At Priestlands School we take E-Safety seriously. In this section of the website, you can find out more about the guidance we are giving to our students on how to keep themselves and others safe online.

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Online Grooming

It’s Internet Safety Day and this week’s LOSA [Lockdown Online Safety Advice #5] is to raise awareness of online grooming.

By necessity, at the moment, most children are spending more time than usual online. Their online live lessons are delivered through the safety of Microsoft Teams, but it is the leisure time online where the risks tend to lie. We know that being online is important socially for young people; there is an exciting world of entertainment, communication and knowledge out there! And it would be unreasonable and counter-productive to try to keep them safe by somehow blocking access to the internet.

Although our young people may assure us that they know all about staying safe online, we believe that there is value in giving regular reminders. One reminder we regularly make is to ask yourself ‘How sure am I about the identity of the person I’m talking to?

We thoroughly recommend the Internet Matters website and this week we attach their excellent, brief but informative guide ‘What parents need to know about online grooming.’ (PDF) It explains what is meant by ‘online grooming’ and covers:

Ways to protect your child
• Talking about it
• Tools to keep them safe
• Spotting the signs
• Steps to take if it happens

The routes for reporting concerns are made clear in the attached guide, but if you would like to speak to someone at school for advice about concerns you may have about your child’s online safety please feel free to get in contact.


Mental Health and ESafety

It’s Children’s Mental Health Week, and it comes at a difficult time for lots of families. With most children not able to be in school or see their friends, we know that many may be struggling to see an end to it all.


ParentZone have got plenty of resources to help you support your family during this tricky period. We recommend visiting their website. Their new Remote Schooling SOS livestream (YouTube) is packed with advice for parents and about all aspects of lockdown learning.
Episode 3 covers how gaming and creativity can have a positive effect on a child’s mental health. If you missed last week’s show on the differences between online and offline learning, you can catch up here, and check their YT playlist for all episodes.


If your child would like a member of staff to contact them for a chat please encourage them to get in touch with us via  hear4u@priestlands.hants.sch.uk and we will make sure they are contacted by someone they know.


How can I help my child have a safer digital Christmas?

Look no further than this useful article from Internet Matters:
https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/question/how-can-i-help-my-child-have-a-safer-digital-christmas/

Gaming Consoles and Christmas

When choosing a new games console to purchase this Christmas, it’s important to think about who in the family will be using it, where it will be used, what it offers over existing technology you already have and the type of content you’re happy for your children to have access to. With new gaming consoles at the top of many wish lists this year this is a timely reminder of how to set up parental controls and child accounts.

To find out more, read the excellent Playstation 5 advice sheet from National Online Safety, and see the information offered by Internet Matters to keep you and your family safe online - internetmatters.org


On-line Gaming and Gambling

Historically, on-line gambling meant gambling with cards, roulette or slot machines. Nowadays it means something entirely different for our teenagers.

You may have seen stories in the news about 'loot boxes' and 'skin betting' but what are these and why should we be cautious?

To find out more, click here to take you to the Priestlands SAFE section, read the excellent advice sheet from National Online Safety and see the information offered by the BBC and ParentZone to keep your family safe online.

National Online Safety advice sheet: Online Gambling - recognising the signs (PDF)

Parentzone - Loot boxes

BBC - Loot box breakdown

All our e-safety advice can be found on this page


Be SMART: Online Safety Video Lessons for 6 - 9 year olds

Our online safety updates are usually focused on supporting students of secondary age-range. This week we are recommending some brilliant resources for a younger age range because we know lots of our students have younger siblings.

Be SMART : Online Safety Video Lessons for 6 - 9 year olds (Childnet) Childnet have released six new easy-to-follow videos for parents and children to work through together. The 10 - 15 minute videos offer simple, clear online safety advice using fun activities, games and discussion. There are optional follow-up activities to extend children's learning. The videos can be found here: https://www.childnet.com/resources/video-lessons

Maybe Priestlands students can ‘teach’ their younger siblings!


Child online safety during lockdown: where to report

As a parent, you are in the best position to notice if something isn’t quite right with your child. While most children only have positive experiences online, occasionally things can go wrong. And with children likely to be spending more time on the internet during lockdown, it is more important than ever for you and your child to know the best reporting and support routes. Children, and their parents, can make a report to CEOP if they are concerned about sexual abuse online. Click here to see a guide to CEOP in a new ParentInfo article


Parents guide to Internet Controls

Screen time is often one of the most debated topics in households across the UK. You know your children spend a fair chunk of each day connected to their digital devices whether it's for entertainment or schoolwork but are you sure they are safe?

The major internet providers may supply internet filtering - check out this SaferInternet article on how to enable them:

Read this NOS guide too for various other techniques.


Interactive online workshop for all our parents and carers

With our students spending even more of their time on- line during lockdown, it’s even more important that we work together to ensure they are keeping themselves safe. 

Last January, I invited all parents to take part in an interactive on- line workshop aimed at protecting their children on-line.

If you haven’t already signed up, please read through the letter and follow the attached guide with steps on how to navigate the course. Alternatively, click on the link below to go straight to the website.

Please read through the letter (updated 5/2020) with important information of how you can take part and be ahead of the game to empower you to have the knowledge and understanding of how you can protect your children.  Each module consists of a short video linked to a specific on-line topic and in order to complete the course I would encourage you to view each one of them.

Please use the following link to sign up: http://nationalonlinesafety.com/enrol/priestlands-school

Click here for a Parent Guide (PDF)


Clinical Psychologist Dr Asha Patel on the signs and possible causes of low mood in children and young people, and how parents can help - Full Article here.

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