E - Safety
The world our children and young people live in is rapidly changing. Technologies are offering an abundance of opportunities, in learning and in many aspects of daily life. We as adults are naturally cautious of these new technologies and can identify risks and threats, however, for young people they are a regular and familiar part of everyday life that are being enthusiastically embraced, sometimes with little thought for the risks and threats.
We activily encourage them to utilise the benefits of Information Communication Technology (ICT), whilst at the same time helping them to understand the dangers and make the right decisions about what they share, the way they do this and who they do it with.
Our Designated Safeguarding Lead: Gareth Harrison, Jane Woodward and Heather Scott.
If you put your profile on the Internet it is your responsibility to control who sees it. Be aware that if you do put any images or views on the Internet it is really on the Internet for all to see. This means it can be copied, saved and shared without your permission. Therefore make sure you are in control. Click the links below to check out some advice on:
“The websites below will provide you with information on how to increase your awareness of the social networks children use, this allows you to stay up to date and keep your children safe in today’s digital world”.
“It’s not only social media apps that allow children to communicate with people they do not know, online games sometimes allow this facility too. Minecraft has become exceptionally popular in recent years and has the facility to communicate with people you may not know. Follow the link below for more information about Minecraft and how to stay safe whilst playing”
“If you would like advice on how to set up parental controls that help keep children safe, follow the link below for advice and guidance on how to do it”.
“Click on the link below to find a copy of the most recent Vodaphone Digital Parenting e-Magazine with helpful articles and advice about all things digital”.
Many of today’s young people do not differentiate between the online and offline worlds. They use the internet to socialise and grow and, just as you support and offer guidance in their everyday life, you should also offer this when they are online too. The best way is to talk to them about what they are doing, if they know you understand they are more likely to approach you if they need support. Click here for Tips on how to discuss tricky issues with your child.
Encourage your child to control who has access to their online activity. Talk to them to see if they know about privacy setting on social media such as Facebook. These are the main places weere they would post images and air their views.
Set the same boundaries online as you do to their normal world. Have curfews and deadlines when they do not have access, control how long they can spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries and allow them to evolve as the use of technology does.
Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. Remember they are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Click here to learn about Tools to help keep your child safe.