|At Park Hill Junior School we take E-Safety extremely seriously, and regularly cover the topic with the pupils and staff. Recently all pupils have had the opportunity to explore the advice given by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) through their Think u Know website.
Below is some guidance from London Grid for Learning (www.safety.lgfl.net), about how to help your child stay safe online.
'The best way to help your child to be a safe when using the internet and new technologies is to talk to them and make sure they understand these simple rules:
- You should never give out personal details to online ‘friends’. Use a nickname when logging on and don’t share full name, email address, mobile number, school name and any photos, including photos of family or friends – any picture or video online can be changed or shared without permission.
- Talk to your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to. Get them to show you how to use things you are not familiar with. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience, they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam) and their online ‘friends’ will see they are in a family room..
- If your child receives a message that upsets them, remind them not to reply, they should save the message and show you or another trusted adult.
- Spam and junk emails and texts are not true, don’t reply or send them to anyone else, just delete them.
- Don’t open files sent from people you don’t know. They could contain a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.
- An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life; no matter how long you have been friends with them.
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that it’s better to keep online ‘mates’ online. They should never meet up with any online ’friends’ without an adult they trust.
- Make sure they know how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable.
Make sure your child feels able to talk to you, let them know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Don’t blame your child, let then know you trust them.
Here are two useful leaflets from the NSPCC:
O2 NSPCC - Share Aware Leaflet
Your child's online world
Other useful websites:
Educate against hate
The Government has recently launched a major new website that gives parents practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation http://www.educateagainsthate.com/
#DITTO E-safety magazine from Alan Mackenzie
#DITTO is a free online safety magazine from esafety adviser, Alan Mackenzie, aimed at schools, organisations and parents. The content looks at risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology. You can find the latest edition of #DITTO here: http://www.esafety-adviser.com/latest-newsletter