From September 2014 e-safety is a required part of the National Curriculum across all key stages.
To ensure that the internet is a safe place we ask our pupils to follow three simple rules:
- Be kind: Show respect for others online.
- Be supportive: Look out for your friends and family online and help others to use technology safely.
- Report it: Support is available so report anything or anyone that upsets you or others online.
How parents can help to keep their children safe:
- Know what your children are taught about e-safety in school.
- Consider the devices that your children are using. Are there parental settings on those devices that can restrict some of the adult content? For example, Playstation and Xbox consoles allow parents to restrict the games that children can download or play, based on their age. These age restrictions are known as PEGI ratings.
- Does your internet service provider give you access to parental filter controls? These allow you to choose which categories of websites your children are accessing.
- Talk to your children about their internet use. Different children will have different amounts of knowledge, risk-taking and resilience. Talk to them about what they like to do online, where they go and who they talk to. Think about real behaviour. Put things into a real life context.
- Consider the on-line games they are playing and what age the other players may be. Do you know the age-rating of those games? Are your children playing 18-rated games?
- What social networking apps are they using? What are they sharing and with who?
Find out more about how to stay safe online :
Useful e-safety websites:
The digital world is moving at such a pace in today’s world that it is necessary to try to stay on top of events. No child should have a Facebook account until they are 13 years of age. School cannot be responsible for many of the problems encountered from social media relationships and issues, and either the police or CEOP should be directly referred to for support.
CEOP Primary KS2: This short film is called 'Jigsaw' and is suitable for KS2 Primary School children (8 -10 years), approximate running time is 8 minutes. This short film is produced by the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and is being delivered to schools all over the UK through their ‘ThinkUknow’ Programme.
The NSPCC have launched a series of videos and information links that can support parents/carers in talking to their children about safe use of the internet. The campaign ‘Share Aware’ is aimed at parents/carers of children ranging from age 8 to 12 years and is helpful in understanding online safety. The campaign is intended to support parents/carers in having effective conversations about staying safe online. Please click on here below to access the site.
Furthermore, the NSPCC has a free resource - Net Aware - to which they have now added 12 new sites, apps and games in their campaign for on-line safety. Parents/Carers are encouraged to use the inter-active resources to assist conversations with their children.
The site explains what other parents and young people think about 60 of the most popular social apps and games, what’s the right age, and details on privacy and safety settings.
An additional resource is available for parents to access which informs specifically about child sexual exploitation.
This site helps explain the indicators of when a child might be being exploited, appreciate the impact child sexual exploitation can have on families and know what to do if you suspect a child might be at risk of this abuse.
Whilst we all hope that such situations will be far removed from our children it is very important to be kept informed and so we trust by sharing this information with you we are assisting in this process.
There is a lot of information on the Common Sense Media website that parents/carers will find useful with regard to games, apps, videos along with age ratings and suitability.