These are the eSafety posters we have up around the school, the first poster is in every classroom in Key Stage 2 and the second is in every classroom in Key Stage 1:

 

We take e-Safety very seriously.  You must make sure you are using it in a responsible way:

  • Only talk to people you know
  • Communicate in the same way you would in person
  • Remember to follow guidelines given to you by adults
  • Check the recommended age of any sites you are using

 

The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. They are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in activity which makes you uncomfortable with anyone online, or in the real world. They also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit their Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button. 

 

A quick warning from Virtual College Safeguarding News:

Internet users are targeting the children’s animation Peppa Pig by twisting the storylines and producing unsafe content for the age group by hiding them under the guise of official episodes. Creators have designed the episodes to closely resemble the art of the TV show, with some legitimate clips of the show placed in between the harmful clips, so that it is difficult for parents or children to distinguish between episodes that are fake.

Some of the videos show Peppa Pig involved in knife attacks and abductions where the characters are taken by ‘gangster’ pigs, by being captured in a net and dragged into a forest while the characters are distressed. There are also other videos showing extremist behaviour and explicit images. Please be vigilent in monitoring what your children are doing and watching online.

 

Help & Advice for Parents/Carers

Internet Matters have a free tablet based app to help parents have conversations with their children about staying safe while online. The App is an interactive game, where parents and children work together to answer multiple choice questions on a number of topics, e.g. cyberbullying, privacy & identity, inappropriate content. The app has been developed to target parents with children aged 8-11. Each answers a number of questions in order to earn points towards a ‘tilting’ game which can be played together.  Download the tablet-only app for free from Appstore or Googleplay

 

 

The NSPCC have recently contacted school to promote there new website which provides parents, teachers and other adults with information about websites, apps or games to see if it is suitable for your child to be using. All you have to do is go to https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ by clicking on the link, then enter the name of the website, app or game into the search engine at the top. You will be provided with a wealth of information from recent research and surveys. This ensures you are able to make informed decisions on whether your child should be using the website, app or game.

 

The UK Safer Internet Centre has produced a very informative leaflet to support parents and carers with Online Gaming. The leaflet covers how and where to play, the risks associated with Online Gaming, some Top Tips, the SMART rules we recommend the children follow, FAQs and places to look for Support and Further Guidance: Online gaming an introduction for parents and carers 2017

 

If you are a parent wanting some more advice on up-to-date eSafety news and information please take a look at the widget to the right hand side. This will be updated regularly by E-safety Support with articles from the news, tips for parents and statistics on children using technology.

Click on this link to find out more about the risks and dangers of being online and top tips to help keep children safe on the Internet and social networks courtesy of the NSPCC.

A good website to regularly view is Connect Safely which  provides an up to date forum of the safety implications associated with new technology. If you can keep up to speed on eSafety and technology then there is more chance your child will be following good practice.

Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on:
Facebook settings,
XBox360 settings,
Blackberry controls,
Jargon busting

and many more ‘How to Guides’. Well worth a read!

 

We regularly complete work on eSafety and Cyberbullying in school. By clicking on the link below you can see the whole of the eSafety and Cyberbullying curriculum that we teach here at Mersey Park:

MPPS eSafety & Cyberbullying overview

If you would like more information or advice on Cyberbullying please look at our Cyberbullying Advice page by clicking here.

 

In February 2017 we celebrated ‘Safer Internet Day’, we invited ‘One Day Creative’ into school to carry out a performance called ‘Level Up’ for both KS1 and KS2. The performance educated the children about the dangers of online gaming and how these dangers can be avoided. It also taught the children what they can do if they encounter any of the issues discussed and who they can go to for help. Please click on the link below to find out more information about the performance:

http://onedaycreative.com/workshops/level-online-gaming-e-safety-performance/

The children had both a fun and informative morning. Take a look at the pictures of the performance below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During our eSafety week in November we ran a parents information session ‘Keeping Up With the Kids’. If you were unable to attend the meeting a copy of the slide show is available here: Keeping up with the Kids.

Here is a great resource with lots of guidance on privacy settings and advice on apps your children might be using:

How to Protect your Children on Their Smartphone

 

We follow the SMART rules for using the Internet. Recently every child completed a ‘Support Web’ identifying who the children could turn to if they get an ‘uh-oh’ feeling in their tummy. They also enjoyed acting out scenarios of what can happen on the Internet and how to deal with this.

 

Altru Creative Education came to visit Mersey Park. The company performed an E-safety play for Key Stage 2. It was an extremely informative play which taught us all about the risks of using the Internet and the dangers of online use. The play helped us to consider ways that we can make our own Internet use safer.

Here are some useful videos for your children to watch at home:

These videos will help children understand the importance of not sharing personal information/pictures online:

 

For all our pupil these videos might give some helpful advice:

 

 

 

For our older children these videos might give some helpful advice:

 

 

Children, here are some recommended websites to look at to remind you about staying safe on the web.  Please choose a page for your age group:

Think u Know Age 5 – 7
Think u Know Age 8 – 11
Think u Know Parents/Carers
Internet Safety for Parents
Kid Smart Age 9 – 11
Elmer Age 5 – 11
CBBC Stay Safe Age 8 – 11
Miss Dorothy Age 5 – 11
Webwise