E Safety

E Safety

Autumn term 2017 

Online Safety Week

November 20th - 25th is our termly Online Safety Week. 

​Linking in with our recent work during Anti-Bullying Week, the children are thinking about appropriate and kind conduct not only to each other in the 'real' world but also online. We revisit Online Safety every term because we know how important it is for children and our school community to feel safe online and know what to do if they feel at risk.  

 

​This term, online safety is particularly important; w​ith Christmas coming up it is a good time to think carefully about the kinds of computer games and online content your child might access. 

We strongly recommend you look at this site 

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/game-reviews 

It is for parents only, giving an in depth, factual rating and analysis of most games, apps and films, clearly itemising content, levels of language and ​the kind of content your child might be exposed to whilst playing these games.  

Don't forget that almost all online computer games now come with messaging functions built in. This means your child could be chatting online to strangers and coming into contact with content and opinions that are unsuitable or leave them at risk. For more information on social media functions within computer games please visit  

http://www.torbayvirtuallysafe.co.uk/parents/gaming/ 

FAMILY AGREEMENTS: 

We have also found that family agreements are something practical that children and parents can discuss and agree together. These can be very effective as they give both child and parent responsibility. There is a good template at: 

http://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Family-agreement-template.pdf  

The Family Agreement can go up on the fridge so everyone at home is always reminded of what’s been agreed. 

For further information on setting ‘Safe Search’ functions and other safety tools on Google: 

google.com/goodtoknow/familysafety/tools/ 

For general advice, resources and information on specific online safety issues: 

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ 

Any queries or issues; please ​speak with your child's class teacher, ​Mr Trewinnard or Mr Funnell.

Useful Resources

As parents you can support your child in staying safe online by having a quick look at some of these resources listed below. These websites have comprehensive information for parents and children as well as top tips and contact details should you have concerns or need further information.  

Computer

  http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

  https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-your-child-staying-safe-online/yvirtuallysafe.co.uk

  http://www.pegi.info/en/index/  (this is the international film and games rating site – it explains the rationale and ratings bands for films and games). 

  Don’t forget, you can also talk to our Safeguarding Lead Mrs Full if you have any queries or concerns, or simply would like further information on helping you and your family stay safe online. 

 

 

 

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