E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Hollyfield Primary School. 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. Any e-safety incidents are managed in accordance with our E-Safety Policy. E-Safety is taught to all pupils in specific lessons half-termly, explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with you to ensure the e-safety message is consistent. Your help is needed to talk to your children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
Discuss as a family how the internet will be used in your house. Consider what should be kept private online and decide rules for making and meeting online friends. Make sure you know what your child is doing online much like you would offline. 1 in 4 children arrange to meet someone face to face that they have spoken to online.
Install antivirus software, secure your internet connection and use parental control functions for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content or contact· Remember that parental control tools are not always 100% effective and sometimes unsuitable content can get past them, so don’t rely on them alone to protect your child.
Locate your computer in a supervised family area. Always supervise the use of webcams and applications which allow voice or video chat. Consider your child’s use of other devices that allow internet access such as mobile phones and games consoles.
- Talk to your child and ask them to show or even teach you how they use the internet, learn which websites or tools they like to use and why. Learning together can often open opportunities to discuss safe behaviour with your child.
- Always ensure your child knows how to block or report people online who send nasty or inappropriate messages or content. Encourage your child not to retaliate or reply. Screen shots should be kept as evidence, if needed by appropriate agencies to pursue and take necessary steps of action.
- Make sure your child knows to tell an adult they trust if they see something online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable.
- It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection works across the UK bringing together various agencies to protect children from harm. Many schools are encouraged to add the “REPORT” button to their websites to give children easy access to a site where they can report abuse confidentially and gain help and advice if they were to feel they needed it. The site, has age appropriate areas for the key stages and also provide lots of information for parents and carers. Ceop has a very good facebook page too, and they actively work with social media giants working to protect children.
They’re backed by the UK’s most prominent internet industry players, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, and are supported by leading child online safety experts, they offer the best advice and information available on tackling e-safety issues.
They’re passionate about keeping children safe online and are here to help you make the right decisions for you and your family. Whether you’re looking for information for the first time, or an old hand, our website has everything you need to help make your children’s online life fulfilling, fun and above all safe.
Working directly with children and young people from the ages of 3 to 18 on a weekly basis, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals, finding out about their real experiences online, and the positive things they are doing as well as sharing safety advice.
The Kidsmart website is full of activities to discuss and promote the safe use of the internet. A key focus is SMART rules which schools encourage children to stick to. The SMART rules remind us to keep Safe online, not to Meet people we have met online, ensuring files or data that we Accept are from a Reliable source and that if we do see or receive anything that makes us uncomfortable that we should Tell someone.