With children of all ages having access to the internet on a wide range of connected devices, it is of vital importance that both children and parents are aware of the risks and dangers of unsupervised internet access. This is why it is important that E-Safety is taught to all pupils at Matchborough First School Academy explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately on the internet through lessons, assemblies and Internet Safety Days.
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.
What can parents/carers do? Follow these simple rules.
- Discuss as a family how the internet will be used in your house. Consider what should be kept private online (personal information, photos etc) and decide rules for making and meeting online friends. Make sure you know what your child is doing online much like you would offline.
- 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 your 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.
We encourage parents/carers to contact school to make an appointment to speak with Mrs Farr, our E Safety leader, with any problems, concerns or questions.