From September 2014 e-safety is a required part of the National Curriculum across all key stages.
E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also strive to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of electronic safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.
As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, explore, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a creative place of wonderful opportunities. However, the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
Find out more about how to stay safe online :
Useful e-safety websites:
The digital world is moving at such a pace in today’s world that it is necessary to try to stay on top of events. No child should have a Facebook account until they are 13 years of age. School cannot be responsible for many of the problems encountered from social media relationships and issues, and either the police or CEOP should be directly referred to for support.
The NSPCC have launched a series of videos and information links that can support parents/carers in talking to their children about safe use of the internet. The campaign ‘Share Aware’ is aimed at parents/carers of children ranging from age 8 to 12 years and is helpful in understanding online safety. The campaign is intended to support parents/carers in having effective conversations about staying safe online. Please click on here below to access the site.
Furthermore, the NSPCC has a free resource - Net Aware - to which they have now added 12 new sites, apps and games in their campaign for on-line safety. Parents/Carers are encouraged to use the inter-active resources to assist conversations with their children.
The site explains what other parents and young people think about 60 of the most popular social apps and games, what’s the right age, and details on privacy and safety settings.
An additional resource is available for parents to access which informs specifically about child sexual exploitation.
This site helps explain the indicators of when a child might be being exploited, appreciate the impact child sexual exploitation can have on families and know what to do if you suspect a child might be at risk of this abuse.
Whilst we all hope that such situations will be far removed from our children it is very important to be kept informed and so we trust by sharing this information with you we are assisting in this process.
There is a lot of information on the Common Sense Media website that parents/carers will find useful with regard to games, apps, videos along with age ratings and suitability.