E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. The technology and the internet are great! We can use them to find out lots of information, communicate with others, and play games.
Safety on the internet is called E-Safety – the E stands for Electronic.
As a parent, you’ll know how important the internet is to children. We use it to learn, play, socialise and express ourselves. It’s a highly creative place of amazing opportunities.
However, 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.
Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com
Ask your children to tell you about the sites or apps they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we’ve suggested a few information guides and websites which fantastic resources to share with your family at home.
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 internet is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. 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.
Throughout the year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet. We cover this through our SCARF curriculum and also through our use of National Online Safety and Education for a Connected World.