The school takes its responsibility to ensure the safety of children as they explore and become familiar with ICT, the internet, mobile devices and mobile phones. The school E-Safety Policy is regularly updated and you can view it by clicking here.
New digital technologies offer a wealth of opportunities for children and young people to learn, create and communicate.
As parents and carers, our natural desire is to keep our children safe. In every aspect of development – from learning to cross the road, ride a bike or swim – parents must teach, guide and support their children: the online world is no different.
The best defence against any online risk is openness, awareness and education. Talk with your children about their online activities, share their experiences and learn from them. Help them to use technology positively and responsibly, and give them boundaries, guidance and support.
The Internet is often the first stop for pupils who have a project to research or a question they want answered.
Advice for you: Use child-safe search engines. Visit www.schoolfamily.com. Focus on results from trusted resources, such as the websites of established organisations and well-known newspapers and magazines. On Google you can choose to activate ‘safe search’.
Social networking sites allow users to stay in touch through instant messaging and photo sharing.
Advice for you: Always pay close attention to app age restrictions. Children at primary school should never access sites for older children or adults.
VISITING VIRTUAL WORLDS/INSTANT MESSAGING
Children of all ages are drawn to virtual worlds where they can customize and control their own characters or 'avatars', play games and interact with other players. Minecraft is a popular example of this.
Advice for you: Ask your child for a tour of their favourite virtual worlds. Carefully check the privacy settings and parental controls. Never allow your child to play a game an age restriction that is higher than their actual age.
"HOW TO" GUIDE: PROTECTING YOUR CHILD'S ONLINE PROFILE AND ACTIVITY
TALK ABOUT HOW THEY USE THE INTERNET
Encourage your children to tell you if something they encounter on the internet makes them feel anxious, uncomfortable, or threatened. Think You Know have advice on how to do this.
ESTABLISH INTERNET RULES.
As soon as your children use the Internet on their own, establish rules for internet use. These rules should define whether your children can use social networking sites and how they can use them.
EDUCATE YOURSELF, STAY IN THE ‘LOOP’
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN NEVER MEET ANYONE IN PERSON THAT THEY'VE COMMUNICATED WITH ONLINE ONLY.
Children are in real danger when they meet strangers in person whom they've communicated with online only
ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE THEY ALREADY KNOW.
You can help protect your children by encouraging them to use these sites to communicate with friends, but not with people they've never met in person.
BE WARY OF IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION IN YOUR CHILD'S PROFILE.
Teach your child to use only a first name or nickname, but not a nickname that would attract inappropriate attention. Be careful when your children reveal information that can identify them, such as a school mascot, a workplace, or the name of the town they live in.
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT CYBERBULLYING.
As soon as your children are old enough to use social web sites, talk to them about cyberbullying.
Here are some websites which you may find helpful if you are talking to your child about internet safety or for you to find out more as a parent/carer.