E-safety is an essential part of children’s education in today’s rapidly-changing digital world which is embedded in their learning at school. We want to help parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
You can download the DofE advice for parents on cyberbullying here
You can access the DofE online parents support website called Parent Info here
Children use the internet to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. But you might be worried about the risks your child can face online – such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
Engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media, we have suggested a few resources below which contain information on how to keep children safe online.
- Think U Know
- Smartphone Safe
- Parent Info
- Internet Matters
- NSPCC NetAware
- CEOP Command
- My Safety Net
- Protecting Kids Online
- National Online Safety
As part of the school curriculum, we provide children with access to the internet only in teacher-supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the internet is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern digital world. However, since there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. We have put into place an internet filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.
At the start of the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet.
For more information you can download our E-Safety policy here.
A fantastic resource that provides up to date information about all areas of online safety. These newsletters are taken from the website https://www.esafety-adviser.com/, written by e-safety adviser and expert; Alan Mackenzie.