E-Safety encompasses not only Internet technologies but also electronic communications via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. It highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
Download our school policy on E-Safety :-
Additional resources for parents and carers :-
So what are the dangers?
The Internet is like bringing a city into your living room: there are the exciting places for children to go and enjoy but also lots of places where you wouldn’t want your children to go unsupervised! The main dangers for children can be grouped into:
from someone online who may wish to harm them. Children must re-learn the “stranger=danger” rule in a new context and never give out personal details or meet alone with anyone they’ve contacted via the Internet.
keep an eye on the material your children are looking at and agree the ground rules about where your children go and how they behave.
Excessive Commercialism and advertising which invades your child’s privacy. Encourage your children not to fill out forms which ask for lots of personal details.
What about mobile phones?
The issues about being careful online apply equally to mobile telephones. The next generation of mobiles and handheld devices will have more and more Internet facilities on them. It is very important to encourage your children not to give out their mobile numbers to strangers or people they cannot trust completely. Talk about the sort of text messages your children are receiving and sending.
Stick to the positive
Encourage your children to stick to the fun and positive sites on the Net that reinforce their interests. Just as you look out for good TV programmes for children take the time to find the best and most useful websites for you and your family.
Can’t I just use a filter?
Filtering software can help to block a lot of inappropriate material but they are not 100% effective and are no substitute for good parental involvement. Internet use at school is closely filtered through the county’s system. But many children use the Net at friend’s homes, Internet cafes, libraries and youth clubs where there may be no filters and little supervision. It’s therefore important to help educate your children about how to behave online and discuss problems which they may have. It helps to keep the computer in a family room – not tucked away in a bedroom.
But my kids know more than I do!
Many adults can feel intimidated in using the Internet and are baffled by some of the terms and technology. While it is true that many children may have better technical skills than you, children still need parental advice and protection in using this new tool. After all, you can teach your children the importance of wearing a seat belt in a car without understanding how the car engine works!
Miss T Knight
If you require any further information please contact Miss Knight – Data Protection Officer on 01482 825279.
Useful Links for Parents
This website gives teachers, parents and school leaders practical advice and information on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.
NSPCC has recently launched their Share Aware campaign – a campaign for parents of children aged 8-12 to help reassure you and give you everything you need to keep your child safe – follow the links below for more information.
Share Aware parents guide
A guide to social networks
Childnet International’s Kidsmart website has a section for young people aged 11 plus, dealing with mobiles, file-sharing, chat, trackback (for example, digital footprints) and privacy.
The site also includes games, competitions and a gallery of young people’s artwork on how to stay safe online.
It reinforces the SMART rules, and has additional sections for teachers and for parents and carers.
Bullying Online is an online help and advice service combating all forms of bullying. Sections for pupils, parents and schools cover the subject of cyberbullying, with advice on topics including:
- how to stay safe on the internet
- mobile phone bullying and happy slapping
- dangerous websites
- abusive websites
Bullying Online also provides an email service for pupils in need of further help and advice.
This website, developed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, provides information for young people on how to stay safe online. It covers various topics, including:
- social networking
- P2P TV
Each of the parents’ topics includes a summary of what’s good, what’s bad and what parents can do to help their children stay safe.
In all areas of the site, there are prominent links to the CEOP ‘report abuse’ page where you can make a complaint or report a problem.
CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.
Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
Here, you can find out about, and report harmful online content. Provided by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the reporting wizard allows you to find all the guidance you need and also report online harmful content so we can investigate your incident.