E-safety for Parents / Carers

What is e-safety?

E-safety is about the protection of children whilst they are using the Internet and digital technologies such as mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. It highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.


E-Safety at Allerton CE Primary

All children are taught about how to be safe online whenever they use the computers, Chromebooks, iPads or any other digital technologies in School. Children should be supervised at all times when playing online games or using chatrooms or other social media, particularly if these could involve people they do not know.

Our online tools allow children to work and communicate in a safe and secure environment, accessible only by pupils and staff at Allerton CE Primary. However, if a child should be made to feel sad, scared or unsafe by anything they have seen or received while using digital technologies, they can talk to their class teacher or our safeguarding team and this helps us make sure children stay safe online.

Each child receive usernames and passwords for their various online accounts. These should be kept safe and not shared, even with siblings or friends.

We recommend that all parents read the NSPCC Parents’ guide to being Share Aware to help them be aware of how they can help keep their children safe online.

Amongst the tools that we use to teach e-safety in school is Google’s “Be Internet Legends” which “empowers younger children to use the web safely and wisely, so they can be confident explorers of the online world.” We recommend that you explore this site yourself so that you know what pupil’s are expected to do in order to keep safe online.

 

 

 


Reporting issues

There are a range of organisations around the world set up especially to handle reports of suspected online child abuse or illegal online content and you can find out about these organisations and how they can help you by selecting the links below.

CEOP Has someone done something online that has made you or a child or young person you know, feel worried or unsafe?
If so, make a report to one of CEOP’s experienced Child Protection Advisors
IWF are the UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content and work with the Internet industry, police and international partners to get criminal content removed. Reports to the IWF are confidential and can be submitted anonymously. Your report to the Hotline may help to trace and rescue a young victim from further abuse.

 


Useful Links

Guide to Internet safety and safe surfing for young people from Think U Know. Learn about online safety when using blogs, chatting, online gaming, P2P and other forms of technology like mobiles.

Think U Know has some superb advice on how to use parental controls on digital technology so that you can help to protect the children in your care. There are also lots of videos and articles to help explain the risks and how best to recognise them and avoid them and what to do if something does happen that you don’t like.

 The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS. It shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying and how these relate to and affect their own and other people’s online experiences and behaviours.
The UK Safer Internet Centre website provides the latest e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.
Childnet International provides resources on how to keep your children safe online including advice on parental controls, gaming, social media, phones and other portable Internet enabled devices.
ChildLine gives help and advice about a wide range of issues, including cyber bullying. You can talk to a counsellor online, send ChildLine an email or post on their message boards.

If you have any worries or concerns about e-safety and your children and you cannot find suitable help on the above websites then please contact School and we will arrange for you to speak with a member of staff.