Gaming. The leaflet covers how and where to play, the risks associated with Online Gaming, some Top Tips, the SMART rules we recommend the children follow, FAQs and places to look for Support and Further Guidance: Online gaming an introduction for parents and carers 2017
A good website to regularly view is Connect Safely which provides an up to date forum of the safety implications associated with new technology. If you can keep up to speed on eSafety and technology then there is more chance your child will be following good practice.
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on:
and many more ‘How to Guides’. Well worth a read!
You Tube Safety
Click here for a parent factsheet about your child’s safety when using YouTube (produced by The Key Support Services).
If you would like more information or advice on Cyberbullying please look at our Cyberbullying Advice page by clicking here
Here is a great resource with lots of guidance on privacy settings and advice on apps your children might be using:
MPPS e-Safety and Cyberbullying Curiculum
We have a team of eSafety Cadets in school that work very hard with the staff to ensure all our children gain consistent, up to date information. To find out more about the Cadets please follow this link here.
During our eSafety week in November we ran a parents information session ‘Keeping Up With the Kids’. If you were unable to attend the meeting a copy of the slide show is available here: Keeping up with the Kids.
We regularly complete work on eSafety and Cyberbullying in school. By clicking on the link below you can see the whole of the eSafety and Cyberbullying curriculum that we teach here at Mersey Park:
In 2018 we shared our ‘Safer Internet Day’ activities with ‘One Day Creative’ again. This time however we chose to be involved in Pirate and Spy themed workshops based on e-Safety. These focused on the importance of creating strong passwords, being responsible online and not sharing important information. Here are some of the highlights in pictures:
In February 2017 we celebrated ‘Safer Internet Day’, we invited ‘One Day Creative’ into school to carry out a performance called ‘Level Up’ for both KS1 and KS2. The performance educated the children about the dangers of online gaming and how these dangers can be avoided. It also taught the children what they can do if they encounter any of the issues discussed and who they can go to for help. Please click on the link below to find out more information about the performance:
The children had both a fun and informative morning. Take a look at the pictures of the performance below:
We follow the SMART rules for using the Internet. Recently every child completed a ‘Support Web’ identifying who the children could turn to if they get an ‘uh-oh’ feeling in their tummy. They also enjoyed acting out scenarios of what can happen on the Internet and how to deal with this.
Altru Creative Education came to visit Mersey Park. The company performed an E-safety play for Key Stage 2. It was an extremely informative play which taught us all about the risks of using the Internet and the dangers of online use. The play helped us to consider ways that we can make our own Internet use safer.
Help & Advice for Children
If you are looking for help and advice for your children or some activities they can complete to learn more then look at our e-Safety page under the Pupils tab or click here.