Parental E-Safety Guide
E-Safety is an important part of keeping your children safe at Middlezoy & Othery Schools.
We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material.
E-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the E-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
What can you do at home?
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
Explore e-safety sites - There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children. They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?
- The Thinkuknow website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre.
- CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
- The Knowitall website offers lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
- New Stop, Speak Support code helps children tackle cyberbullying. The code offers simple steps to take positive action in dealing with cases of cyberbullying. Take the pledge and encourage your child to become a responsible digital citizen and make an impact to stop cyberbullying.
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on Facebook settings, Xbox360 settings, Blackberry controls, jargon busting and many more How to Guides. These magazines are available in school.
Facebook / Instagram / Social Network Sites - Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them. They do not offer an adequate level of protection, allowing children to communicate with anyone.
Keep your computer in a shared area - Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful sites that are available online.
We share regular updates on all E-Safety issues with parents. Please feel free to come in to school to discuss any issues or concerns you have with your child's class teacher.
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