With the ever increasing prevalence of the Internet in our lives, E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Brockton Primary School.
Within school we aim to educate the children on how they can be responsible for their own behaviour. We also regularly monitor and assess their online etiquette, 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. We teach our children the SMART strategy to keeping safe online. To find out more click here:
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.
Remember: Transparency is vital when it comes to Internet Safety, banning it is not going to help, but being involved with your child’s online life is essential.
Follow the Golden Rules Ground Rules:
Discuss as a family how the internet will be used in your house & create family rules.
Make sure you know what your child is doing online much like you would offline.
Install antivirus software, secure your internet connection and use parental control functions for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content. (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.)
Locate your computer/tablet/gaming equipment/mobile phone in a supervised family area. Always supervise the use of webcams and applications which allow voice or video chat. (Computers can be hacked and webcams can be operational from the hacker even if the computer is turned off)
Allocate your child with a ‘daily Internet allowance’ (consider all devices that allow internet access such as mobile phones and games consoles.)
Talk to your child regularly 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.
Gaming: Gaming is becoming increasingly popular with our children. These games often have communication facilities. It is vital that as parents, you know what or who your child is accessing on these games. Content can also be variable so it is therefore advisable to follow the age restrictions that are labelled on the game. It is also recommended that you negotiate a daily allowance of time that your child can access their online games. When children are accessing games via Xbox LIVE, privacy settings can be set up.
The following websites offer useful guidance on how to keep your child safe using the internet and 21st century technology: