The madrasah uses a range of resources to teach all our students – from Reception through to Teens – about online safety. This page will inform you about what we do and how you as parents and carers can further assist your children.
The school has an extensive e-safety policy, which covers all aspects of keeping children safe online, including:
- Who is responsible for each area of e-safety
- Teaching staff responsibilities
- Students responsibilities
- Our Technical Infrastructure including equipment, filtering and monitoring
- Mobile device policy including student devices such as mobile phones
- Digital image and video policies
- Data Protection
- Social Media Polices
- Student and Staff Acceptable Use Agreements
The e-safety policy is available to download from the ‘Policies’ section of the website.
Keeping children safe online does not end at the school gate. Children are almost universally connected by their plethora of devices; smart-phones, iPads, smart TVs and game-consoles.
All children of school age are digital natives, internet services have been available all their lives. The converse situation is true for parents, many of us would not have had a computer at home and perhaps only had a single computer at school during our early years. It can seem that children at times have a head-start and know more than we do – but parents tend to be well equipped when it comes to the internet and the connected environment. The internet actually offers many more opportunities than threats, however we still need to ensure that the children in our care are not exposed to inappropriate content, post things that could cause them issues or indeed have contact with individuals that could cause them harm.
Something that is often overlooked is screen time which can classed as a form of neglect. Many children today, irrespective of age, are spending around 17 hours per week on devices. There is a proven correlation between screen time and the adverse impact on cognition, memory and happiness and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have offered guidance that children should spend no more than two hours on screens per day.
The availability of devices has also increased with 80% of under 8’s having regular access to a device. The range of apps and technology can seem overwhelming to parents and carers and we hope the resources below will demystify the jargon and explain the online environment.
How to take Positive Action
In order to ensure children are kept safe online some positive action needs to be taken. This quick review should help you take a significant step to protect your children online.
Think about your own circumstances
- How many devices
- Smart TVs
- What online services do your family use
- What internet protection software / hardware do you use?
- What does your digital footprint look like?
- What if you had a problem?
- Are you a positive digital role model?
- Have you got a family agreement
- Practical resources
Control your Broadband
The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together to produce these helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider
Device Control Software
Qustodio – https://www.qustodio.com/en/
Designed to supervise, manage and protect your child’s device use on the go. There are free and subscription-based programs available. This is a cross-platform software which works on IOS, Apple, Android, windows and Mac.
Kaspersky Safe Kids 2020 – https://www.kaspersky.co.uk/safe-kids
Kaspersky Safe Kids is an advanced parental control app that helps you protect your kids. Manage their screen time, block adult content and see where they go.
Kaspersky Security – https://www.kaspersky.co.uk/total-security
Kaspersky Total Security helps protect your family when they surf, shop, socialise or stream. Plus, extra privacy protection securely stores their passwords & key documents, protects files & precious memories and helps safeguard kids from digital dangers.
DinnerTime Plus – http://www.dinnertimeapp.com/
Dinner Time is a user-friendly app parents can download to remind their children about taking time out from their mobile devices to study, get the sleep they need, and enjoy mealtime as a family. Features include Dinner Time, Bed Time and Take a Break control options. Words with apple and android phones.
Screen Time on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
With Screen Time, you can access real-time reports about how much time you child spends on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and set limits for what you want to manage. Screen Time lets you know how much time your kids spend on apps, websites, and more and limit or restrict access.
Making YouTube child-friendly
YouTube has child-friendly filters as some of its content may not be appropriate for children. We have included a link to a video to show you how to set this up at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtQat5HNYrI#action=share
Facebook for Parents
Facebook have similar information for parents which includes details on how to report incidents.
Apps Parents Should be aware of!
- Audio Manager
It’s nothing to do with managing music and has everything to do with hiding inappropriate images.
Works in the same way as Audio manager but dressed up as a calculator
Spies on parents and hides images and videos
Allows self-destructing images but these can be screen grabbed
- Burn note
Similar to snap chat but the text message disappears and can be used for cyber bullying
Mobile hub for chatting, video, photos but here is also a hidden chat feature
Allows opportunity to chat with strangers
Hooking-up and dating and allows users to rate each other
Allows people to meet through a GPS location
- KIK Messenger
Works like snapchat but users can communicate anonymously
- Ask Fm
An anonymous Q&A site
Tik Tok is a social media platform where children, teens, and even adults can interact with each other through messaging and sharing videos, which makes the app have a lot of safety concerns
- Doki Doki (Literature Club)
This game markets itself as a happy, colourful school dating game packed with childlike characters. It is easy to download, doesn’t require any parental checks and has gained a cult following among young people and gamers. However, it quickly takes a sinister twist generally involving depictions of self-harm, suicide and violence. This game has been singled out as being particularly disturbing to children because of the way it blurs the lines between the game’s fictitious story and real life – known as “breaking the fourth wall”.