Whether on a computer at school or home, a games console or mobile phone, our children are now more able to access the internet more freely than ever before.
We all want our children to be safe however and whenever they choose to access the internet. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so.
As children grow up in an increasingly digital world, they need to be aware of the risks they face online. Everyone can play a part in keeping children safe.
Please take a look at our e-safety document to see how we protect children within the school environment.
Internet Agreement Letter
For more information on how you can help your child understand the risks and dangers involved with using the internet visit the CEOP ‘Think You Know’ website by clicking on the link below. There are some other links available below.
There are also links available on DB Primary for the children to explore and discover how to stay safe online.
E-safety Information for Parents
As this week is anti-bullying week, we have been looking at different areas of bullying and ways in which to prevent and stop it. One aspect of bullying is cyber bullying and we have investigated techniques specifically in this area. We have also spoken to the children about the use of technology and the internet at home.
E-safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Saint Augustine Webster Voluntary Academy. We have extensive security measure in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers in unsuitable material. Any e-safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our e-safety policy. E-safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay sage and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with you to ensure the e-safety message is consistent. Your help is needed to talk to your children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. Children can accidently or deliberately be exposed to unwanted or unpleasant content or comments online and there are steps you can take at home to minimise this risk.
What can parents/carers do?
Discuss as a family how the internet will be used in your house. Consider what should be kept private online (personal information, photos etc). Make sure you know what your child is doing online much like you would offline.
Install antivirus software, secure your internet connection and use Parental Control functions for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content and contact.
Remember that parental control tools are not always 100% effective and sometimes unsuitable content can get past the, so don't rely on them alone to protect your child.
Locate your computer in a supervised family area. Always supervise the use of webcams and applications which allow voice or video chat. Consider your child's use of other devices that allow internet access such as mobile phones and games consoles.
Talk to our child and ask them to show or even teach you how they use the internet, learn which websites or tools they like to use and why. Learning together can often open opportunities to discuss safe behaviour with your child.
Always ensure your child knows how to block or report people online who send nasty or inappropriate messages or content. Encourage your child not to retaliate or reply.
Make sure your child knows to tell an adult they trust if they see something online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable.
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.