E safety is all about keeping our children safe on line
Our children's safety is always our priority. With an ever changing online world, it is vital that we try to keep up with what is going on so that we can keep our children safe.
You wouldn't let your child wander off into London without knowing where they were and who they were talking to. In the same way please don't let your children wander around the virtual world without having the same knowledge.
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Alan McKenzie is a e-safety advisor who works in many different schools across the country.
He has his own website that promotes e safety and regularly publishes a newsletter with all of the latest information in it.
Please take a look at this month's edition to find out more about Youtube and information about online privacy.
You can access Alan's web page at http://www.esafety-adviser.com/
The internet allows us all to explore, learn and develop. It allows us to be independent, to be in control, to develop our identities. It also allows us to create social connections with others.
These are great things and a reason to encourage children to use the internet.
Sadly, the internet is also a place where we can be taken advantage of and lied to. Just as in the real world, there are some people who will take advantage of the virtual world and use it to harm others.
Our children will use the internet.
It is vital that we teach them to stay safe.
Questions to ask children when they are online:
* What are you sharing? Can you share images and locations?
* Who are you sharing with?
* Can you 'chat' to other members? Is this chat public - ie in a chat room where others can see the messages, or is it private, where messages are only seen by the sender and the recipient.
* Is it a gaming site? Who are you playing with - ie other members, friends, strangers, the computer?
Rules to give children for online safety
* Never give out your address to anyone.
* Never give out your phone number.
* Tell your parents your passwords but NO ONE else.
* Never arrange to meet anyone you have met online without checking with your parents first.
* Never put pictures on line without checking with a parent that they are suitable.
* Do not respond to any messages that are rude or make you feel uncomfortable. ALWAYS tell an adult if this happens.
New apps are being developed almost daily. Many of these are free to download and can be very useful.
The main social media apps are
There are age restrictions in place on these apps and they are there in an effort to help your child stay safe.
If you allow your child to have an underage account it is vital that you know what they are posting and who they are communicating with.
Remember that not everyone is who they say they are and on many of these sites anyone can contact your child.
Please make sure that you are also up to date with the Apps security settings. Many apps have a way of blocking unwanted contact and preventing the sharing of information. It is very important to talk to your child about their security settings and ensuring that they are as high as possible.
Click on each of the App logos above to see details of how to secure your account.
Children will keep up to date with the development of Apps far quicker than adults will, but there is help out there!
We advise that before downloading any new app you check it out on www.net-aware.org.uk
The NSPCC and 02 have got together to look at social media apps for children. This site lets you know what the app is and they are reviewed by parents like you. So please arm yourself with the information you need before letting your child use the app.
Please remember some apps are not what they seem.
ooVoo is a popular App that allows people to chat live and send messages. It is a popular alternative to Facetime and WhatsApp but it allows you to have a video chat link wiht up to 12 people at a time.
Is it safe?
As with any app that lets you contact other people, there are risks involved. The recommended age for users is those aged 13+ and content shared on this site is often of an adult natures.
Saying that, it is also a great way to speak what lot of people at the same time.
Check out the CEOPs guide to ooVoo and decide for yourself by clicking on the icon above.
Whatever you decide, please make sure that your child is aware that if anyone says or suggests something that they feel uncomfortable or scared about - they must speak to a trusted adult.
Musical.ly is a site which lots of our children use.
It is very popular.
Did you know that when you set it up, all the security settings are wide open. This means that anyone can see any video that your child posts and that their video is advertised to others.
Please follow the guidelines below to ensure that all musical.ly accounts are safe and secure.
Reporting online misuse or abuse
It is important that children and adults know how to report online behaviour that they feel is inappropriate or dangerous.
CEOP is the main way of reporting online abuse. This is an agency linked to the National Crime Agency and is responsible for child exploitation and online protection.
The 'click CEOP' button can be found on many social media websites and will enable anyone to report online abuse.
Please note that this is not a 24 hour service and if your feel a child is in immediate danger you should always call 999.
If you need to report a case of abuse please click the button below to be linked straight to the CEOP site to make your report.
On line bullying is another issue that is on the rise. Bullying no longer ends at the school gates.
If your child is being bullied on line it is important that they talk about this.
Our main advice is
* Do not respond to any messages that are rude or unpleasant.
* Keep evidence of anything you feel is bullying. This can be through screen grabs or printing.
* Talk to someone. Come into school to talk to us, contact the online provider or the police.
Kidscape also has some great advice. Click on the picture to find out more.
Childline is also a good place for children to go if they are feeling worried or concerned. We would obviously prefer that they speak with a trusted adult so that we can support them with the things they are worried about, but this is a great support for when children don't feel they can talk to us.
Securing your Internet
If you want more control over what your children can access on line then this is a package recommended by the ECP trainer who we have had in school.
Click on the icon to see how you can control not only what your child sees, but when they can see it!