Online Safety (E-Safety)
What is E-Safety?
E-safety is about staying safe whilst accessing various devices which usually include the internet, including social networking sites, online game sites, using consoles that allow access to chat facilities and mobile technology such as mobile phones and tablet devices. E-saftey includes avoiding viruses, identifying accurate information and not giving personal information to untrustworthy sources.
Why is E-Saftey important?
E-safety is important because it safeguards the concerns of children and young people. It also emphasises the importance and use of new technologies in a positive way and encourages young people safer online behaviours.
What can I do as a parent to keep my child safe?
Keep your computer, laptop or tablet in the family room so that you can monitor what your child is accessing.
Only allow your child to become members of games or sites that are monitored or moderated (a monitored site should identify risks or inappropriate content).
Check through the browsing history of your internet search engine.
Ask your child what they are playing and who they might be talking to.
Do not sign your child up to social networking sites such as Facebook. There are age restrictions in place many of which start at 13.
Regularly check your child’s mobile phone, ensuring that they are only talking to close friends or family.
Remind your child to never give out any personal information such as; full name, date of birth, address or telephone number.
Set up parental controls through your internet service provider. Follow the link for more advice Safer Internet - Advice and Resources or please ask in school.
What we do at school to keep your child safe?
In school all internet access is filtered. We also use software that monitors the children's use of the internet which logs all activity. Children are also taught how to make educated judgments regarding the information that hey access on the internet, this is also included in our 'Acceptable Use Policy' that all children sign at the beginning of every academic year.
We are aware that a range of electronical equipment is being used to access learning opportunities at home, including smart phones, laptops, computers and tablets.
The Department for Education (DfE) have updated their information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
- Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
Please share these e-Safety guidelines with your children to ensure everyone is remaining safe.
Staying Safe Online - Top Tips
- Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
- Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online, most people can see it and may be able to download it. It’s not just yours anymore.
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
- Never give out your passwords.
- Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
- Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online.
- Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
- Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
- Respect other people’s views.
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried, leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
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