E-safety

What is E-Safety?

E-safety is the safe use of information systems and electronic communications, including the internet, mobile phones and games consoles. It is important that children and young people understand the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology. By giving pupils the knowledge to safeguard themselves and their personal information we are empowering them with a vital life skill.

E-safety forms part of our curriculum and pupils are regularly reminded of how to stay safe online. Children agree to Acceptable Use Policies which are discussed regularly in class, each classroom displays a policy.

If you have any concerns speak to the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) Miss Ritchie or Miss Whiteside.

Go through the rules with your child and ensure they understand what you suggest. It is also a good idea to regularly check the Internet sites your child is visiting e.g. by clicking on History and Favourites. Please reassure your child that you want to keep them safe rather than take Internet access away from them.

Using the Internet safely at home

Creating simple rules for keeping your child safe at home will help children develop confidence in E-safety. Go through the rules with your child and ensure they understand what you suggest. It is also a good idea to regularly check the Internet sites your child is visiting e.g. by clicking on History and Favourites. Please reassure your child that you want to keep them safe rather than take Internet access away from them. Rules could include:

  • asking your permission before they use the Internet
  • only using websites you have chosen together or a child friendly search engine
  • only contact people they know
  • ask permission before opening communication from someone they don’t know
  • do not use Internet chat rooms
  • do not use their real name when using games on the Internet (perhaps encourage them to create a suitable nick name/avatar)
  • never give out a home address or personal contact details
  • never tell someone where they go to school
  • never send an image of themselves, their home or school
  • never arrange to meet someone they have ‘met’ on the Internet
  • only use a webcam with people they know
  • ask them to tell you immediately if they see anything they are unhappy with

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