What is eSafety?
At its simplest level, eSafety means being safe on the internet. We also include the safe use of technology in this as well as it is continuing to evolve at such as rapid rate.
Why is eSafety important?
Increasingly, children are using the internet away from desktops at home or school, whether on a mobile or a tablet. This means it has become more likely that children will be subjected to online bullying or inappropriate content, and more likely that they will come into contact with people who may have malicious intent.
Despite parents doing all they can to prevent their children accessing potentially dangerous content, a report by the UK Safer Internet Centre revealed that 70% of young people aged between 8 and 17 had seen images and videos not suitable for their age group online, while a fifth of the 1,500 young people questioned said they had received an image or video that aimed to bully them.
What do you do at school to promote eSafety?
Online safety was introduced into all key stages of the curriculum in 2012, with schools required to teach children about how to stay safe online from the age of 5. The various levels of guidance are aimed at different age groups, ensuring all ages understand the risks and are able to alert an adult should they be concerned about someone's behaviour online or feel they are being targeted by cyber bullies. Cyber-bullying forms an important part of our anti-bullying work in school. All children attend half termly eSafety assemblies and eSafety forms an important part of both our People in the Know curriculum and our ICT curriculum.
What could we be doing at home to promote eSafety?
Although e-safety is listed by Ofsted as one area in which schools must take responsibility, it's also important that parents and carers take the matter seriously, ensuring their children are protected against the dangers online. Parents, carers, family members and other adults should ensure they are aware of what children are doing online and should have processes in place to check children are using the internet and connected devices safely. As is the case with educational staff, parents should take the time to learn about e-safety and how to deal with situations when they arise. Being aware of, and adhering to, online age restrictions is also a really important step parents and carers can take to keep their children safe. On a similar note, it is important guardians are aware of age restrictions of popular digital games, like Fortnite and Call of Duty, which should not be played by primary -aged children.
What should I do if I have a concern about my child’s online activity?
Do your research. Talk to them—address it head on and ensure appropriate online-restrictions are in place. Talk to school if you need our help.