Online Safety

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

There is a wealth of resources to help support you and your child navigate this digital world


Stop It Now

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/
Stop It Now
Parents Protect! is a child sexual abuse awareness and prevention website with Internet Safety information. https://www.parentsprotect.co.uk/
Childnet
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/
Stop It Now
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
Stop It Now
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) are part of the police who investigate and deal with cases of online grooming. Their Child Protection Advisors are fully trained to offer support and guidance to any young people who are worried about online grooming. You can find more information and contact CEOP directly on their website ThinkUKnow.

 

Additional Resources:

Staying Safe Online (by Catch 22)
App Safety.pdf (By Catch 22)
Internet Watch Foundation
NSPCC Net aware
Transl8it
Google Safety Centre
CEOP Think you know
Childline
Swiggle (safe Search Engine for kids)
Cybersmile Foundation

 

 

Restriction/Monitoring Solutions

1.1.1.1

Visit the website: https://one.one.one.one/family/ for stopping adult content in the home environment.

PROS

  • No cost
  • Quick to setup across an entire network
  • 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.
  • Relativley easy to get around for a motivated student with access to Google.
  • No reporting

With free and paid plans NextDNS is a good low cost option. https://nextdns.io/

PROS

  • App based on mobile devices
  • Works anywhere

CONS

  • Limited requests on the free tier
  • Little to no reporting

Other options

Personal Google Accounts, Chromebooks and Android devices
Including – Google Play, Chrome, Search, YouTube etc
Google’s family link app: https://families.google.com/familylink/

ScreenTime on Mac/iPad/iPhone
Visit the website: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208982

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/

Playstation
Visit the website: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/account/ps4-parental-controls-and-spending-limits/

Netflix
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
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 (we haven’t had reason to test it)

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.
  • Well reviewed by those who’ve used it.

CONS

  • Small cost to unlock some features

Other options

PCMag have a good run down of other resources: https://uk.pcmag.com/parental-control-monitoring/79219/the-best-parental-control-apps-for-your-phone