e-Safety


                                                         

 

                                                                E-Safety

 

The internet, mobile technologies, portable games consoles, social networking and

instant messaging services are all becoming increasingly more important in society.

As a school, we recognise our role is not to ignore these technologies or to assume

that our children know how to use them, but to teach children how to act responsibly

and to help protect themselves online.

Children are taught about e-safety within their classes and through whole school

campaigns such as Safer Internet Days.

 

                                 Top E-Safety Tips for Parents and Carers!

 

Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to

online friends they do not know offline.

• Explain to your children what information about them is personal: i.e. email address,

mobile number, school name, sports club, arrangements for meeting up with friends

and any pictures or videos of themselves, their family or friends. Small pieces of

information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight in to their

lives and daily activities.

• Make your children aware that they need to think carefully about the information and

pictures they post on their profiles. Inform them that once published online, anyone

can change or share these images of them.

• It can be easy to forget that the internet is not a private space, and as result

sometimes young people engage in risky behaviour online. Advise your children not

to post any pictures, videos or information on their profiles, or in chat rooms, that

they would not want a parent or carer to see.

• If your child receives spam or junk email and texts, remind them never to believe

their contents, reply to them or use them.

• It's not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don't know.

They won't know what they contain—it could be a virus, or worse - an inappropriate

image or film.

• Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it's

better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers

without an adult they trust.

• Always keep communication open for a child to know that it's never too late to tell

someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.

 

Useful Links:

 

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

http://www.childnet-int.org/kia/parents/

http://www.nextgenerationlearning.org.uk/At-Home/parent-resource-finder/

 

 

                                                 Social Networking

 

As we all know, social networking sites such as ‘Facebook’ are widely used by

parents and older children (children should be 13 to hold a Facebook account) We

feel it important to point out to parents the risks of underage use of such sites, so

you can make an informed decision as to whether to allow your child to have a

profile or not. These profiles will have been created away from school and

sometimes by a child, their friends, siblings or even parents.

Occasionally sites are used to publically discuss matters which may include personal

disagreements between pupils, parents and school matters. Such comments can be

considered to be ‘defamatory’ and lead to the onset of legal action being taken

against those who made them.

We will take action (such as reporting under aged profiles and defamatory

comments) if such a problem comes to our attention.

Further advice for parents/carers is available from Facebook

 

www.facebook.com/help/?safety=parent