What is E-safety?
Children have more access than ever before, at school and at home, to many types of internet communication. It might be researching a topic for homework, using Moshi Monsters on the computer, using an app on an I-pad or playing computer games with friends through a X-Box or Wii. E-safety involves making sure that our children know the advantages and disadvantages of using this technology and that they become safe, respectful and responsible users of it.
This section of the website aims to help you to keep your child safe online. You will find some simple to follow "How to" guides for various websites and programs, information on what to do if you are concerned about something you or your child have seen online, some ways you can teach your child about keeping safe online and links to websites and services that can offer further support.
On the side-bar you will find some websites that we have used in school and which support parents at home.
Hectors World is a site we have used in school and the children have really enjoyed watching and talking about the mini e-safety movies.
Internet Matters is a free website aimed at parents and links to many other excellent resources.
Think you know is a brilliant portal for children and parents alike.
Digital Parenting Magazine is an on-line magazine that is full of top tips and really useful “How to” guides.
Simon Aston, the e-safety officer for Northampton, who previously visited the school, delivered an e-safety workshop. Any parents who were unable to attend the session are welcome to look at the accompanying powerpoint (please see under 'E-Safety Files' to the left).
Age Ratings for Social Media
This has been shared nationwide on social media by police services across the UK:
We know that many children are using social media when they are 'offically' too young to sign up to these sites. We know because they tell us!
Lots of them say that Mums and Dad have signed them up - sometimes years ago. There's nothing illegal in that, but please keep in mind that if you signed your 8 year old up to facebook 5 years ago, saying they were 13 years old - they now appear as an 18 year old on that site.
If an adult tries to groom your now 13 year old via social media, they will be able to argue that they thought they were talking to another adult. Remember to update their details, check their privacy settings and talk to them about what pictures they use for their profile, so they're safe online.
Safer Internet Day 2016
Congratulations to Isla M, Delissa and Caitlin for their winning entries in the 2016 Safer Internet Day competition. we had some fantastic posters and creative poems exploring how you can play your part for a better Internet - Well done to everybody who took part!
Miss Jones and Miss Woolloff.
Unsure about an app or game?
Go to www.net-aware.org.uk/ - where a wide range of apps have been explored and rated by parents, children and the NSPCC to help you to make an informed decision.
Would you like support making your child’s tablet or phone child friendly – why not pop into an 02 store and visit a “Guru” free – they will safety proof your device with you and offer further tips and advice! Or you can call the advice line 0808 8005002 where an advisor will talk you through setting this up yourself.
www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/about-us/partners/nspcc-o2-online-safety-partnership/ has lots of great advice and tips for parents around online safety.