In today's world, the internet is a wonderful place for learning, speaking with friends and playing games. However, it is very important to understand how to use it safely and how to deal with any problems you may come across. Staying safe when using the internet and other new technologies is known as E-Safety.
E-Safety is not just about computers. It also refers to other technologies you can use to communicate with others, such as Smart Phones, iPads and Games Consoles.
As a school we place high importance on E-Safety. Our school’s ICT systems and network have strong E-Defences and filters. However, no computer E-Defences, at home or at school, can ever be viewed as 100% effective and it is really important that children, staff and parents remember this at all times. Therefore we advise that if your children are using computers, tablets, iPads, games consoles at home then parents should also test their E-Defences too.
E-Safety forms part of our ICT curriculum and we regularly remind our children about the importance of staying safe online.
- CEOPS - Think You Know
- Protecting children's privacy online - article Nov 2017
The following E-Safety rules will help you to stay safe when you use the internet:
1. Never write any personal information about yourself on the internet including your phone number, address, passwords and surname.
2. Be respectful! Only write kind, positive things about others online.
3. Never arrange to meet anyone you have met on the internet. If you haven’t met someone in real life, they are still a STRANGER.
4. Always tell a responsible grown up, such as a parent, grandparent, older brother or sister, or a teacher in school, if you see anything on the internet which you find upsetting, offensive or inappropriate in any way so that they can help you.
5. NEVER add people as ‘friends’ on the internet unless you are friends with them in real life. REMEMBER these people are still STRANGERS.