The Internet has become part of our everyday lives and is now easier to access then ever before, but using the Internet can also have risks.
Children and young people are more at risk of exposure to inappropriate or criminal behaviour if they are unaware of the dangers.
These dangers can include:
- viewing unsuitable content e.g. hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour, sites that endorse or encourage extremism
- giving out personal information
- arranging to meet an online 'friend'
- becoming involved in, or the victim of, bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or illegal images
- spending too much time online which can effect concentration, education, sleep and health
- copying information from the Internet or buying work from other people to use as their own.
However, here at Kitwell Primary School we know how much our children enjoy using IT and how it can help them to learn in lots of ways. We want them to be confident and safe users of the Internet and of new technology as it develops.
What is E-Safety?
E-Safety refers to child protection and safeguarding of both children and adults in the digital world. It is about learning to understand and use technologies in a safe, positive way, also about supporting children and adults to develop safe online behaviours (both in and out of school).
The Internet is part of children’s lives these days. It offers lots of educational opportunities, helps them keep in touch with friends and family and opens up a world of information and experiences. Whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a tablet, a games console or mobile phone, children are increasingly accessing the Internet in a variety of ways. As part of our safeguarding commitment we are developing an e-safety committee of staff and governors. As a group, we will review information and develop safe practices within the school. Part of our role is also to ensure parents are kept informed of school policy.
For a really useful parent magazine on e-safety click Digital Parenting Magazine.
As part of the pupils’ curriculum, Kitwell provides supervised access to the Internet. As a school, we are moving away from the use of Google with the children but instead use a child friendly search engine ‘KidRex’. http://www.kidrex.org/
To reduce the possibility of children accessing undesirable materials our Broadband provider (Birmingham Grid for Learning) operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. All of our computers are in public view and access is supervised. Children are also taught the SMART rules for using the Internet, in order to help them to stay safe wherever they use the Internet.
The SMART rules:
SAFE - stay safe, don’t give out personal information
MEETING – only meet someone from the internet with your parents
ACCEPTING – emails, IM, texts from strangers can lead to problems
RELIABLE - information on the Internet may not be true
TELL - a trusted adult if anything online makes you feel uncomfortable
We explain our ICT rules to the children frequently and annually request that the children sign up to our Acceptable Use Policy. This is the document which you will have been asked to sign at the first parents’ evening of the year.
On this page, we want to highlight some very useful E-Safety resources available for parents and hope you will explore some of the following sites. If you are aware of any other websites or resources which you feel may be of use then please feel free to contact us and let us know.
www.saferinternet.org.uk – e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally February 2018 with the slogan ‘Let’s create a better internet together’.
Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
Bullying UK - Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
Childline – ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
Other information you might like to know:
Web sites for children are not permitted to request personal information without a parent’s permission.
The age limit for using Facebook is 13.
CEOP Advice for Parents/Carers
You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?
This site aims to make online parenting simple
Children can learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer by visiting this colourful and detailed website.
The site contains good advice for both parents and teachers.
Know IT All is Childnet's multi award-winning suite of education resources designed to help educate parents, teachers and young people about safe and positive use of the internet.
Currently there are 4 KIA resources for Parents and Carers, Secondary Schools, Primary Schools and Trainee Teachers and all four resources include content for young people. You can access all these here online for free, or order on CD-ROM.
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. Well worth a read! Here are some particularly useful sections:
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.