We are currently developing our eSafety Policy to make sure that all of our children use ICT and the internet safely and appropriately whilst at school. You may also want to follow some of our advice and guidelines with your children at home. A useful guidance leaflet can be found here.
Staying safe online
The best way to help your child to be safe when using the internet and new technologies is to talk to them and make sure they understand these simple rules:
- Never give out personal details to online ‘friends’. Use a nickname when logging on and don’t share full name, email address, mobile number, school name and any photos, including photos of family or friends - any picture or video online can be changed or shared without permission
- Talk to your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to. Get them to show you how to use things you are not familiar with. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience, they are less likely to act inappropriately (ie via webcam) and their online ‘friends’ will see they are in a family room
- If your child receives a message that upsets them, remind them not to reply - they should save the message and show you or another trusted adult. Don’t open files sent from people you don’t know - they could contain a virus or an inappropriate image or film
- An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life, no matter how long you have been friends with them. Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that it’s better to keep online ‘mates’ online. They should never meet up with any online ’friends’ without an adult they trust. Make sure they know how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable
- Make sure your child feels able to talk to you and let them know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Don’t blame your child - let them know you trust them
Reporting online safety issues
Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can report any online safety issues or incidents at www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-report.