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E-Safety

What is e-safety?

Simply put, e-Safety involves keeping safe while using electronic devices such as laptops, mobile phones, tablet computers and games consoles. Children as well as adults are at risk from a variety of different scenarios if they are not playing an active role in keeping each other and themselves educated on the risks they face.

What are the risks?

If not properly managed or regularly reviewed, these devices and the services they offer such as video chat, text messages, social media connectivity and web-banking can leave a person vulnerable to exploitation. Recent events highlighted in the media over the last year or so include identity theft, theft of money from bank accounts, cyber-bullying, the grooming of vulnerable children by adults and even cases where children have, unfortunately, been kidnapped.

What can I do to keep myself and my children safe?

There are a variety of ways to keep everyone in your family safe:

  • Play an active role in your child's use of electronic devices. Use computers and games consoles with them. Model browsing the internet safely and discuss events as they occur.
  • Keep a record of all of your children's usernames and passwords for all of the services they use such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and Club Penguin etc. By doing this you have the freedom to check exactly what it is they are viewing, the messages they are receiving etc.
  • Discuss as a family what sort of information different types of people need to know about them. Who needs to know the school they attend? Who needs to know their name? Remind them that 'Stranger Danger' rules apply to the internet too.
  • Install family filter software on all applicable devices. These types of software block your child from seeing harmful websites.
  • Be firm with them on what is acceptable use of electronic devices. Facebook, for instance does not allow persons under the age of 13 to use their website. This means any child of a Primary School age should not have a Facebook profile or even use the service on behalf of another person.
  • Ensure that games consoles such as PlayStations, Xboxes and Nintendo consoles are kept in a room where you have easy access to them. If a console is in a child's bedroom then you will have absolutely no idea what it is that they are viewing or who they are interacting with.
  • Do not click on anything that looks suspicious. Thieves have become exceptionally talented at making their thefts look professional. They are increasingly turning to the internet to steal from people. If you receive an e-mail that looks like it is from your bank and asks you to input personal information, usernames or passwords, think carefully. The vast majority of these e-mails are what is known as a 'phishing scam'. The thieves are literally fishing for your personal details from a faraway location and will use those details to steal money from your accounts.
  • DO NOT use the name username and password for every account you possess. If a thief steals one, they can do whatever they want with the other accounts with the same usernames and passwords.

What resources are available for me to learn more?

The following resources are available for parents:

Pokémon Go a parent's guide NSPCC

Thinkuknow - Suitable for 5, 6 and 7 year olds

Thinkuknow - Suitable for 8 to 10 year olds

Thinkyouknow - For parents

A Checklist for Parents and Carers (pdf 212KB)

Cyberbullying Factsheet (PDF 413KB)

Grooming Factsheet (PDF 718KB)

Inappropriate Websites Factsheet (PDF 372KB)

Guides to understanding different devices your children may use

Understanding the iPod Touch (PDF 276KB)

Understanding Facebook (PDF 1287KB)

Understanding the Blackberry (PDF 230KB)

Understanding the iPad (PDF 263KB)

Understanding the iPhone (PDF 352KB)

Our e-Safety Rules

Reception and KS1 - See the poster
  • I will follow the school’s rules when I use the computer.
  • I will keep my username and password secret.
  • I will ask my teacher before I use the internet.
  • I will be polite if I write something on the computer.
  • I will not tell anyone on the computer my full name, address or telephone number.
  • I will tell my teacher if I see something on the computer that upsets me.

I understand that if I don’t follow the school rules, I could be stopped from using the internet or computers.

KS2 - See the poster
  • I will use the computer responsibly.
  • I will ask my teacher before I go on the internet unless the site has already been approved.
  • I will follow the ‘SMILE and stay safe’ advice and tell my teacher if I see something online that I am unhappy with. I understand that this is for my safety and that of others.
  • I will only email people my teacher has approved and any messages I send will be polite and sensible and will have my first name at the bottom of the message.
  • I will ask for permission to open an email or email attachment.
  • I will keep my password secret and not share online my personal details or those of others.
  • Any work I publish or display online will be work that I would want my family and teachers to see.
  • If someone I don’t know contacts me in any way, I will tell my class teacher immediately.

I understand that if I don’t follow the school rules, I could be stopped from using the internet or computers.

More Internet Safety Links

www.ceop.police.uk

www.iwf.org.uk

www.gwenllian-south.co.uk (Please ask for password from the school office)

www.google.com/intl/en-uk/goodtoknow/familysafety/

www.netnanny.com

http://www.pegi.info/en/index/id/33/

Digital Parenting Magazine

http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents/digital-parenting/view_magazines.html