E-Safety Information for Parents/Carers
E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Ridgeway Academy. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our e-Safety Policy. E-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
Recently we have had a number of parents express concerns about children’s behaviour online. Children can accidently or deliberately be exposed to unwanted or unpleasant content or comments online and there are steps you can take at home to minimise this risk.
We are particularly concerned about the following websites as their platforms are created by other users and so therefore they are really chat rooms. Children will not know who they are talking to and opportunities for grooming are high.
What can parents/carers do? Follow the Golden Rules!
- Discuss as a family how the internet will be used in your house. Consider what should be kept private online (personal information, photos etc) and decide rules for making and meeting online friends. Make sure you know what your child is doing online much like you would offline. For example as long as you are honest about your age in ROBLOX, the system will not allow you to receive messages or send messages.
- Install antivirus software, secure your internet connection and use Parental Control functions for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content or contact
- Remember that parental control tools are not always 100% effective and sometimes unsuitable content can get past them, so don’t rely on them alone to protect your child.
- Microsoft family safety account: This is a free account where you can ask your child to logon, you can monitor websites that thy have been on and searches that they have conducted.
Locate your computer in a supervised family area. Always supervise the use of webcams in and applications which allow voice or video chat. Consider your child’s use of other devices that allow internet access such as Mobile Phones and Games Consoles.
We cannot stress this enough. Your child is most vulnerable online in their bedroom at night with their mobile phone. Many of the incidents of cyberbullying or E-safety concerns that we deal with happen during this time.
Websites for more information:
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ and use the “Click CEOP” button to seek advice and report online abuse
www.childnet.com– Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety
www.getsafeonline.org – Free up-to-date Security advice
http://clickcleverclicksafe.direct.gov.uk – Click Clever Click Safe Campaign
www.cybermentors.org.uk– Online support for children
Take responsibility for your childs’ online safety NOW. Before it’s too late!
Mrs L Tait
Deputy Head Teacher