What is e-safety?
e-safety is a term which is about being safe, not only the internet, but other ways in which young people communicate using electronic media, e.g. mobile phones, IPads, tablet devices and games consoles. It means ensuring that children and young people are protected from harm and supported to achieve the maximum benefit from new and developing technologies without risk to themselves or others.
ICT Acceptable Use and E-safety Policy: 2015 Oct HT ICT Acceptable Use & E safety
Staying safe online – Information for parents and carers
It is really important for us, as parents and carers, that we are aware of what our children are doing online and to act as positive role models for our children. The internet and related technologies, including mobile phones, games consoles and social networks, are becoming increasingly important in the daily lives of our children and have many positive benefits, we need to have as much information as possible. They can be used both educationally and socially and are becoming part of a child’s identity. Socially our children often use the internet for entertainment, interaction, and communication with ‘friends’. Access to the internet can take place anywhere and at anytime so we need to make sure our children are able to use the internet safely. Many children are unaware of the risks for example by having many online friends (who could be strangers), uploading inappropriate images, viewing unsuitable content or sharing too much personal information.
Video resources – for you to watch with your child (these are videos we use in school).
Foundation Stage (Reception) – Smartie the Penguin
4-7 year olds – Lee and Kim’s Adventures
8-10 year olds – Jigsaw
The Herts Grid has a lot of information and resources including information about how best to keep children safe online and advice for parents visit: http://ow.ly/RJlxb
Useful websites and resources.
Information about online safety issues and how to ‘Stay Safe’ can be found on the websites below. This is just a sample of websites that can provide parents with support and information. Once parents and carers have the background knowledge and understanding of eSafety they can decide what is right for their family.
www.childnet.com – A non-profit making organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and children’s safe and positive use of the internet are addressed. Childnet International produce an online CD guide specifically for parents KnowITAll – http://www.childnet.com/resources/kia/
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own educational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/ The BBC Webwise is a beginner’s guide to using the internet. There is a good section on children’s online safety.
http://www.internetmatters.org This website contains lots of information about staying safe online, with tips about games, social networking, mobile technology and more.
http://www.getsafeonline.org/ A beginners guide to using the Internet safety, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to ‘stay safe’ on-line.
www.kidsmart.org.uk/ – Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children’s internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
www.bullying.co.uk – One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.
http://www.chatdanger.com/ – This website is about the potential dangers with interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles. It provides information, advice, true stories and games. The resource page also contains a number of links to other useful websites.
http://parents.vodafone.com/ – Vodafone have developed this website in conjunction with mumsnet. It is very accessible and provides information and guidance to parents with understanding their child’s digital world and get more involved. There is even an on-line test to see how much you know!
Information on Parental Controls for your home broadband Talk Talk: http://sales.talktalk.co.uk/product/homesafe Sky: http://www.sky.com/products/broadband-talk/sky-broadband-shield/features/index.html Virgin Media: http://store.virginmedia.com/discover/broadband/security/web-safe.html BT: http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/products/manage-broadband-extras/