What is E-Safety?
E-Safety encompasses not only Internet technologies but also electronic communications via mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. It highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
- E-Safety concerns safeguarding children and young people in the digital world.
- E-Safety emphasises learning to understand and use new technologies in a positive way.
- E-Safety is less about restriction and more about education about the risks as well as the benefits so we can feel confident online.
- E-Safety is concerned with supporting children and young people to develop safer online behaviours both in and out of school.
E-SAFETY NEWS UPDATES
Warning for Fortnite users
NSPCC HAVE SUGGESTED THAT 25% OF CHILDREN HAD BEEN CONTACTED ONLINE BY STRANGERS THROUGH FORTNITE.
The charity advised parents to turn off the voice chat system in the game to ensure children avoided inappropriate contact. But the charity warned that the text messaging system in the game could not be disabled.
The NSPCC said parents should:
· let children know they could talk to them if upset or worried by
anything they had seen online
· familiarise themselves with what their children did online and
understand why they liked particular apps or games
· agree family rules on how to use apps, sites and games
· use privacy settings and parental controls to keep children safe
Read the article below for more information:
The Councillors CSE Working Group
“Child Sexual Exploitation – raising awareness with parents.”
An elected member of the above working group recently considered Child Sexual Exploitation and felt that there still needed to be more done to raise awareness for parents of the dangers. In order to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation issues with Sefton parents, elected members have written to all schools to promote the Child Sexual Exploitation e-learning tool with school leaders and governing bodies, and to request that schools include the link to the e-learning tool on below on their website and in school e-newsletters.
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) and the Virtual College teamed up to provide a short, free online course entitles ‘Keep Them Safe: Protecting Children from CSE’ designed to equip parents and carers with the knowledge to protect children against sexual exploitation.
Details are available via the following link: https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources/free-courses
FOR MORE UPDATES SEE THE SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
The SMART Rules
At Our Lady of Lourdes, we use the SMART rules (Childnet.com) to help children understand how to keep themselves safe whilst using the Internet. Every year, we also have a competition to design a SMART poster and each class chooses a winner. These posters are then displayed in the ICT Suite.
E-Safety Animation Competition 2017
Last year, Mrs Hodge organised an E-Safety animation competition in school to promote the SMART rules. Three winning teams from Year 6 then had the opportunity to go to Edge Hill University, along with other schools, to present their winning entries. A fun day was had by all. Click on the link below to view one of the winning animations.
This year, we have appointed E-Safety Ambassadors in all classes from Years 1 to 6. Each class had to vote for who they would like to represent them. They will attend special meetings, which will be held termly, and will promote safer internet use in their own class.
If you have concerns or issues that you would like discussed, then please let your class E-Safety Ambassador know!
Below is the current list of class E-Safety Ambassadors:
Parent and Child Internet Safety Workshops
Many thanks to those parents and children who attended Mrs Hodges’ workshops this term. If you missed them, there will be more being run in the Summer term. The resources by SaferInternet,org.uk used during the sessions, including a list of useful websites, are available below.