Online safety / E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children 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.
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. But the technology children use 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.
You can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
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 email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. Teachers discuss age appropriate aspects of e-safety with the children in class throughout the year.
Letter to Parents
ECP webinar for parents November 2021
Here are quick links to a range of Internet safety sites that you may find useful too.
http://www.childnet.com/ Childnet is a great website resource for parents and children on online safety.
https://www.internetmatters.org Internet Matters is another great site to use - it has advice on cyberbullying, how to talk to your children about internet safety and quick guides to different types of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat.
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents Think U Know has a great section for parents and covers topics such as gaming and talking to strangers. You can also search by topic or age range to find information that is relevant for your family.
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/ - The NSPCC's Talk Pants is a simple guide for parents on keeping their children safe from sexual abuse.
Online Safety Card Guidance relating to different apps