E-Safety for Parents
E-Safety is an essential part of keeping children safe at Samuel Whites Infant School. We have many security measures in place in school to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable materials. Any e-safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our e-safety policy.
E-Safety is taught explicitly to all pupils through the South West Grid for Leaning’s Digital Literacy Units of work as well as being embedded throughout the curriculum.
To ensure that we keep our children safe online, we need to work in partnership with parents. It is essential that parents also speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
VSC Online Safety for Parents
No search engine is ever 100% safe but the below provide some links to some “safer” search engines:
- www.kidrex.org This is the Search Engine that the children use at school.
- www.pics4learning.com You never quite know what you will find with Google Images, so you could try this one.
Top Tips for Parents
- Talk to you child about what they're up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
- Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The www.thinkuknow.co.uk website has films, games and advice from five all the way to 16.
- Encourage your child to go online and explore. There is a wealth of age appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
- Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
- Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as phones or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety settings you set are being applied.
- Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls.
Websites for more information
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 online world. 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.
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, from pre-school right through to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not for profit origanisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
Vodafone has produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today.
Kidsmart gives you a lot of advice onhow to stay safe online.