E-Safety – Parents

The Internet opens up the world to everyone. It is so important that St Alban’s children and parents educate themselves about e-safety as we are all as vulnerable as each other to the dangers of the Internet.

E-safety (electronic safety) is as important as any other health and safety education, the electronic world allows people to be who they want to be whilst hiding behind their keyboard.  You do not truly know anybody online.

While the world wide web (www) allows for many wonderful educational and learning opportunities and experiences,  a great deal of content also exists that is not appropriate for children. We hope that this information will support you in keeping your children safe in this digital world.

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No pupil at St Alban’s should be a member of Facebook; this is a violation of their  “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”, information can be found at the official Facebook website.  This violation stands even if it is an adult who creates the account for the child.  Please deter your child from breaking these rules and if you do know of anybody violating this code please report them.  If your child has an account please delete it by visiting the Facebook site.
Children must be at least 13 years old to join Facebook.

 

To prevent your child from accidentally – or deliberately – stumbling across inappropriate sites it is worth turning Safe Search on.  While Safe Search does not completely guard your child against all inappropriate content, it will remove the vast majority of bad results.  Major search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing allow you to easily switch between safe and normal search results.  You can turn safe search on by clicking on the relevant search engine below:

Google: http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2986286&rd=1

Yahoo: http://help.yahoo.com/kb/index?page=content&id=SLN2247&locale=en_US&y=PROD_SRCH

Bing: http://www.bing.com/preferences.aspx

If you are using a different search engine, I recommend searching for the phrase “safe search {insert search engine name here}”.

Online communication opens up a whole can of worms!

Effectively, you can be anybody you want to be when you are behind a computer screen, this leaves children vulnerable to criminals impersonating other children.  The Internet can be used for a number of  nasty crimes towards children and children should always be supervised when on chat rooms and message boards and when e-mailing.  Children should be told not to divulge personal information such as phone numbers, their address, school they attend or any friends or family names.  The less information they share, the better.

The other worry with online communication is the act of bullying.  Social networking attracts a lot of cowards who hide behind their keyboard and say things they would probably never dream of saying in real life.  People think that they can’t be held accountable for their actions online but are not aware that it takes just one form to report them to those in charge.
Online bullying is exactly the same as bullying: a criminal offence.  Any online communication be it email, text, instant message, Facebook message or tweet – is being tracked and can not be permanently deleted.
If you think your child has been part of online bullying you should follow the advice set by the government.

More information regarding how to talk to your child about e-safety can be found at the thinkuknow website
Know IT All for parents and carers is a unique interactive guide produced by Childnet International designed to really help you as a parent or carer keep up to date with how children are using the internet, and support them in using these new exciting services safely and responsibly.

The KnowITAll educational video is available in a number of different languages.

If you know something is happening, report it immediately.  Online crime is not acceptable.

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