E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School. We have extensive security measures in place in school to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our E-Safety Policy.
We work with staff, governors, pupils and parents/carers to create a school community which values the use of new technologies in enhancing learning, encourages responsible use of ICT and follows agreed policies to minimise potential e-safety risks.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the internet. This, potentially, allows them to gain access to social media sites where strangers can come virtually into their homes.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
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.
Support for Parents and Carers
Explore e-safety sites – There are lots of links to useful e-safety sites for children. They are great to fun to explore, so why not browse with them with your children.
Keep you computer in a shared area – Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, set up your computer in a shared area at home so that you can all share in the wonderful site that are available online.
Keep passwords private – Remember that passwords should be kept private and not shared with others.
Use child friendly search engines – Consider using a children’s filtered search engine and critically view all content as some websites are not what they appear.
Develop ICT skills alongside a range of other activities – Time spent online should be monitored to help prevent obsessive use of the internet. Children need to develop a range of activities many of which will be offline.
Video Games Advice
Children love to play video games, but there are some risks involved. Click on the image to the left for advice on safe gaming and PEGI ratings. The PEGI ratings should help you decide what is appropriate for your child
The parents section of the Kidsmart website, ran by Childnet International. Lots of valuable infomation and resources.
A non-profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”.
This website gives news and background to Childnet’s work and serves as a portal to Childnet’s award-winning projects
Know It All – Parents
A programme of e-safety training, help and resources for parents, as well as children, teachers and volunteers.
Empowering Parents with ICT
Childnet aim to empower parents to get involved with their children’s online activities, whatever their level of experience, in order to help their children reap the benefits of the Internet and avoid the dangers.
The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet
‘The Parents’ and Carers’ Guide to the Internet’, has been created by CEOP to provide a light hearted and realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent.
This is a great wigit from CEOP. Hector will swim quietly along in the top right of your screen as you browse the internet. If your child sees anything they don’t like, they can click on Hector and the screen will be covered. They can then alert a trusted adult.