What is E-Saftey?
Esafety is all about staying safe with new technologies such as mobile phones, ipads, laptops and netbooks. New technologies are exciting, innovative, fun and informative and open up a range of possibilities when used safely. However, if we are not careful about the way we use these technologies then we can put ourselves and others at risk.
Cottage Grove Primary School believes that the internet and related technologies are an important part of our everyday life. It is essential that our children can use the internet and related technology in a safe and responsible manner. E-Safety is a crucial part of the Computing Curriculum and we are committed to providing our children with the skills and knowledge to navigate around the digital world. Technology is evolving fast and it can be difficult to keep up with the latest trends and technologies. The links below are resources for Parents and Carers to help deal with possible risks to their child’s safety when using technology at home.
Google is the main player on the internet. If you use Android devices or Google Chrome this advice from Google will help keep your family safe online. Simply setting Google Safe Search and restricting access to the playstore will help provide a good layer of protection.
Advice on how to set up parental controls on devices running Windows 7, 8 and 10 which includes information on how to set time limits on access, block certain apps and games and provides a link to Windows Live Family Safety which provides more comprehensive tools.
Advice on setting up parental controls on an XBox 360 and Xbox One, including which games can be accessed and setting access times.
Setting up parental controls on the Amazon Fire tablet.
Instructions on how to set parental controls on user accounts on a PlayStation 3 and 4.
Advice and information on how to set restrictions on iPads and iPod devices.
Advice on enabling restricted mode on a variety of devices that have access to YouTube.
Restricted mode allows unsuitable content to be filtered out of searches.
Information regarding PEGI ratings found on video games. This contains detail on the information provided by these labels and how they can help you make informed decisions on what your child(ren) should have access to.
Internet Service Providers
The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together to produce helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider. Please click here for more information
What do I need to do to stay safe and happy?
- Check privacy settings on social networking sites such as Facebook, make sure that only the people you want to see your personal information can see it and don’t pass other people’s personal information on.
- Think about what you say online and how you say it – your words can have an impact on others directly and indirectly.
- Pictures are easy to publish, pass on, edit and save – make sure your pictures don’t get in the wrong hands and don’t send any pictures of yourself to other people that you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers etc to see
- Don’t send pictures of others to other people or use pictures in a way that may upset the person/people concerned
- Don’t give out your mobile number, full name, address, school etc. to people you don’t know.
- Don’t arrange to meet people you have met online offline alone and always tell someone else what you are doing – not everybody is who they say they are!
- It is fun to share your location – remember though sharing this information can attract unwanted followers.
- Only enable Bluetooth when you need to – you could receive unwanted messages otherwise.
- Give yourself an alias when online, this way you don’t need to give out any personal information.
- If you start getting texts, pictures or calls on your phone that annoy or upset you, don’t reply, call your mobile phone operator.
What can I do if I am upset, scared or worried about something?
There are a number of things you can do:
- Talk to an adult you trust, this could be a relative, teacher, police officer, social worker or youth worker.
- Talk to someone in confidence, Childline is a confidential helpline run by the NSPCC. You can call them on 0800 1111 or go online at www.childline.org.uk
Advice for Parents
- Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them; if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
- Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The Thinkuknow site has films, games and advice for children from five all the way to 16.
- Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
- Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
- Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses to connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety settings you set are being applied.
- Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user-friendly.
More information is available from the NSPCC here
There is also some online safety guidance from SWGFL here