The Internet and online technologies are an important part of children’s lives at home and school, providing great opportunities for learning, communicating, playing and creating. As we know, these technologies create huge opportunities for us all, however, they can sometimes be a bit overwhelming and present challenges to keeping your family safe online.
At Levenshulme High School eSafety education is delivered in the ICT curriculum and is enforced by the school’s Unacceptable Use Policy. The school employs a multi-layered internet filtering system, and desktop monitoring software to further ensure that where possible students are prevented from coming in to contact with unsuitable content.
Online risks can be categorized into 4 areas:
- Conduct – young people need to be aware of the impact their online behavior can have on themselves and others
- Content – young people need to understand how to avoid or report online content that may be hurtful or harmful
- Contact – not everyone is truthful online and young people need to learn the importance of setting and reviewing privacy settings
- Commercialism – young people need to learn how to block pop-ups and spam, and turn off in-app purchasing to make sure their online enjoyment is not spoiled
For more information, Childnet has some useful leaflets here:
How you can increase E-Safety at home:
- Talk to your child about their use of ICT and online safety, especially password security https://www.google.co.uk/safetycenter/everyone/start/password/
- Reassure them that they can always talk to you if they feel uncomfortable or access anything that is inappropriate
- Make your child knows the importance of privacy settings and knows how to block or report things that concern them
- Move access to computers and the Internet where it can be monitored, such as the living room.
- Read the features of your child’s mobile phone, for example many providers have their own filtering systems.
Below are some great websites to help students and parents get the most out of your technology, use the internet responsibly and to keep you and those you care about safe on the internet.
ThinkUKnow/Parents – help and advice from the National Crime Agency. This site deals with information about sexual abuse and exploitation of young people and offers advice, explains what to do if you are concerned and explains how to report concerns to CEOP Command (formerly Child Exploitation and Online Protection) https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
ThinkUKnow/Social Media – how to report concerns to most of the major social media networks including Instagram, You Tube and Ask.fm https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_13/help/Contact-social-sites/
Kidscape Cyberbullying – help and advice if your child has been bullied through social media, phones or other technologies https://www.kidscape.org.uk/advice/advice-for-parents-and-carers/
Childnet – Some great tips for staying safe online including advice on how to start a conversation with your child on a range of safety topics http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
Google Safety Centre – A useful guide for parents with help about some of the online tools you can use to keep your family safe online including secure passwords, https://www.google.co.uk/safetycenter/families/start/basics/
PhoneBrain – a site with good advice about teens and mobile phones plus links to advice centres for many of the UK major phone networks http://www.phonebrain.org.uk/parents/what-you-can-do/
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