It is really important that parents and carers work with us to ensure children stay safe in their use of technology. When we talk about eSafety, we are not just talking about the internet. We are talking about the use of computers, games consoles (such as X-Box), mobile phones, televisions, tablets (such as the iPad) and many other things.
There are several elements to e-safety that we teach at The Brow:
- How to use the internet safely, and what to do if something goes wrong or we see something we shouldn't
- How to keep ourselves safe - keeping our details private and keeping our data secure
- How to behave when using technology - being courteous and responsible, and what to do if others treat us in a way which is not kind. This strand also links with our behaviour and anti-bullying policies.
- Encouraging a healthy use of technology - not over-using mobiles, consoles or computers.
As a family always consider what your 'digital footprint' and 'online reputation' looks like. Together we need to talk to the children about these two areas and support them in keeping themselves and their identity confidential. Find out more on the Kidsmart website.
For a parents overview of all areas covering eSafety read this report, 'The Ultimate Parent Guide for protecting your child on the internet.'
Have a look at the UK Safer Internet Centre for some excellent resources that will help you set up technology to be as safe as possible at home.
CEOP's Thinkuknow for Parents and Carers aims to make online parenting simple.
The Thinkuknow website has excellent resources for children of all ages from Nursery through to Key Stage Three. You can access these here www.thinkuknow.co.uk.
For parental guides on setting filters and restrictions on all different types of digital devices including smartphones, PSPs , XBox, IPads and social media apps visit Internet Matters website where you can download step by step guides.