Protecting students means providing a safe learning environment by using appropriate monitoring and filtering to control what students can access while at school. But, this only protects them while they are on school premises. Education around e-safety is the only way to ensure that, wherever they are, they know how to stay safe online.
The education of e-safety covers a wide range of subjects, including:
- Online behaviour - understanding what constitutes cyber-bullying and how to behave safely and with respect for others
- Protecting your online reputation – understanding both the risks and rewards of sharing personal information online (your digital footprint)
- How to use social networking safely
- Understanding the reliability and validity of online information
- Data security - keeping your personal information safe and being aware of viruses and hacking
- Knowing what to do if anything bad happens (e.g. you are a victim of cyber-bullying or you upload something by mistake)
At Beaconhill Primary School we encourage our pupils to be actively involved in new technology and the modern world which we live in. Denying children access to the internet does not protect them from potential issues and disadvantages them from the many benefits which are available.
In order to protect our children, we try to offer a comprehensive programme of education and opportunities for pupils to learn how to protect themselves in school, but more importantly outside of school and in their future lives.
Below are a selection of websites and resources which children and parents can use to increase their knowledge of how to stay safe on line.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) website at which parents and children can report any concerns they have. CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
We would recommend parents view this site by the NSPCC which gives in depth information about popular apps which children use and how to keep them safe, including how to effectively operate privacy settings.
Think You Know? - child friendly information by CEOP
Safer Internet Day (information linked to the annual event)
Common Sense Media site reviews videos, games, books, websites to help parents and children know which ones are safe to use.
'Get Safe On-line', gives answers to many questions, via 'Terry Tablet' who answers any questions, informative videos and includes an update on current on line issues and scams.
Kid Smart - guidance on different areas of on line communication
Net Smartz Kids - child friendly activity site
Newsround Quiz - safety quiz and information from the BBC
I Keep Safe - adult orientated sight with strong parenting advice for on line protection