e-Safety for parents and carers
e-Safety can also be called 'internet safety', 'online safety' or 'web safety'. It is often defined as the safe and responsible use of technology. This includes the use of the internet, and also other means of communication using electronic media (e.g. text messages, gaming devices, email etc.).
Our three main aims of e-Safety in school are to:
Empower – we want to empower children to stay safe online
Encourage – we want to encourage children to be responsible online
Engage – we want to help children understand the risks, and also the benefits, of online communication
We also teach children about e-Safety and encourage children to follow the SMART rules for staying safe online:
S: Stay safe: don’t give out personal information or passwords
M: Don’t meet up: meeting someone you have only met online can be dangerous. Always check with an adult you trust
A: Accepting files: Accepting files, emails or pictures from people you don’t know can cause problems
R: Reliable: Check information before you believe it.
T: Tell someone: tell an adult if something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable.
Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong. We know it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use, so we hope that the following advice helps.
Useful guides for parents:
Internet Matters: guide to setting up parental controls around the home
Report abuse online: Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)
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