E-Safety is fundamental in our quest to keep children safe – at home and school. Regular assemblies focus upon how children should use the internet safely and the risks if children have unrestricted access to sites they are too young for. If a site has an age restriction, then it is there for the safety of all children (one social networking site has a recommended age of 13+).
The number of children who have reported incidents of ‘cyber bullying’ has increased tenfold over the last decade according to a report from ‘ChildLine’. Again, we discuss this with our children in school regularly – but the more access a child has to social networking sites- the greater the chance conversations between children can become unregulated.
It is not a school’s position to tell parents how to raise their children – we are obliged however, to advise and share concerns. The internet has so many positives (life without ‘google’, it’s hard to remember life before google!!!!!!) but the internet can also open the door to a world our children should be protected from.
If you would like further information regarding keeping your children safe on the internet please visit:
Click here to read DfE 'Advice for parents on CyberBullying'
Vodafone produce an excellent magazine for parents and carers regarding online safety. It can be read online or read as a PDF by following the link below.
Creating a family agreement can be a good way of getting the whole family talking about online safety. It can be a tricky subject to tackle but the more open, honest and confident the whole family can feel talking about internet safety, then the safer the family will be. Childnet have produced some good templates which could be useful if you are thinking about setting up an agreement of this sort.
The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS. It shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying and how these relate to and affect their own and other people's online experiences and behaviours.
BBC webpage with links, videos and useful information about using the internet.
Advice for Parents including social network privacy settings and parental controls.
This is a great site where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
Helpful advice with articles, videos and guides encouraging you to talk to your children and to discuss social networking.
A useful page with plenty of resources and useful links.