E-Safety is an awareness of how to use the internet (and technology in general) safely.
Within curriculum time we focus primarily on the importance of secure passwords, the use of critical thinking to filter search results and information found online and how to make the right choices when personal data might be shared. This is taught alongside the use of technology such as our chromebooks and the digital tools that we use in lesson time. However, we are aware that in school we are working within a relatively safe 'walled garden', where children's access to the internet is largely controlled and curated by ever-watchful staff.
We know that for parents, the internet can be a more challenging environment to manage; children will often have largely unsupervised access to everything that it offers and this can mean that they stumble into unwanted areas. Balancing the desire for them to take personal responsibility for online activity, a sensible degree of oversight and the demands of family life can be difficult.
Similarly, once an app or game becomes 'the next big thing' amongst peer groups it can be difficult to explain to younger children why it's not right for them yet, or to prevent them accessing it at all without taking a hardline stance over more general access.
It's not possible to cover every aspect of this in a single page, but we hope that the resources and links here will provide starting points for parents keen to learn more about how to support their children growing up in 'the Digital Age'.
JEFF'S FOLDER OF PARENT RESOURCES
The folder below downloads a zip-file full of useful things to help parents find their way through the online maze - and help children to deal with the blind corners and dead-ends!
SAFE SEARCH OPTIONS
If you're using Google, make sure you switch SAFESEARCH on first.
For instructions, look HERE