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E-Safety for Parents/Carers

The internet is amazing.  Children can play, learn, create and connect - opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities.  But with the digital world changing all the time, and most children now have access to devices which enable them to connect to the internet, take photographs and/or videos, and communicate with others, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe?.  

Risks your child may face online

Some of the issues related to primary pupils using the internet are

  • Accessing inappropriate content on the internet
  • Using minimum age restrictioned ‘mature’ social networking sites, such as Facebook, and connecting with 
individuals they don’t know
  • Being cyberbullied by others on the internet
  • Using technology appropriately, e.g. webcams and cameras on mobile devices
  • Losing control over photographs and videos 
  • Sharing personal information with others they don’t know on the internet.
  • Playing video games with adult rating, e.g. Call of Duty. 

  • Virsus, hacking and security.
  • Wearing internet enabled devices such as Fitbit and Apple Watches.

What you can do to help

Firstly don’t deny access to technology.  This may prevent your child from speaking to you about their e-safety.  Children are sometimes worried that if they tell someone about anything bad that has happened online, their access to the internet or phone will be removed.  The best thing we can do is to teach them how to deal with technology, not to avoid it.

Advice if your child is under 5 years old

Advice if your child is aged 6 to 9 years old

Advice if your child is aged 10 to 12 years old

At home talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if you are able to, set up your computer in a shared area.  Childnet have created a Family Agreement- this is a great way to start a conversation with the whole family about the use of the internet. 

There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children (in our E-Safety for KS1 and E-Safety for KS2 pupil webpages).  They are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your children?

Social Media - such as Facebook / Myspace / Snapchat / Instagram

Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them. 

They do not offer the same levels of protection as DB Primary, which we use at Elm Grove to allow the pupils to communite with each other, via email.  Please support school by reinforcing this information with your child. 

If your child has one of these accounts you can show them how to delete it by visiting  

FACEBOOK   

MYSPACE

SNAPCHAT

INSTAGRAM

Online Game Safety Guides

Here are some useful guides on how to keep children safe playing  online games/apps.

Additional Resources

Please click on the icons below for more information.

An e-safety story to read with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children (EYFS/KS1).

The Adventures of Smartie the Penguin is an interactive story offering children the chance to decide what Smartie should do next as he explores the Internet and plays his favourite online games. Like most children, Smartie loves to play on his tablet but along the way he finds the Internet tricky to navigate. 

An e-safety story to read with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children (EYFS/KS1).

Help arrives just in time for Digiduck® when faced with a difficult decision! Follow Digiduck® and his pals in this story of friendship and responsibility online.

Childline is a NSPCC service giving support and advice, by trained counsellors, for anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.  

Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.

Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

Whether you’re puzzled by parental controls or would like to know more about gaming, they can help.  On their website you will find a whole host of useful ways to keep your child safe.

Get Safe Online is a jointly-funded initiative between several Government departments and a number of private sector businesses as well technical expertise, intelligence and advice as input from other orWe also benefit from the input of other organisations.   

They provide practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobiles device and your business against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online.

NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to help you keep children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.   

Read their tips on how to keep your child safe when using internet-connected devices.  Whether you want to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks, experts from the free O2 & NSPCC helpline are here to help.

ParentPort is run by the UK’s media regulators.  They set and enforce standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material.

Seen or heard something unsuitable for children?  Maybe it was a programme on TV or online, a film, an advert, a video game or something in a magazine.  At ParentPort you can find out about the standards we expect from the media, make a complaint and share your views with us.

Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.

Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.

Thinkuknow aims to ensure that everyone has access to this practical information – children, young people, their parents and carers and the professionals who work with them.

Alongside the Thinkuknow website the programme provides educational resources, including films, cartoons and lesson plans, to help professionals raise young people’s awareness.

Vodafone has practical advice for parents/carers looking at the challenges your son or daughter might face online and provide links to ‘how to’ guides and expert advice to help you support them in the ever-changing digital world. 

Looking for a way to start that all-important conversation about social media, gaming and other online activities with your son or daughter?  Check out their latest issue of ‘Digital Parenting’ magazine. 

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