E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at The Hayes. 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.
The best way to help your child to be safe when using the internet is to talk to them and make sure they understand a few simple rules which can be found in our E-Safety Policy (please see below). Here, you can
read about our school rules for responsible ICT use and other ideas about how to keep your child safe when using the Internet.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. It’s essential to be realistic- banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is therefore essential. Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:
Google offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet:
Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online: please click here to access the Parent and Carers Safer Internet Centre
When children are accessing games via Xbox LIVE, privacy settings can be set up. To read more, click here.
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on this link, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
Click on the below link to access information about Cyber Bullying and to pick up tips to keep safe online.
You may find these websites useful if you wish find out more about internet safety:
www.thinkuknow.co.uk - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has set up its own educational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
www.kidsmart.org.uk- Kidsmart is an award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. It has been developed by the children's internet charity Childnet International and has excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.
http://parents.vodafone.com/ - Vodafone have developed this website in conjunction with mumsnet. It is very accessible and provides information and guidance to parents about understanding their child’s digital world and about getting more involved. There is even an on-line test to see how much you know!
Key Stage 1
If you are 5, 6 or 7, I bet you probably like to use the computer for fun. It is important that you are safe whilst you are on the computer. It is important that you make sure you are safe when using your computer.
You can find more information at http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/
How can I stay safe on the computer?
There are lots of ways you can be careful when you talk to people on the internet. Here are some of the things you should do:
- Always ask your mum, dad or whoever is looking after you if you can talk to people on the internet. They can help you do it safely.
- When you use chat rooms or instant messengers you should use a nickname instead of your real name.
- Never tell anyone who you don’t know in the real world your address, your name or which school you go to.
- Ask your mum, dad or teacher to help you if you are just starting to chat to new people on the computer. They can make sure you fill out any forms properly and safely.
- Some people on the internet may not be who they say they are. It’s not a good idea to meet anyone that you only know from talking to on the computer.
- Always ask your mum or dad before you play games on the internet. They can help you choose the best games and you can help them learn to play them!
- It’s always best to use a nick name when you play games on the computer.
- Some people who you talk to when you play games could be lying, so don’t tell anyone where you live or which school you go to.
If you have email you need to be careful when using it, because sometimes you can get mail from people you don’t know.
- Always ask your mum, dad or whoever looks after you before you open any emails.
- Always delete emails from people you don’t know. They might be nasty or have a virus which can stop your computer working.
- Don’t send any pictures to strangers. They may not be who they say they are, and you don’t want a stranger to have a picture of you or your family and friends.
- Never tell anyone who you don’t know in the real world your address, your phone number or which school you go to.
- One of the most important things to remember is to treat people how you would like to be treated. Be kind and nice when you write anything on the computer so you don’t upset anyone.
- The internet is just like the real world – kind people use the internet, but some nasty people do too.
- It’s important that you are nice and kind when you use the computer to talk to people. Even if you can’t see someone, things you write might still upset them.
- If anyone is nasty to you or makes you unhappy – you must tell a grown up so that they can help you and make the person stop.
Key Stage 2
If you’re between 8 and 11, you probably know a lot about using the internet. Even though you've been using the internet for a while you still make sure you keep yourself safe. You can find more information at http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/
Safety Tips For KS2
Do you think you know how you can stay safe when you are using the internet? Staying in control is about knowing that some people use the internet to be nasty to others.In this section, we have lots of information for you about the internet and mobile phones, so you can make the right choices and be safe.
- When you’re chatting to people online, DO NOT TO GIVE OUT ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION about yourself. This includes your full name, address or school. It’s ok to tell someone what city you live in though as long as you don’t include anything else. Even giving a street name can be enough to allow someone to find you. If anyone ever asks you for this information, tell a trusted adult straight away.
- Some people who you meet online may not be who they say they are. It’s easy for people to lie when they’re chatting over the internet, so DON’T ARRANGE TO MEET UP WITH SOMEONE who you have met online. If anyone asks to meet up with you, tell a trusted adult. It is not a good idea, but if you do decide to meet up then make sure you take a trusted adult with you and meet in a public place.
- Some people you meet online may not be who they say they are, so it’s a good idea to make sure the people on your contact list are people you really know in the real world.
- If someone adds you to their contact list and you don’t know them, make sure you BLOCK THEM. This will stop them from seeing when you are logged on, and they won’t be able to contact you. If you add someone and decide afterwards you don’t want them on your list you can delete them too.
- If you have your own profile on IM, IT’S NOT A GOOD IDEA TO INCLUDE LOTS OF INFORMATION ABOUT YOURSELF, like your hobbies, favourite band, your address and school.
- It’s also NOT A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE A PICTURE OF YOURSELF on your profile - you can use one of the pictures that are on IM already, or a picture of a pet or your favourite pop group. This is because if you have someone on your contact list who you don’t know in the real world, they will be able to have access to your profile and see what you look like.
Sometimes you get emails from people you don’t know.
- It’s important to remember that if you receive an email from someone you don’t know, NEVER OPEN IT. Tell an adult you trust if you’re not sure what to do.
- Some people also send fake emails to trick you into replying. They get email addresses by using special software or from other websites on the internet. If you reply to one of these emails, the people sending them will know that your email address is real, and they could start sending you junk or nasty emails.
- Make sure you ALWAYS DELETE EMAILS FROM PEOPLE YOU DON’T KNOW.
- NEVER GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION, like your full name, address or school to people you talk to using email, if you don’t know them in the real world. If anyone you talk to online asks for this information, tell a trusted adult.
- Some people use emails to send pictures of themselves to friends and family, but IT’S NOT A GOOD IDEA TO SEND A PICTURE TO SOMEONE YOU HAVE MET ONLINE who you don’t know in the real world. They may not be who they say they are, and you don’t want a stranger to have a picture of you or your friends/ family.
Social networking sites are all online, so any information you add about yourself can potentially be seen by anyone in the world. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat do have minimum ages to be able to sign up (13 years of age). Children between 13 years and 18 years of age need parental permission to sign up.
- NEVER PUT YOUR FULL ADDRESS ON YOUR SITE. It’s best to leave the space blank, or if you do want to add some information, make sure that you make your profile private so only your friends can see it.
- It’s a good idea to USE A NICKNAME rather than your real name - your friends will know your nickname so will know it’s you!
- It’s also NOT A GOOD IDEA TO PUT YOUR MOBILE NUMBER on your site - your real friends will already have it!
- USE YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS! Adjust your account settings (sometimes called “Privacy Settings”) so only approved friends can instant message you. This won’t ruin your social life – new people can still send you friend requests and message you, they just won’t be able to pester you via IM. This means that people you don’t want to see your profile can’t!
E-Safety Sites for Parents
Anti-bullying top tips:
Breck Foundation: http://www.breckfoundation.org/childrens-area.html