What is e-safety?
e-Safety is the ability to protect and educate pupils in their use of technology and to have the appropriate mechanisms to intervene and support any incident where appropriate. e-Safety encompasses not only Internet technologies but also electronic communications via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. It highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
- e-Safety concerns safeguarding children and young people in the digital world.
- e-Safety emphasises learning to understand and use new technologies in a positive way.
- e-Safety is less about restriction and more about education about the risks as well as the benefits so we can feel confident online.
- e-Safety is concerned with supporting children and young people to develop safer online behaviours both in and out of school.
Staying safe on-line
From checking the news headlines with the morning cup of coffee, to catching up with the TV shows we missed at the weekend, it’s never been easier to get on-line. The Internet in now an integral part of our lives and while children can now access the Internet not only with their home computers but also mobile phones and games consoles, there are risks and parents need to know how to protect their children effectively.
It may feel like the Internet is some alien place that your child knows more about than you and the idea of using it yourself is a bit daunting. To keep your child safe it’s important that you have an understanding of the internet, how your child uses it and the terminology used on-line.
Your child will probably be more than happy show you what they do and how it works or the local library, college or community centre may run classes on computers and the internet.
Keeping your child safe on-line:
- Talk to your child about the possible dangers posed by the internet.
- Tell them what they should do if they have any worries or concerns.
- Explain that anything shared online or by mobile phone could end up being seen by anyone.
- Understand what your child does online and know which websites they visit.
- Put the computer where the whole family can see it, not out of sight in a bedroom.
- Use filtering software to block inappropriate sites.
- Encourage your child to use websites where they can find advice and guidance on safe (but fun) use of the internet.
Most large Internet service providers now offer parental controls as part of their produts which can be activated at any time. Below are links to …
There are also a number of 3rd party services that can add another layer of protection. Some of these are listed below.
Parental contols are also available for mobile phones and tablets. These vary from device to device so the best place to start is the website of your devices manufacture.
Please remember no filter or parental controls tool is 100% effective, and many of the risks that young people face online are because of their own and other’s behaviour. It is therefore important to talk to your children about staying safe online with your child and make sure they know that they can turn to you if they get into any difficulty.
Websites that can help
Below is a list of excellent websites for you to visit and find more information on how you can help your child stay safe on the Internet.
- parentinfo.org – Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience. Schools can host the content on their own website and use it in any other ways (in letters to parents etc) that they want.
- www.thinkuknow.co.uk – Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people from Think U Know. Learn about online safety when using blogs, chatting, online gaming, P2P and other forms of technology like mobiles.
- www.vodafone.com/content/parents – Offers parents information and advice about the latest digital technologies and the kind of challenges children and teenagers might face in their digital world.
- www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers – Guide for parents and carers on how to keep children safe on the internet, includes advice and educational resources.
- www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-parents – Bullying advice from Bullying UK – bullying at school, cyber bullying, and find out how you can deal with it.
- www.kidscape.org.uk/parents-carers/cyber-bullying-online-safety – Cyber bullying advice, helpline, information, resources and training.
- www.childline.org.uk – Get help and advice about a wide range of issues.
- www.saferinternet.org.uk – UK Safer Internet Centre, where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
- www.ceop.police.uk – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
- www.mkscb.org/mkscb-parentsandcarers – The MKSCB agrees how local services and professionals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
- www.phonebrain.org.uk – PhoneBrain is brought to you by the UK regulator for phone-paid services, and was set up to educate young people about these services and the costs involved.
- www.kidsmart.org.uk – Childnet International’s Kidsmart website has a section for young people aged 11 plus, dealing with mobiles, file-sharing, chat, trackback (for example, digital footprints) and privacy.
- www.digizen.org – Childnet’s Digizen site offers practical information, advice and resources designed to help schools, parents and carers understand the benefits and risks of young people’s use of technologies.