E-safety involves learning about how to minimise the risks associated with the use of technologies such as mobile phones, tablets, computers and wearable devices for young people.
Sir William Stanier school recognises that modern technology has a very significant impact on all aspects of our modern society and that young people leaving school now require considerable knowledge, skills and awareness if they are to be successful in their futures. We encourage safe use of these modern technologies as a powerful tool to help enhance learning and teaching across the whole curriculum. We strive to provide staff and students with safe and appropriate access to support the education of students whilst at the school.
Our students are learning through our Personal Development lessons how to keep themselves safe when online.
Please see guidance below for parents/carers on how minimise the risks when using and monitoring the use of technology:
- Keep the computer in a communal area of the house, where it’s easier to monitor what your children are viewing.
- Tell children to never give out their personal details and explain what is meant by this. If they want to subscribe to any services online, make up a family email address to receive the mail.
- Consider using internet filtering software, walled gardens and child-friendly search engines. Use your browser’s controls as some offer differing degrees of security for each family member.
- Find out what child protection services your Internet Service Provider (ISP) offers – do they filter for spam, for instance?
- Make sure that they only use moderated chat rooms and encourage them to introduce you to their online friends.
- Encourage your children to tell you if they feel uncomfortable, upset or threatened by anything they see online.
- Involve your children in writing your own family code of acceptable internet use. Remember that what’s acceptable for a teenager isn’t necessarily OK for a primary school-aged child, so get their input.
- Computers are expensive so bear in mind that a child with a laptop may be vulnerable when carrying it to and from school.
There are links below to useful websites that provide further information.