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 E-Safety Support:
The “game”, although it feels completely wrong to call it that, which seems to be happening exclusively on Snapchat, is started by sending the letter X in a message. They’re all then forced to come up with as many horrible and malicious comments about that person’s weight, appearance or personality.
It’s then posted anonymously for all the world to see on a Snapchat Story – including the victim.
We know many of the pupils use Snapchat to communicate with their friends – please be vigilent and ensure that your children is not at risk of becoming a victim or involved in this “game”. Thank you.
Internet Matters App
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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 on Friday 27th May 2016. 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:
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: