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E-Safety

Online safety skills, are skills for life

Please click here to view the E-Safety Policy for Holy Cross CE Primary School.

The internet has become an integral part of our children's lives, providing a multitude of educational and social opportunities and the ability to access a whole world of new experiences and information.

Nowadays, the internet is used everywhere, far beyond the confines of the school and home environment.  It is accessed by young people using a wide variety of devices, from mobile phones, laptops and tablets to games consoles.  

As parents and carers, we want to ensure our children's safety in the real world; similarly, we must proactively protect them, from the many risks posed online.

Children are more able to make sensible and informed choices online, if they have an appreciation and understanding of the risks.  This knowledge will enable them to use the internet to its potential, whilst still remaining safe and protected - in particular, from those who might seek to harm them.

How can I protect my child online?

If you, as a parent or carer, are able to understand the internet and its risks, there are a number of actions that will help to improve your child's safety online.

What are the main dangers associated with children's use of the internet?

PRIVACY
Around 25% of 8 to 15 year olds with a social networking profile have it set to 'OPEN' - either to anyone, or to their friends.   (Source - Ofcom Media Literacy Study 2011)
 
GROOMING
29% of children in the UK have had online contact with people they had not met before.   (Source - EU Kids Online II)
 
SEXUAL IMAGES
11% of children in the UK have encountered sexual images online and 12% of 11 to 16 year olds have received them.   (Source - EU Kids Online II)
 
CYBERBULLYING
21% of UK children say they have been bullied and 8% say this occurred on the interent.  (Source - EU Kids Online II)
 
HARMFUL CONTENT
19% of UK 11 to 16 year old internet users, have seen one or more type of potentially harmful user-generated content. (Source - EU Kids Online II)
 
FRAUD
45% of 12 to 15 year olds claim to understand how serach engines operate - but one third say they think all search engine information is truthful. (Source - Ofcom)
 

How can parents and carers take action to reduce these risks?

> Follow the SMART rules at http://www.childnet.com/young-people/primary
> View and download useful information provided via the links listed below. You will find good advice and support, plus games for children to play, through which they learn about the importance of E-Safety.
Follow the App Guide for successful app safety for tweens and teens App Guide

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Useful Links

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/
http://www.childnet.com/young-people/primary
http://www.childnet.com/resources/kia
http://www.connectsafely.org/guides-2/
http://www.childline.org.uk/explore/onlinesafety/pages/onlinesafety.aspx
https://www.saferinternetday.org/

If you require any further help or advice, please contact the School Office team.

 

Thank you for supporting the effort

to protect all our children online.