E Safety –  Keeping Your Child Safer Online

From the number of questions we get asked in school we know that the online safety of your children is of the utmost importance to you.

Teaching on how to stay safe online is a routine part of our ICT courses, with the message starting in Year 7 and revisited routinely in our curriculum. It is overtly taught in lessons and assemblies during the week of the annual Safer Internet Day. The Safer Internet Day campaign have published a Parent Conversation Starter, an updated Parent Factsheet and guidance on Supporting Young People Online.   Resources such as this are used in lessons during Safer Internet Week.  We can recommend them all to you.

To support this curriculum content, and as a part of the national ‘Safer Internet’ initiative we have compiled some resources for parents.

Our children are swift to embrace new technologies and adopt new electronic means to communicate. It can then be difficult for parents to retain an understanding of how, what and with whom our children are sharing information from their phone, tablet or computer. This presents a conundrum; how much supervision do I impose against how much trust do I offer; a tough call, as 63% of teens surveyed in 2009 admitted they knew how to hide what they do online from their parents!

For more advice and support from the NSPCC regarding online safety from a parent perspective click here.

There are eleven resources for families here:

The technology and how it can be used

Subjects to cover in conversation with your child

Beyond ‘LOL’; know the abbreviations

Causes for caution online

Reducing the risk

Cyber bullying

‘Sexting’

Grooming

Staying safer on screen

What you need to know about Neknomination

Other E Safety Advice site for parents

We hope you have found this information helpful; our school takes its safeguarding responsibilities very seriously, so if you have concerns that you want to talk about place do not hesitate to contact us. If you have information that you feel should be included in an update of these web pages please contact our Lead Child Protection Officer; we would be pleased to receive it.

We claim no special expertise in this area, but have simply gathered together information and expertise from a variety of sources. We are grateful to all who contributed advice and content and to the Parents’ Focus Group for their feedback on the content.

If there was one single message form all of the challenge of internet safety, then it would be nothing is as valuable as keeping a conversation going with your child about their use of the internet.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection – CEOP

CEOP helps to keep children and young people safe online.  They welcome queries and concerns from children, young adults and other concerned adults.