E-safety

Did you know?……..

9 out of 10 children aged under 10 go online.

86% of children aged 7-11 use come form of online communication

Technology is changing all the time and young people are no longer passive recipients of online information, but are increasingly interacting directly within a digital landscape in a variety of ways.  Children are increasingly referred to as ‘digital natives’: citizens born into a digital world, who grow up surrounded by and emerged in the technology and tools of the digital age. Their confidence and skills in using this technology is typically high, but their knowledge and awareness of the inherent issues, risks and dangers is usually very low. Children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe – this isn’t just a top down approach. Children will be children – pushing boundaries and taking risks. Teaching your child about technology should be seen as another part of keeping them safe, just like crossing the road or learning to swim.

Do you know how to keep your children safe? Do your children know how to keep safe? At Boothroyd Academy we are committed to discussing these serious issues as part of our e-safety curriculum (including capturing their online habits in our e-safety questionnaire for parents) but we can only be successful if we all work together: pupils, parents and teachers.

What do we do in school?

We have a duty in primary schools to teach our children how to use the internet safely.

Early use of digital technology has been shown to improve language skills and promote children’s social development and creativity. But it’s not without risks for young children, who may come across inappropriate content or begin to copy what older children do online.

There are a number of steps we take to keep children safe online:

  1. We teach online safety skills throughout the curriculum and aim to foster an environment where children can ‘talk and tell.’ We provide children with information of where they can seek help if it is needed.
  2. We teach the majority our computing curriculum through a secure website that we pay for a license to use.
  3. Our web browsers have safeguards in place to block inappropriate content this is called a firewall.
  4. we have malware and virus software to protect our data.
  5. we use encrypted passwords to protect pupil information.

We have leaflets to help parents understand some of the dangers available from our main office.

We also want your views to help us: click on the link below for our questionnaire and then you can print it and complete or ask for a copy from the main office.

PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE RE E safety

 Link to information for parents of children aged 6-10 years:

 https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/6-10/

What does e-safety cover?

Online gaming

Downloading viruses

Social networking

Apps guide

Cyberbullying

Inappropriate content

Online grooming

 

Checklist for parents:

Agree boundaries

Be clear what your child can and can’t do online – where they can use the internet, how much time they can spend online, the sites they can visit and the type of information they can share. Agree with your child when they can have a mobile phone or tablet.

Explore together

The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about what they do and what sites they like to visit. If they’re happy to, ask them to show you. Talk to them about being a good friend online.

Put yourself in control

Install parental controls on your home broadband and any internet-enabled devices. Set up a user account for your child on the main device they use and make sure other accounts in the household are password-protected so that younger children can’t access them by accident.

Use airplane mode

Use airplane mode on your devices when your child is using them so they can’t make any unapproved purchases or interact with anyone online without your knowledge.

Stay involved

Encourage them to use their tech devices in a communal area like the lounge or kitchen so you can keep an eye on how they’re using the internet and also share in their enjoyment.

Talk to siblings

It’s also a good idea to talk to any older children about what they’re doing online and what they show to younger children. Encourage them to be responsible and help keep their younger siblings safe.

Search safely

Use safe search engines such as Swiggle or Kids-search. You can save time by adding these to your ‘Favourites’. Safe search settings can also be activated on Google and other search engines, as well as YouTube.

Check if it’s suitable

The age ratings that come with games, apps, films and social networks are a good guide to whether they’re suitable for your child. For example, the minimum age limit is 13 for several social networking sites, including Facebook and Instagram

NEW INFORMATION

SnapMaps
SnapChat, used regularly by many children and young people, has launched a new feature. SnapMaps allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are. Remember a child sharing their location can be a very risky thing to do.
There are three possible privacy settings on SnapChat:
  • Ghost mode, where only you can see your position;
  • My Friends mode, where any contact can see your location; and
  • Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you
ChildNet have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe.
 
This is an extremely popular app with young people and it is worth sharing with your children.

Further detail can be found at:
  Introducing SnapMaps (ChildNet)

Please click below to view our recent E-safety meeting which we held.

E-safety-presentation

Here is also a list of useful websites that will help you and your child stay safe online.

Useful websites for parents for Esafety

This E Safety Cartoon is especially good for children to watch.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/hectorsworld/

Click here to access the CEOPS site and report anything you feel is unsafe online.

https://www.ceop.police.uk/

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