Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly
Pentley Park, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 7SD
The internet is a fantastic tool and used almost daily in our work, education and school lives.
At Templewood, we aim to provide children with the skills needed to be safe online, how to identify possible dangers and where to go for help if needed, so that they can play games and chat with friends.
Pupils are taught about copyright and respecting other people's information, images etc through discussion, modelling and activities.
Pupils are aware of the impact of Cyberbullying and know how to seek help if they are affected by any form of online bullying. Pupils are also aware of where to seek advice or help if they experience problems when using the internet and related technologies.
At Templewood pupils are taught to critically evaluate materials and learn good searching skills through cross-curricular teacher models, discussions and via the Computing curriculum.
Please use these recommended reads to help keep your child safe online:
Advice from HfL:
Please see the links below to HfL's termly newsletters, produced for Schools, Parents and Carers:
There is also additional information and advice about supporting young people can be found by clicking below on the titles of the below leaflets. These are provided by Childnet International.
Copies of the above leaflets are found below in additional languages.
The CEOP – Children Exploitation and Online Protection – website is a direct link to the police if something online needs to be reported. The CEOP symbol can be found on many websites and can be clicked to follow the link.
Cartoon or storybook aimed at children aged 5 to 7
Lee and Kim are brother and sister. They like playing on the internet together and their favourite game is Animal Magic - your child might enjoy similar sites such as Club Penguin or Moshi Monsters.
Lee and Kim find themselves in a tricky situation and are helped by ‘Sid’ the super hero. Through Sid’s words of wisdom they learn the importance of being nice to others online, not to share personal information and who to tell if they are worried.
Jigsaw for 8-10 year olds
The film Jigsaw is a story about a young girl called Becky who likes to use social networking sites. She has her own profile where she shares information like the things she enjoys and photos of herself and her friends.
Becky has been talking to somebody who she believes to be another child. It turns out to be a man who has lied to her.
This 10 minute film shows that when you talk to people online and tell them too much about yourself, you might as well be inviting them through your front door.
Before playing this film, discuss with your child what they know about social networking sites, are they using one?
After playing Jigsaw, discuss what happened to Becky and how by taking some simple steps they can keep themselves safe online. Make sure your child knows:
How to set their profile to private.
They should only talk to people they know and trust in the real world.
That you are there to support them.
How to report anything that upsets them.
Cyber bullying (also called 'online bullying') is when a person or a group of people uses the internet, email, online games or any other kind of digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else.
It is anticipated that the majority of children will experience this at some point in their lives and mainly when a teenager. The following book to share with younger children has been provided by childnet.
Digiduck's Big Decision e-book
If you feel your child is a victim of cyber bullying or another form of bullying please get in touch with school as soon as possible and we will be more than happy to discuss this and work to find a solution. 01462 456997
Children who require further advice and do not have a trusted adult can access the childline page by clicking on the image below
( a parent’s guide to the most commonly downloaded apps)
http://www.pegi.info/en/index/ ( age ratings for games. This website also explains why each game is the rating it is)
http://ourpact.com/ ( free app to allow parent’s to set screen time limits and app restrictions)
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/social-media# ( a parent’s guide to social media)