Many children will come to school already knowing how to use the Internet. Even Early Years children are already able to navigate the web and access games and videos. E-Safety education is a very important part of our work at St. Michael's. We understand the importance of educating children of all ages about how they can stay safe when using technology.
The five golden rules are:
- Don’t give out personal information
- Never send pictures to strangers
- Keep passwords private
- Don’t download anything without permission
- Tell an adult if you receive a mean or strange message
E-Safety for Parents
The internet and online world is part of our everyday lives. It is important to be positive and to embrace the technologies that our children enjoy, but keeping children safe is what all parents want and this can be a challenge.
The internet can be accessed from many devices: from smartphones to tablets, computer and games consoles. Many devices will have safety settings and monitoring tools which you can use to keep your children safe. For more information, check your device manufacturer’s website. Your internet service provider will also provide filters to help block age inappropriate content for children, so you may wish to speak to them about what services they can offer, or you can look at the member’s area of their website.
The internet provides a lot of opportunities for interaction with other people, not only by leaving messages on social media sites or sending emails, but also by direct interaction; for example, in many games and video streaming services. These services can include both voice and/or video transmission.
Video games have PEGI (Pan European Games Information) ratings which provide an indication of the age rating for a game and the type of content. More information can be obtained from the PEGI website.
It is important that your child(ren) know to tell you or another adult immediately if someone or something upsets them online. Many websites and games console providers have moderation services and will investigate issues. However, if you are suspicious about somebody’s online behaviour you can make a report to CEOP, while inappropriate content and media can be reported to Parentport. If you think you have viewed criminal content online you can also report this to the Internet Watch Foundation.
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