Every year we provide training for our parents on how to keep themselves and their children safe online.
As part of our work for Safer Internet Day 2020 we held a successful E-Safety Parent Workshop on Thursday 13th February presented by Julie Merry.
A range of issues that parents had were discussed, good practice and online resources were shared, videos, safety tips and described the e-Safety tips we teach the children.
Alongside specific eSafety lessons and assemblies, we remind the children everytime we go online about the main rules to keep them safe. We use the CEOP film featuring Lee and Kim in KS1 to discuss how the children can keep themselves safe and what to do if they feel worried or scared by something they have seen.
Here are some links to resources to look at with your child at home:
Why Do We Need eSafety?
Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone, children and young people are increasingly accessing the internet whenever they can and wherever they are.
As we would protect children in the real world, we want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If children understand the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from online technology and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them.
Although chatting online can be great fun, young people can sometimes find themselves in situations where they can feel out of their depth. Risks can arise when young people give out their personal details to strangers. The online world can often seem very different to the real world for young people, and they can be tempted to say and do things that they wouldn’t dream of if they met someone face-to-face. This can include giving out personal information such as their full name, address, school, mobile numbers and pictures of themselves etc. Paedophiles are very clever at piecing together small bits of information to track children down in the real world.
There is also an increasing risk of young people being ‘bullied’ or ‘bullying’ using online technologies and mobiles. This is known as ‘cyberbullying’. Bullies often behave more aggressively than they might face-to-face because they can hide behind an electronic veil to disguise their true identity.
Even at this age, pupils will have been exposed to very differing experiences of internet use. However, a survey by Ofcom1 tracking digital usage has shown that 66% of 5-7 year olds use the internet at home – with at least 30% using it for games, schoolwork (26%) and information (15%).
Additionally, over 85% have access to games consoles which may have an online ‘gaming’ or ‘chat’ facility when linked to the internet. Many will have observed older siblings using social networking sites, instant messaging and chat rooms. It is our belief that early awareness of the dangers will prepare young children for ‘safe’ enjoyment of the internet as they get older.
Even if some pupils are not using the internet, this resource also reinforces awareness of ‘stranger danger’ in the real or offline world as well as the online world.”
How To Stay Safe
Overchurch Infant school takes its responsibility of safeguarding your children very seriously. One key aspect of safeguarding is e-Safety.
We teach the children5 key rules:
- Always ask a grown up before you use the internet. They can help you find the best thing to do.
- Don’t tell strangers your password, where you live, your phone number or where you go to school. Only your friends and family need to know that.
- Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know. You don’t want strangers looking at photos of you, your friends or your family.
- Tell a grown up if you ever get butterflies in your tummy or get scared about something you see.
- Be nice to people online. Treat them as you would in the playground.