It is never too early to teach children about e-Safety. We teach them to cross the road safely, to be safe in the sun, and not to talk to strangers. We should ensure we teach them how to stay safe online.
e-Safety is about teaching children how to use the Internet safely, not about restricting their use. A program of study is followed throughout the year which includes resources from the Think U Know website. This is supported by Hector the friendly dolphin who has been installed on each of the computer.
Please take time to look at these resources and discuss them with your child.
Our children are privileged to have access to the technology which enables them to learn and to communicate with others around the world. They need to learn the skills of keeping their personal information safe, and strategies to cope when images or information which worries them, or is inappropriate, appears.
In school we have an effective firewall and strict security measures. Using the Internet to learn and to research is part of the opportunities we offer to all children. On all PCs we have ‘Hector the Friendly Dolphin’ which children are introduced to from Reception and are aware that the dolphin is there to keep us safe when using the computers in school.
For our e-Safety day, we have focus on staying safe when using the computer and going on the internet. The children participate in various activities, including making posters in order to stay safe and writing rules for using the internet and not giving out personal information about themselves or their family members. They were asked to consider things which are precious and need to be kept safe. After some discussion, they decided the three things about themselves they wouldn't share on the internet would be their name, address and password.
If you would like more information on staying safe on the internet please visit this site www.saferinternetday.org.uk where you can find lots of information on supporting children to stay safe.