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Keeping Children Safe Online
E Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Avonmouth CE Primary School and Nursery.
We aim to safeguard children by ensuring that E Safety is taught to all pupils, explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. The risks of harm to children due to internet use, are much greater when children have unsupervised access to the internet through tablets, smart phones and computers, which don't have appropriate parental controls set. Children are also at risk of seeing age inappropriate material when looking at others peoples devices, for example watching older siblings playing games consoles online.
The E Safety learning that we ensure all children receive, includes teaching children how to use technology safely as well as knowing what steps to take should a child see something inappropriate online. The learning we deliver is crafted so that it is age appropriate from Nursery to Year 6.
Keeping children safe when using technology can be a very challenging task, particularly if you feel that your child has better technical skills than you do! Things change very quickly and new apps, websites and ways of communicating online appear all the time, so keeping yourself aware of your child's internet use is an important aspect of parenting in today's world.
There are many sources of information that we recommend. In particular we draw your attention to theThinkyouknow website. Overall it has the most information about all aspects of online safety, with different age categories from ages 5 - 14+. We also recommend the Parent Information Leaflets available in the Childnet website. Below are links to these websites and others recommend by the Local Authority.
- Keeping Young Children Safe Online
- Supporting young people online
- Supporting young people online (Polish)
- Supporting young people online (Turkish)
We had our latest E Safety Week in February 2016. We had an exciting range of activities and lessons for all the children, ranging from a visiting theatre company performing a show about keeping safe online, class circle times about E Safety, older children received E Safety lessons about the risks of communicating with strangers online and use of social media, to Mr Barlow and Mr Land delivering a 'How To Stay Safe Online' presentation for parents. Should any parent want support with any aspect of E Safety, please contact Mr Barlow, our Learning Mentor. He is available to meet and discuss any E Safety issue with parents - just make an appointment to see him.
The most important safety message that the School repeats to the children, is for the children to always tell a trusted adult whenever they see or hear anything that worries or scares them. Fostering open dialogue between children and parents about internet use and E Safety should be a priority for all parents and carers. This message is consistently delivered amongst the websites we recommend and is line with advice given to schools from the Local Authority.
We hope you find the links useful and the advice helps you keep your children safe online!