E-Safety (Online Safety)
What is E-Safety?
E-Safety, Online Safety and Internet Safety are all terms used to describe the ability to act in a safe and responsible manner on the Internet and other Internet-connected environments. This gives children an understanding of the potential risks and dangers that are associated with the Internet.
CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online.
You can make a report directly to the CEOP Safety Centre by clicking on the Click CEOP button if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online. CEOP take all reports seriously and we will do everything we can to keep you safe.
As well as making a report to the CEOP Safety Centre, the CEOP Education website has information and advice to help you if something has happened to you online.
Are you being bullied?
CEOP are unable to respond to reports about bullying but if you’re being bullied and would like to talk to someone in confidence right now you can speak to Childline on 0800 1111 or talk to them online – no worry is too big or too small.
How is E-Safety taught at Eaton Valley?
Our E-Safety curriculum starts in the Early Years and progresses all the way through the school. At the beginning of each year, Years 1 to 6 complete an E-Safety unit in Computing. Within these units, children learn about potential online dangers and develop the skills needed to keep themselves and others safe online. As the year progresses, children revisit and develop their E-Safety knowledge through a range of activities and flashbacks. We also celebrate Safer Internet Day each year.
In addition to this, at Eaton Valley we have an E-Safety council, made up of children from Years 2 to 6. These children meet regularly to discuss any E-Safety issues, inform their peers of important information and organise E-Safety events.
Furthermore, in school we use an Internet filtering system to prevent children from accessing sites which may contain inappropriate content. Children also have no access to social media whilst in school.
In Early Years, the children will start to learn several rules about staying safe online. They will explore and learn about E-Safety through stories: Smartie the Penguin and Digiduck’s Big Decision. They will begin to learn about passwords and the importance of keeping them private. Also, they will learn that they should always tell an adult if they ever see anything that worries or upsets them online.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, we introduce the children to the school’s KS1 Acceptable Use Policy and the 'SMART with a Heart' rules for staying safe online.
In addition to this, we allow pupils - through the guidance of the class teacher - to explore aspects of E-Safety such as: online identities and what information should be kept safe; potential dangers in the online world; the importance of keeping passwords safe; using age-appropriate search engines to research different topics safely; cyberbullying; digital footprints; how to seek help if they see something online that upsets them; and how to interact with others online, in a safe and secure environment.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2, the children build upon and deepen their E-Safety knowledge. Children are introduced to the KS2 Acceptable Use Policy and develop their understanding of the 'SMART with a Heart' rules for staying safe online.
In addition to this, the children progressively learn about a range of E-Safety themes: what information can be shared online; how to create a strong password; how cyberbullying can be harmful and ways to deal with unkind behaviour; the importance of privacy settings; how to use age-appropriate search engines and avoid plagiarism; social media and the importance of age restrictions; consequences to unsafe behaviours online; identifying safe and secure websites; and the impact a digital footprint can have.
What can you do at home?
Protecting children at home is equally as important. Simply not allowing them to use something or ‘locking down’ all the settings does not help your children prepare for the future. The key to helping your child at home is talking to your child about the dangers when they are online and discussing what they need to stay safe.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
Follow the link below for the latest guides and information from the ThinkUKnow website and the Safer Internet Day website
Social Media - Facebook/Whatsapp/Snapchat/Twitch/TikTok
Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our pupils should NOT be using them. If your child has a social media account, talk to them about it and make sure they are aware of the risks. It is important that your child feels they can talk to you about anything they are unsure, upset or worried about.
See the links below for more information:
Click here for a guide to YouTube
Device Browser History
Did you know that 54% of children aged between 12-15 know how to delete their online browser history?
A computer history logs which programmes have been used as well as internet pages that have been visited. By deleting this history log, you will not be able to keep track of the sites/games that have been visited.
Discuss with your child which sites they visit most — are they appropriate for them to use?