eSafety for parents

E-safety

As computer and other communications technologies have developed new dangers have emerged for all those who use them. Schools have a duty of care towards their pupils, above all to enable them to use the internet and other communication technologies safely

The steps we take:

We keep abreast of the latest developments and have an appropriate Internet policy in place, which will be reviewed in a whole school context.

Our high-speed broadband connection is to the Hampshire portal, a county wide organisation which provides secure web filtering facilities; see their e-safety pages http://www3.hants.gov.uk/esafety

In lessons and in assemblies:

  • Pupils are regularly reminded of the rules regarding internet use, sanctions are explained and used consistently when necessary
  • Children are taught to use the web safely
  • Children are not allowed use of mobile phones in school
  • Children are not allowed unauthorised access to chat rooms, message boards, messenger services or other 'social networking' websites in school
  • Children are only allowed access to subscription websites under direct teacher supervision
  • Children have e-mail accounts which can only send messages within the school or receive messages beyond the school by special arrangement (eg web 2.0 registration)

Other aspects of e-safety

Apart from the obvious threats to personal safety,  the internet involves other difficulties and dangers which the school also seeks to address through lessons on:

copyright, acknowledgement of sources, assessing the usefulness of websites, assessing the reliability of information on the internet, the importance of cross-checking, verification and comparison of information, the dangers of viruses and other downloadable threats, the importance of responsible use of passwords etc.

Guidance

We have used the following sources in our work on e-safety: 

  • CEOP The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
We also looked at the advice from
  • Childnet international, a major international body concerned with child safety and the internetI
  • Internet Privacy Settings
  • Childnet have also launched the digizen site, with information on cyberbullying and the dangers of Social Networking Sites:
  • The parentscentre website, which used to be Parents Online, has lots of good advice covering every aspect of Internet Safety for families
 
Please remember, children are highly likely these days to access the internet in their own bedrooms by;

· mobile phone / smart phone

· tablets and iPads

· iPod touch and some eBook readers (eg Kindle)

· games consoles including wii-u, Xbox, playstation etc.

(eg playing 'minecraft' in multiplayer or realm mode, 'club penguin' with chat enabled, 'Pokemon Go' on public settings etc...)

· smart tv / dvd and blu-ray smart boxes

 

Therefore, we need to all work together to ensure that children are constantly reminded of the need to take some responsibility for themselves online, just as they would when they cross the road or go swimming.

Additional steps parents can take:

  • Do not share your password with your children, especially if you are going to set up any parental controls on any device. (Children have told us, and have even written about, how they deliberately ask for a password when mum or dad is busy/distracted, as they know parents think they will forget it!)
  • Consider setting up a limit to online contact, for example, one family told us that after 7.30pm all phones/ iPods / tablets / kindles etc. have to be left in a bowl in the living room until morning.
  • Set up Internet controls in windows / windows 7 / with home internet provider / apple devices (mac)
  • Set up phone controls tesco windows phone / android phones and tablets / 3 /
  • Set up games console controls xbox / playstation, wii u, nintendo, windows etc.
  • Set up parental controls on your Smart TV TiVo / sky / virgin / general digital tv
  • Make sure you talk regularly to your child, ask them what they may have seen, heard or read about it, know what sites they visit and who they are messaging. Children can and do make mistakes and need to know they have someone to talk to.