What is E-Safety?
The Internet has become part of our everyday lives. This page is designed to inform pupils and parents/carers of the risks children can face when they are online.
“Children and young people need to be empowered to keep them-selves safe. Children will be children – pushing boundaries and taking risks. At a public swimming pool we have gates, put up signs, have lifeguards and shallow ends, but we also teach children how to swim.”
Dr Tanya Byron ‘Safer children in a digital world: The report of the Byron Review’
Risks when using the Internet
- viewing unsuitable content e.g. hate material, adult content, sites that endorse unhealthy behaviour.
- giving out personal information
- arranging to meet an online ‘friend’
- becoming involved in, or the victim of, bullying, identity theft, or making and sending indecent or illegal images
- spending too much time online (internet addiction), which can effect concentration, sleep and health
- copying information from the Internet or buying work from other people to use as their own
Protect yourself online
Childnet’s SMART gives five important messages about what children should keep in mind when they are online. Click on the image for further advice. Below is the link to the Childnet International website which is a non-profit organisation that works with others to make the Internet a safer place for children.