What is E-Safety?
‘E-Safety’ is a term used to describe how we keep children safe when they are using any kind of technology- including the Internet, mobile phones and computer games. Children these days are ‘tech literate’ but it is important to remember that adults are ‘life literate’ – and just because children may be more confident than some adults in using the internet, they still need our involvement, advice and support.
New technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people in today’s society, both within school and in their lives outside school. The internet and other digital information and communication technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning. Young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.
Our school ensures:
- That pupils are responsible users and stay safe while using the internet and other communications technologies for educational, personal and recreational use,
- That school ICT systems and users are protected from accidental or deliberate misuse that could put the security of the systems and users at risk,
- That parents and carers are aware of the importance of e-safety and are involved in the education and guidance of young people with regard to their on-line behaviour,
- That pupils will have good access to ICT to enhance their learning and will, in return, expect the pupils to agree to be responsible users.
Here are a few tips:
Top Tips for parents (taken from the Thinkyouknow website)
- Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
- Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The Thinkuknow site has films, games and advice for children from five all the way to 16.
- Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
- Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
- Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.
- Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls.
If your child is being bullied online or through their mobile phone, then start by telling your internet service provider or phone operator. If the bullying is coming from other school pupils, please report this to the school.
Below are some recommended sites for parents and carers: