E-Safety encompasses internet technologies and electronic communications such as mobile phones as well as collaboration tools and personal publishing. It highlights the need to educate children about the benefits and risks of using technology and provides safeguards and awareness for users to enable them to control their online experiences.
The school’s e-safety policy reflects the need to raise awareness of the safety issues associated with electronic communication as a whole.
E-Safety depends on effective practice at a number of levels:
- Responsible ICT use by all staff and children; encouraged by education and made explicit through published policies.
- Sound implementation of the e-safety policy in both administration and curriculum, including secure school network design and use.
- Safe and secure internet provision.
John Gulson Primary School E-Safety Policy 2014
Our e-safety policy has been written by the school, building on that proposed by BECTA e-safety policy and government guidance. It has been agreed by senior management and approved by governors. An E-Safety Coordinator (Miss M. Verdi) and a named governor takes responsibility for e-safety. The policy and its implementation will be reviewed annually.
How can you help to keep your children safe online?
- Know what your children are doing online and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to use any applications you have never used.
- Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience – and that they are less likely to act inappropriately.
- Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends — personal information includes their messenger ID, email address, mobile number and any pictures of themselves, their family or friends. If your child publishes a picture or video online, anyone can change it or share it.
- If your child receives spam/junk email & texts, remind them never to believe them, reply to them or use them. It’s not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don’t know. They won’t know what they contain — it could be a virus, or worse — an inappropriate image or film.
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online and therefore it’s better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Always keep communication open for a child to know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Teach young people how to block someone online and how to report them if they feel uncomfortable.