Esafety encompasses the use of new technologies, internet and electronic communications. It highlights the need to educate pupils about the benefits and risks of using technology and develops an awareness in pupils that enables them to control their online experience
The school’s aims are to:
- Ensure that all members of our academy community understand and are collectively committed to promoting respectful and responsible internet use.
- To ensure that staff and pupils are aware of the benefits and risks associated with internet use and the use of social media.
- To ensure that all necessary measures are in place to safeguard all; protecting the Park Hall family.
- To ensure pupils feel safe and secure and are aware of how to keep themselves safe online.
- To ensure that all members of our Park Hall community are aware of their responsibilities to safeguard themselves and others when accessing the internet and engaging in online activities.
What are the key online risks?
Parents and carers play a key role in supporting children to learn about how to stay safe online, and they are one of the first people children turn to if things go wrong so what are the things to be aware of?
Children can be contacted by bullies or people who groom or seek to abuse them
Age-inappropriate or unreliable contact can be available to children
Children may be at risk because of their own behaviour, for example, by sharing too much information
Young people can be unaware of hidden costs and advertising in apps, games and websites
Top tips for staying safe online
How can we keep our children safe when they are online
Safety Tips: Under 5
Safety Tips: 6-10
Safety Tips: 11-13
What are the risks for our children?
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as mobile phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat and websites
Child grooming comprises actions deliberately undertaken with the aim of befriending and establishing an emotional connection with a child, to lower the child’s inhibitions in order to abuse the child. It is a process, not one-off event as groomers pretend to be someone they are not; they aim to build a special 1:1 relationship without adult supervision.
What are the common tactics and things to look our for?
- Child starts mentioning a special friend
- Child seems to have money from nowhere
- Spending more time on the internet than normal
- Not talking to you as much
- Start telling lies about where they are or who they are with
Losing control of content
Before you post that funny picture of your friend, or make that joke about someone on Twitter, ask yourself do you want everyone to see it; friends, family, grandparents, future employers? Would you be happy for others to post that type of content about you? You should be proud of everything you post online, remember once it is online it could potentially be there forever!
It’s easy for children to stumble across inappropriate material when browsing the internet, as parents or carers take the time to check the safety settings on each device. It’s usually quite simple to turn on the filters that prevent access to these sites
For advice, help or to make a report visit any of the sites below by clicking on their logo
Parent’s guide for safe YouTube and internet streaming for children