Safeguarding our pupils is a priority and we deliver clear e-Safety messages, as part of our Computing curriculum, as well as our day-to-day discussion with pupils. However, there are times when issues relating to pupils’ online presence could have been avoided if clear e-Safety guidelines are followed. Importantly, these include pupils understanding and taking responsibility for their online presence, pupils playing age appropriate games, families having clear structures and agreements in place for when pupils are online etc.
Whilst we cannot always protect pupils from what is posted online, we can keep them safe online by having very clear structures in place and an open dialogue with them.
As a parent or carer you play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online.
The UK Safer Internet Centre website offers a broad range of tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online. Please visit https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers
We would urge you to review and consider the games and apps you allow your children to access, following the developers guidance on the age-appropriateness. The following website link have more information on this https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/online-gaming-advice/mobile-gaming-tips-for-parents/
E-Safety encompasses Internet technologies and electronic communications such as mobile phones as well as collaboration tools and personal publishing. It highlights the need to educate pupils about the benefits and risks of using technology and provides safeguards and awareness for users to enable them to control their online experience.
The school’s e-safety policy should operate in conjunction with other policies including those for Student Behaviour, Bullying, Curriculum, Data Protection and Security.
E-Safety depends on effective practice at a number of levels:
- Responsible ICT use by all staff and students; encouraged by education and made explicit through published policies.
- Sound implementation of e-safety policy in both administration and curriculum, including secure school network design and use.
- Safe and secure broadband from the Warwickshire Broadband including the effective management of Websense filtering and Policy Central monitoring.
- National Education Network standards and specifications.
Top Tips for Safe Use of the Internet
Our top 10 tips for safe use of the internet are:
1. Make sure your children say no to strangers on gaming websites and that they understand that they should never agree to meet anyone who contacts them over the internet. Never allow children to meet up with someone that they have only been in touch with online on their own – an adult must be present. Online friends are still strangers
2. An increasing amount of child abuse is being carried out via on-line webcams. Consider disabling web cams when children are using the internet without the supervision of an adult.
3. Use the Safe Search Filter in Google to prevent adult content from appearing in search results: www.safesearchkids.com
4. Use parental control settings on the iPad and/or other iOS devices to block communication apps such as FaceTime & Ping if you are worried who your children might be talking to. (Settings >General>Restrictions and set a PIN)
5. Information on the internet may not be true or reliable. Get your children to check in books, and look up 3 other websites to verify information.
6. Keep children safe by ensuring that they don’t give out personal info when chatting or posting online. This includes name, email address, phone no. & passwords. Teach children not to accept emails, instant messages or to open files, pictures or texts from people that they don’t know or trust. They may contain viruses or nasty messages
7. Check online games before children play. The quality of graphics is high and may not be suitable for child’s age & be violent or sexually explicit. Be aware of other online users when children are playing games. Check that other online gamers are not using offensive language, bullying others or showing sexual interest.
8. Take care to spell correctly when typing in a search. Even a small typing error can bring up unwanted results.
9. Watch out for children sharing files p2p (peer-to-peer) as they can be illegal and dangerous as they can share harmful and unwelcome content. Discuss with your children the use of legal sites for downloading music.
10. Set age restrictions for TV, films, music in iTunes Store in preferences. In Windows, click the icon in the top left corner, and select preferences from the drop down box and then click the parental control icon. Then set maximum age ratings you wish to allow.