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E-Safety Information and Advice

The internet is a integral part of lives and an important and useful resource for all of us. With the development of new technology its availability and easy access has become a normal part of the lives of children and young adults. It is vital that we do all that we can to ensure the safe use of the internet and all work together on the issue of e-safety.

Latest Articles from Parentinfo.org

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    Posted on 14 February 2020 | 10:26 am

  • Wattpad: unleashing creativity…or unleashing unwanted content?

    Wattpad is a popular online platform that allows millions of people to share their stories. But concerns have been raised that there is no quality control and pornographic and other troubling content is slipping through. Wattpad website

    Posted on 6 January 2020 | 1:09 pm

  • Grieving in the digital age

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    Posted on 6 January 2020 | 11:16 am

  • Emerging financial independence and the risks of gambling

    Find out more about how you can help young people manage their money and understand gambling-related risks. Figurines standing on top of a wallet

    Posted on 6 January 2020 | 10:52 am

  • What does it meme?

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  • Screen time: why you shouldn’t worry

    We hear constantly that screen time is a problem. But is screen time really that bad for you? Oxford Internet Institute Senior Research Fellow and Director of Research Professor Andrew Przybylski debunks the myths.  Girl sitting on the ground with her smartphone

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Internet facts

The following facts might surprise you...

  • 94% of teenagers are on Facebook but Twitter and Instagram now have a faster growth rate in terms of teenage usage
  • 70% of teenagers use a smartphone
  • 38% of young people have been affected by bullying online
  • 25% of a teenagers ‘friends’ online are people that they have only met online

E-safety in school

As part of our computing lessons all students spend their first few weeks investigating e-safety and all aspects of staying safe online. They are encouraged to report any negative issues they may encounter online to a trusted adult which includes all school staff. Our school police community support officers provide a ‘safety’ assembly which includes a focus on e-safety, cyber bullying and the possible consequences of inappropriate internet use. Students are informed how to report cyber bullying and e-safety posters are displayed in prominent positions around school.

Social Networking

The use of social networking sites such as Instagram and Snapchat are becoming increasingly popular. This is despite the fact that you have to be 13 years old in order to have a profile. There is a wealth of advice online about social networking sites. Please click on the links below for further support:

In the News

Top tips for students

  • Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
  • Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
  • Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
  • Never give out your passwords
  • Don’t befriend people you don’t know
  • Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
  • Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
  • Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
  • Respect other peoples' views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views does not mean you need to be rude
  • If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.

Top Tips for Parents

  • Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest.
  • Encourage your child to go online and explore sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
  • Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online.
  • Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online.
  • Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space.
  • Know what connects to the internet and how. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console.
  • Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.

Useful websites

If you are concerned about anything online please use the following helplines:

Childline 0800 1111

If you are worried about a child and need some advice call 0808 800 5000

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