Following on from the Parents e-Safety meeting, here is the link to a really useful and helpful website for information to help both yourselves and your children stay safe online.
e-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Victoria Community School . We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, 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 explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online, this is taught to all children throughout the Autumn term to make sure they have a safe start to the year (see Computing Curriculum scheme of work).
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. Mrs Keyworth-Edwards offers and runs e-Safety workshops throughout the year, especially during Health, Safety and Fitness Week or feel free to drop in and speak to Mrs Keyworth-Edwards about security at home on PC's and portable devices.
The children will complete an individual picture of their own digital footprint, this will then be collated into a class digital footprint and finally a whole school survey will be completed to show how much of a digital footprint we are making in the world. Please support your children at home completing this activity as we are trying to raise awareness of our own digital footprints.
Remember e – Safety is about staying safe when using all the fantastic facilities that the internet and communications have to offer.
It is extremely important that all children and adults learn to stay safe when using these new technologies.
Using the internet and your mobile to chat to people or share ideas is great fun!
But it can also be tricky; as you are not face to face, you can never be sure who you are talking to or who can see your pictures or videos.
... remember, if you can lie about your age to get onto a site, so can anyone else!
Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:
Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet. Click here to read more.
When children are accessing games via Xbox LIVE, privacy settings can be set up. To read more, click here.
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on Facebook settings, Xbox360 settings, Blackberry controls, jargon busting and many more 'How to Guides'. Well worth a read!
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.