E-safety is an important part of keeping children safe when using technology at Lakeside Primary Academy, and is taught to all students explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. However, we can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work together to ensure this is consistent both at home and at school.
Please see below for some key tips for safe online use.
It’s essential to be realistic – banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
We must all remember:
- Technology is amazing – it’s good to reflect on this in conversation with your children.
- Be curious and interested – Children are more likely to come to you with worries or concerns.
- Get your children to show you their favourite things online.
- On sites aimed at kids, such as the YouTube Kids app, you can set up what your child can access. Here is a detailed ‘How to’ guide.
- Messaging apps – children may think they are anonymous and temporary but there is always a trail. Check your child’s messaging apps frequently.
- Sites aimed at adults – talk about risks with your children, safe use of webcams and setting security features.
- Gaming – Know who they are playing and talking with.
Net Aware Website
A guide to social networks children use, keeping parents up-to-date with latest popular sites/apps/and games. This gives detailed information about apps including minimum age etc.
Other websites and guidance for advice
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world.
Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre.