E-safety means electronic safety. It is about protecting children in the digital world and ensuring they feel safe when accessing new technology. It is a vital life skill and one we take very seriously so the children grow up using technology appropriately and safely.
Children’s use of the internet is becoming more mobile and interactive offering young people more opportunities to interact and meet new people, so it’s never been more important to make sure you are helping your child stay safe in the digital world.
At St Barnabas we want to celebrate the benefits of technology and educate the children to be safe in its use. E-safety is a vital element of safeguarding children and young people. It also emphasises the importance and use of new technologies in a positive way as well as encouraging young people to develop safer online behaviours. Internet safety is addressed throughout the year through our Computing and PSHE curriculum and whenever technology is used in our learning.
Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others. Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online. Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:
Tips for staying safe online:
- Make sure you keep new online friends strictly online. If someone you don't know asks to be your online friend you must ensure an adult knows about it.
- Know how to use the CEOP Button and how to report it to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards you.
- If you're worried about something a child or young person may have experienced online, you can contact the NSPCC helpline for free support and advice or call them on 0808 800 5000
Many parents feel in the dark when it comes to their children’s internet safety and trust schools to help them get up to speed.
There are lots of easy ways that you can encourage parents to discover the information they need. We’ve provided some downloadable materials to help you. There are also resources available to help them find more engaging ways to get children talking about e-safety.