At HVS we firmly believe that students should be given the opportunity to use the resources available to them responsibly and be supported in doing so. We are committed to helping them understand the dangers they face in an online world and have systems in place to support this.
As parents and carers it is your responsibility to understand their online world and to help them be safe.
1. Educate yourselves
2. Talk with them and listen to them
3. Encourage them to think critically and develop a healthy suspicion of what they see and who they meet online.
4. Be a positive role model
5. Agree some family ground rules
Internet Safety Resources
The Ultimate Parent Guide for Protecting Your Child on the Internet at the vpnMentor blog https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/
Stop It Now prevents child sexual abuse by engaging with and supporting adults, families and communities and through research and speaking out. Their booklet The Internet and Children contains tips and jargon explanations. https://www.stopitnow.org.uk/
Parents Protect! is a child sexual abuse awareness and prevention website with Internet Safety information. https://www.parentsprotect.co.uk/
Childnet International works in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children and produced a safety guide for parents and a Guide to Online Gaming. https://www.childnet.com/
National Online Safety makes it their mission to make the internet a safer place for children through equipping school staff, parents and children with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers and how best to react should an incident arise. You can access their parent guides here https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides. They also have an excellent free Parent App which you can read more about https://info.nationalonlinesafety.com/mobile-app
Staying Safe Online (by Catch 22)
App Safety.pdf (By Catch 22)
Internet Watch Foundation
NSPCC Net aware
Google Safety Centre
CEOP Think you know
Swiggle (safe Search Engine for kids)
- Download the PDF:
- Using Jamf Parent, you can restrict and allow apps and device functionality on your children’s devices. You can only manage your children’s devices with Jamf Parent outside the school day (8.45am to 3.25pm)
PROS Parents can monitor their child’s school iPad outside of school hours.
CONS Needs the parent to have an Apple Device.
Visit the website: https://one.one.one.one/family/ Stopping adult content in the home environment.
PROS Not full proof but a good way of stopping access to sites that deal with adult content.
CONS No limits of social-media or the content held within. Very easy to get around for a motivated student with access to Google
- ScreenTime on Mac/iPad/iPhone
- Visit the website: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208982
Our take on it: http://help.sjb.school/en/support/solutions/articles/4000138990-how-to-configure-screen-time-in-ios12-for-ipad-or-iphone-
- Screen Time on Windows 10 and X-Box One
- These are all covered by Microsoft’s Family Experience.
- Visit the website for Windows 10: https://www.howtogeek.com/666985/how-to-use-parental-controls-in-windows-10/
- Visit the website for X-Box: https://www.howtogeek.com/672818/how-to-limit-screen-time-on-an-xbox-one/
- Visit the website: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/account/ps4-parental-controls-and-spending-limits/
- Google Accounts, Chromebooks and Android devices
- Including – Google Play, Chrome, Search, YouTube etc
- Google’s family link app: https://families.google.com/familylink/
- Netflix has a very limited set of restrictions available just around the maturity rating.
- Visit the website: https://help.netflix.com/en/node/264
Paid for solutions
Norton’s Family Premier
Makes the Web safer for your kids to explore – by keeping you informed of which sites your kids are visiting, and letting you block harmful or inappropriate sites.
Visit the website: https://uk.norton.com/norton-family-premier
PROS Appears well reviewed and from a well known company
CONS Small cost
Qustodio (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Kindle)
Visit the website: https://www.qustodio.com/en/
PROS Free version to see if its worth spending money on. Reviews look good.
CONS Small cost to unlock some features