E-Safety

E-Safety Resources & Advice for Parents

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E-safety Information:

 

E-safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Holbrook Primary School. We have a very good filtering system in place to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any E-safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our E-safety Policy. E-safety is taught to all pupils in KS2 explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with you to ensure the E-Safety message is consistent. Your help is needed to talk to your children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. Children can accidently or deliberately be exposed to unwanted or unpleasant content or comments online and there are steps you can take at home to minimise this risk. Following on from our Parent E-Safety meetings and workshops, you may find the following advice, links and downloadable materials useful...

What can parents/carers do?

Ground Rules:

Discuss as a family how the internet will be used in your house. Consider what should be kept private online (personal information, photos etc) and decide rules for making and meeting online friends. Make sure you know what your child is doing online much like you would offline.

Computer Safety:

Install antivirus software, secure your internet connection and use Parental Control functions for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content. There are help guides below for many of the common platforms & apps.

Remember that parental control tools are not always 100% effective and sometimes unsuitable content can get past them, so don’t rely on them alone to protect your child.

Location:

Ideally, locate your computer in a supervised family area, however, table and phone technology has made this increasingly difficult to monitor. Try to encourage an "open door" policy, where you are able to check up and be "over the shoulder" at different times while your child is online. Always supervise the use of webcams in and applications which allow voice or video chat. Consider your child’s use of other devices that allow internet access such as games consoles too - especially where they can play online with others around the world.

Talking:

Talk to your child and ask them to show or even teach you how they use the internet, learn which websites or tools they like to use and why. Learning together can often open opportunities to discuss safe behaviour with your child.

Always ensure your child knows how to block or report people online who send nasty or inappropriate messages or content. Encourage your child not to retaliate or reply. Make sure your child knows to tell an adult they trust if they see something online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable.

It’s essential to be realistic - banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.

Become a silent friend on your child's accounts (esp on platforms such as Facebook) so that you keep an eye on potential threats. Don't necessarily comment online (otherwise your child may remove you from friends lists etc) however, talk to them offline instead if you have concerns.

Websites for more information:

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/childrens-services/schoolsandcolleges/esafety/esafety-parentscarers.htm - Hampshire County Council's information on E-safety for parents and carers - including how to install some controls etc on computers.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk – Visit the “Parent/Carer” Section and use the “Click CEOP” button to seek advice and report online abuse.

www.childnet.com – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety.

www.getsafeonline.org/ – Free up-to-date Security advice

www.bbc.co.uk/onlinesafety - An archived site but good for reference

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/ict/history_impact_ict/esafety/activity/ - Good game / learning activity for children...

http://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/e-safety/ A very detailed site with breakdowns of all the most common online messaging and gaming apps, including some strategies of how to avert dangers that come with these sites too.

Cyberbullying / Grooming & Inappropriate Websites:

These three topics are at the heart of maintaining positive E-Saefty and the three areas are the main focus of any online safety campaign. The ThinkUKnow CEOP website has produced very useful helpguides and information sheets, which you may like to download, below. They give a great summary of the main points and strategies for keeping young people safe from these three threats.

Cyberbullying Parent Advice

Preventing Grooming Parent Advice

Inappropriate Websites Parent Advice

Downloadable Helpguides / Parental Control Info:

Instagram Parent Guide

Whatsapp Parent Guide

KikMessenger Parent Guide

YouTube Parent Guide

Omegle Parent Guide

OoVoo Parent Guide

YouNow Parent Guide

For Further Information / Advice:

The e-Safety Coordinators Mrs Zoe Dudley (Head of School) and Mr Kevin Thorns (IT & Computing Manager) are available to discuss any help you may need or concerns that you may have. You can contact them at the school or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.