E-safety is a priority of the safeguarding teams within the Federation, and with that in mind we have put together this e-safety section for parents and carers, containing information and links to resources produced by different organisations on a range of topics, from guides to different popular apps to information on keeping your details safe and private. When discussing safeguarding and children’s Internet usage, the feedback we receive is that many parents are unaware of what their children are accessing online, what the latest apps are, and what tools they can use to help their children use the Internet safely.
E-safety, which covers online and Internet safety, is a crucial part of modern education. Schools have a remit not only to ensure good e-safety practice in school but also to deliver the education required to allow pupils and students to make critical judgements and keep themselves safe when using the Internet and communications technology when away from the school environment.
In school, as part of our commitment to protecting our students, we use Impero’s products to help us provide a rich, yet safe, digital learning environment for our students in line with Ofsted's recommended approach. The software's intelligent monitoring features allow us to provide much more protection than traditional basic filtering, while allowing young people to learn how to navigate the online world safely and, ultimately, assess risk for themselves. Keyword detection and real-time monoritoring by the software and by our staff help us identify vulnerable students, viewing anything that has been flagged within the wider context of a student's behaviour, and high level filtering and content blocking help to ensure material deemed inappropriate is not accessible.
The Think U Know website, produced by the National Crime Agency, is a fantastic resource for all aspects of child safeguarding from online safety to young people and relationships.
As part of this, their range of support tools and films covering topics such as sexting and app usage contains 'How to..' guides for popular apps and websites, explaining such things as privacy settings, additional costs, age restrictions, and the level of control users have over their content.
In addition to NetAware, the NSPCC have a wealth of information on their main website on keeping children safe.
A large part of this relates to online safety, covering a vast array of topics from general safety, sharing too much information, and parental controls to specific articles on topics such as Pokemon Go, Minecraft, adult websites, and sexting.
Away from e-safety, the website also provides guidance on many other topics, including drug abuse, self harm, healthy behaviour, keeping children safe inside and outside of the home, and how to talk about difficult topics with children.
Share Aware, from NSPCC and O2, gives parents all the tools they need to have regular and informed conversations with their child about staying safe online. Under 20% of parents discuss online safety regularly with their children but we want to get every family talking about their child’s life online, just as they would their day at school.
Parents can sign up to the Icebreaker email series and become an expert in their child’s online world in 6 weeks, follow our four simple steps to keeping kids safe online, watch our film ‘Safety advice from a 10 year old’ or visit Net Aware – our guide to your child’s social networks apps and games.
The internet is a great place for kids to be, being Share Aware makes it safer.
Just like in real life, kids need our help to stay safe online. Teach your child to be #ShareAware with step-by-step advice from NSPCC and O2.
Digital Parenting Magazine
Vodafone's 'Digital Parenting' website contains useful artices and advice about what children can see online.
The site also includes their popular and free Digital Parenting Magazine which can be viewed online (along with previous issues).
The magazine is aimed at parents and contains a great variety of articles, statistics and advice covering a range of different topics.