At Oaklands Primary school e-safety is very important for both children and adults. We aim for all pupils to understand the opportunities that technology brings, as well as understanding and knowing what to do if you ever feel uncomfortable online. E-safety forms part of the school curriculum and is a part of every lesson where computing is taught. Equally, the adults in school follow a strict set of guidelines to ensure that safeguarding your children remains our top priority.
In the past 12 months we've run two parent sessions, the first, just for parents and the second for parents and their children.
The code club have come up with 5 tips to keep you safe:
1. Keep your details safe.
2. Put a safety block on your computer and use safe websites.
3. Decide with your parents or teacher what to do if you feel unsafe.
4. Only contact people you know and trust. (It never hurts to check with an adult)
5. Think about what you put online. (Once it's on it's there forever)
Remember that age restrictions are set for a reason e.g. Facebook and Instagram have a minimum age use of 13 years
Useful Web Sites for Parents
- www.childnet-int.org – A non-profit making organisation working directly with children, parents and teachers to ensure that the issues of online child protection and children’s safe and positive use of the internet are addressed. Childnet International produce an online CD guide specifically for parents KnowITAll – www.childnet-int.org/kia/
- www.thinkuknow.co.uk – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own educational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers. There are different sections for different age groups.
- www.getsafeonline.org A beginners guide to using the Internet safety, including a quiz and some video tutorials about how to ‘stay safe’ on-line.
- www.kidsmart.org.uk – Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children’s internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
- http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/2011/10/advice-for-parents/ – Managing your Media – Good Ofcom online safety video and guide for parents/carers
- www.bullying.co.uk – One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.
- www.parents.vodafone.com – Vodafone have developed this website in conjunction with mumsnet. It is very accessible and provides information and guidance to parents with understanding their child’s digital world and get more involved. There is even an on-line test to see how much you know!
- www.internetmatters.org – Lots of guidance and articles for parents about keeping their children safe online
The photos in our slideshow below show what the web team found on an "e-safety hunt" around the school.