"An Internet We Trust" (SID 21)
At Southroyd we want to encourage children to learn how to use the world wide web successfully and safely. Internet safety is vital and we work as a school to regularly update our Safe Internet Use policy and ensure that we are well aware of online safety and how to get the most out of the internet. At school we will shortly celebrate International Safer Internet Day, on February 9th 2021 and we run regular lessons on online safety.
We reviewed our "Acceptable Internet Use" for Southroyd children and also talked about our netiquette (how we should behave online) At the same time we want children to discuss how we can make the "internet better for us" and not a means of taking over too much of our lives.
After the February 2021 survey, we found that children across school were more likely to meet other people online, using gaming.
Whereas pockets of children were users of Snapchat and Tik-Tok, the most common outlet for online meetings were Xbox, Playstation, Fortnite, Roblox etc.
Survey results showed that over half of all children across year groups Y2 to Y6 were communicating through gaming platforms. Snapchat was more significant than instagram, but only represented about 10% of respondees, which was slightly more than Tik-Tok, which remained of significance to just less than 10% of those who returned the survey.
As well as Snapchat becoming less prevalent, twitter and facebook were hardly used, with a small amount of children in Year 6 also using WhatsApp for communication usually on a phone.
Due to the need for many children to access remote learning, many children across all year groups were using a phone for internet access. This means that parents will need to ensure that their settings are child friendly, if the child is given free access to the phone.
Returns suggested that devices are used commonly for children to watch videos, with YouTube being the most common outlet. Please see this page for details on making YouTube more appropriate for your child.
Details of children's home usage is less significant this year, with the additional need for remote or home learning. Hence, details of children's screen time is less meaningful than in previous reports.
Here are our 2020 Safe Internet Posters for Ks1 and Ks2 developed through class council
Parent Support (Updated Feb 2021)
Privacy and Settings Advice
General Internet Safety Advice
Safety Online Direct Help
Look at the link below for advice on how to report abuse:
Staff Internet Policy