As the internet becomes an increasingly powerful tool in our lives, it is important that we remain up to date with the latest developments and the implications these may have for our children.
At Archdeacon Cambridge's, an important part of our PSHE and Computing curricula is Digital Citizenship and Online Safety. We believe that ensuring parents and children are well informed is the most effective way to keep children safe online.
Safer Internet Day 2023 will take place on the 7th of February 2023, with celebrations and learning based around the theme ‘Want to talk about it? Making space for conversations about life online’.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
In the UK, we are celebrating by putting children and young people’s voices at the heart of the day and encouraging them to shape the online safety support that they receive. That is why we are asking parents, carers, teachers, government, policymakers, and the wider online safety industry to take time to listen to children and young people and make positive change together.
This year we are hoping to answer the following questions:
With your help, Safer Internet Day 2023 can be a springboard for conversations that shape how we talk about and respond to online issues, not just for one day, but throughout the whole year.
Many of our families will introduce new technology to their homes this year. We recommend that all parental controls are set up before your children receive any new devices as, once the children get their hands on them, it will be almost impossible for you to do this.
This website provides step-by-step guides for setting up parental controls on almost all devices.
Parental Controls & Privacy Settings Guides - Internet Matters
These QR codes will take you directly to instructions for setting up controls on your device.
PARENTAL CONTROL SOFTWARE
These are packages that our school team has personal experience of using. There are many other packages available. We advise that settings are such that children are only allowed to download apps with parental consent.
SOCIAL NETWORKING AND GAMING
We are aware that many of our families rely on technology to remain in touch with loved ones and school friends. The following page offers a series of short information videos highlighting important considerations for parents with regards to children's use of social networking apps and in-game chat. UKCIS Social media guide for parents and carers - Internet Matters
ONLINE SAFETY WEBSITES
These websites are good 'go-to' sites for general information about current Online Safety trends and advice.