E-safety: Do I really need to know about it?
Does it matter?
Can I really protect my child online?
The answer is yes, yes, yes.
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The internet is a wonderful, amazing resource which allows children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However, the internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children's use of technology can be a challenge - you may even feel that your children have better technical skills than you! It is incredibly important that children are aware of the impact online activity has on themselves and other people and therefore still need advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online ~ this can be from choosing a safe password from accessing inappropriate sites.
It is easy for children to feel anonymous online and it is important that they realise who is able to view and potentially share the information they have posted. When using the internet, it's important to keep personal information safe and not share it with strangers. Did you know many of the social media websites have age limits for subscription?
Some online content is not suitable for children to access, for a variety of reasons therefore at school there are filters in place to prevent them from using inappropriate content. At home, it is useful to be aware of your filtering options either on your broadband connection or individual devices.
It is also incredibly important that children realise that new friends made online may not be who they say they are and that once a friend is added to an online account, they may be sharing personal information with them. Regularly reviewing friends/followers lists and removing unwanted contacts is a useful step. If you have concerns that your child is, or has been, the subject of inappropriate sexual contact or approach by another person, it's vital that you report it to the police via the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre - you can do that by clicking here or report it to Mrs Middleton or Mrs Evans who will be able to assist you.
Whilst being mindful of these points, it is important to remember that the internet is a really positive tool that makes our lives much easier and allows us to find information at the click of a button.
The website thinkuknow has further information for children, parents and teachers and is well worth a look.
If you would like any advice or have any questions please feel free to drop in to see Mrs Smith and Mrs Holt in Year 3 classroom.