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E-Safety

E-safety is an integral part of your child’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning both in school and at home. We want to help our pupils and parents 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. The internet is an incredible, powerful tool which the majority of people use on a daily basis but it is important to remember that there are also many potential pitfalls to be aware of in order to remain safe online.

At Home

As a parent, you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. However, the technology which is used by children every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.

Please remember that the legal age to have an account on most social media (such as Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and Snapchat) is 13 years old. Children should also ensure they are not playing games online that are inappropriate for their age.

At School

As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher-supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and collaborative working online is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. However, as there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school: we operate a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials.

As part of the Computing curriculum, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet.  We also ask every child (and their parents) to sign an Acceptable Use Agreement so that we know they have read and understood our school's rules on staying safe.

Remote/ Home Learning

Every child in school has been provided with a Google Classroom account. This enables them to access a range of resources and work to complete at home to aid with their learning. We use this platform in school and also to set weekly homework activities. On this, your children have the opportunity to communicate with other people in their class but we have taken the safe approach of removing access to email accounts.

Google Classroom is managed by the members of staff in school and children are encouraged to share any technology concerns with their teachers. This way we can ensure that we are doing our utmost to keep our children safe online.

Websites for Support at Home

Here are some useful links to help you keep your children protected online.

https://parentinfo.org/ This is a great website made by the Department for Education. It has advice on everything from keeping children safe from online trolls to WhatsApp - a guide for parents.

https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers Offers ideas, information and resources for you to support your child’s safety online.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents Provides information on a range of topics such as gaming, stranger danger and you can search for different age ranges of children.

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ This is the website for safer internet. Each Year, Safer Internet Day is held in February.

Before allowing your child to use the internet, why not have a look at this checklist?

Checklist

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I have asked my child to show me sites they use.

By doing so, your child is including you in their online life and social activity. Show an interest and take note of the names of their favourite sites. You can then re-visit these when you are alone. Take your time to explore the space, find out how to set the safety features and learn how to report any issues directly to the site.

 

I have asked my child to set their profile settings to private.

Social networking sites, such as Facebook, are used by children to share information, photos and just about everything they do! Encourage your child to set their privacy settings to private. They need to think about the information they post online as it could be copied and pasted anywhere without their permission. If it got into the wrong hands, somebody may wish to use it against them or worst of all try to locate them in the real world. 

 

I have set appropriate parental controls on my child’s computer, mobile and games console.

Filters on computers and mobiles can prevent your child from viewing inappropriate and possibly illegal content. You can activate and change levels depending on your child’s age and abilities. You can also set time restrictions for using the internet or games. They can be free and easy to install. Call your service provider who will be happy to assist or visit CEOP’s parent’s site for further information. Explain to your child why you are setting parental controls when you talk to them about internet use. 

 

My child has agreed to tell me if they are worried about something online.

Sometimes children get into situations online where they don’t feel comfortable or see something they don’t want to see. By opening up the communications channel and talking to your child about the internet, their favourite sites and the risks they may encounter, they are more likely to turn to you if they are concerned about something.

 

I know where to get help if I’m concerned about my child.

The CEOP Safety Centre provides access to a range of services. If you are concerned that an adult has made inappropriate contact with your child, you can report this directly to CEOP. You can also find help if you think your child is being bullied, or if you’ve come across something on the internet which you may think might be illegal.