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E-Safety

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 can be largely controlled and curated by ever-watchful staff and network security. 

We know that for parents, the internet at home can be a 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 older 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'. 

All of the newsletters published below are available in the SchoolJotter App too. 

E-SAFETY NEWSLETTERS

Latest Newsletters

  • 03 May 2022
    May Online Safety Newsletter

    The latest online safety update is attached.
    This month covers topics such as tik-tok, sources of information to support discussions about online sexual harassment and ways to reduce the number of inappropriate pop-up adverts that children may be exposed to online.

    Our Monday afternoon adult learning course for the final half term will be focused on online safety. Details to follow.

  • 31 Mar 2022
    APRIL E-Safety Newsletter

    This month's newsletter covers ways to manage parental controls for popular consoles, tips for making children's use of youtube safer and some useful links to help teach children how to spot 'fake news' online.

    Click the link to view it.

    A recent Ofcom survey of online habits found that '70% of adults were confident they could spot misinformation - but only 20% could correctly identify the tell-tale signs of a genuine post. Among 12- to 17-year-olds, these proportions were nearly 75% and just over 10%.'

    There is an interesting BBC news article based on the results of the survey here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-60854885

  • 09 Mar 2022
    Parental Controls Guidance Booklet

    This booklet is a treasure trove of information on how to manage parental locks and what to consider if your child asks for access to a popular social media app.

    Probably not something you'll read in one sitting, but a useful reference!

  • 09 Mar 2022
    KNOWSLEY E-SAFETY NEWSLETTERS - MARCH

    The online world that children inhabit seems to evolve every week, and we understand how hard it is for parents to stay one step ahead of them. The same applies for staff in schools!

    We discussed this at a local heads meeting this week, where most schools reported the same challenges. in particular, we all seem to have children who are carrying online disagreements on during the school day and parents who are asking for advice on how to effectively manage and monitor their child's online behaviour.

    We already have a suite of tools that we use in school to educate and inform children, and the computing and PHSE curriculum does a lot of the heavy lifting here.

    Guiding parents is less simple. Most of the materials to support this are difficult for time-pressed parents to absorb or assume more background knowledge than they may have. The annual digital parenting magazine is a useful thing, but once a year is nowhere near frequent enough.

    To help, we've signed up for the monthly Knowsley E-Safety newsletter. This will offer a digestible chink of information to support parents and the March copy is attached.

    We also hope to be able to run a session for parents in the near future to help bring you all up to speed on general e-safety.

    If you have any questions (or suggestions) relating to e-safety please ask - we may not have the answers but will do our best to work out where they might be found!