E-Safety

 E-Safety Rules

In today’s world, the internet is a wonderful place for learning, speaking with friends and playing games. However, it is very important to understand how to use it safely and how to deal with any problems you may come across. Staying safe when using the internet and other new technologies is known as E-Safety.

E-Safety is not just about computers.  It also refers to other technologies you can use to communicate with such as mobile phones, iPods, games consoles like XBOX 360s and PS3s.

As a school we place high importance on e-safety. Our school’s ICT systems and network are contracted through Stockport Council’s dedicated system provider which has strong e-defences and filters. However, no computer e-defences, at home or at school, can ever be viewed as 100% effective and it is really important that children, staff and parents remember this at all times. Therefore we advise that if your children are using computers at home then parents should also test their e-defences too.

E -safety forms part of our PSHE and ICT curriculum. We regularly remind our children about our agreed school policy for “Responsible Rules for Safe Internet Use” which are displayed prominently near our computers. In this way we can all help to keep each other “e-safe”.

Want to know more?  Click here for a comprehensive Guidance for Parents information sheet.  Connect Safely have produced lots of Parents’ Guides which can be found by clicking on the links below. They are a collection of short, clearly written guidebooks that demystify apps, services and platforms which are popular with children and teens and very accessible because they are written by parents, for parents. Take a peek!

The following internet sites are dedicated to cyber safety:

 

December 2016 update:

Our children are playing more and more games online; with Christmas coming up and the likelihood of Santa delivering new consoles, it is important for parents to have a good understanding of the risks online gaming can bring. Childnet International have provided an excellent 3 page online gaming guide written for parents and carers. Please take the time to read this and keep abreast of what your children are engaging in.