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.