E-Safety for Parents

New technologies inspire children to be creative, communicate and learn. However, while the internet is a great resource, it is important that children and young people are protected from the risks they may encounter.

What is E-Safety?

E-Safety is often defined as the safe and responsible use of technology. This includes the use of the internet and also other means of communication using electronic media (eg text messages, gaming devices, email etc)

Pupils have ever increasing access to communication technology both in and out of school. As such we feel that it is important to teach the children to use technology safety and respectfully and guide them where to go for help and support if they are concerned about content or contact on the internet or other technologies.

The same approach needs to be applied with respect to e-safety as we would to road safety, we need to prepare children in advance of the potential problems. Teaching responsible use of technology is important, as is alerting pupils to the potential consequences of irresponsible use.

E-Safety at School

E-Safety is woven into our curriculum and we have an extra focus on E-Safety at the time of national E-Safety week in February.

When a child starts at Eliot School we ask the child to sign our EYFSKS1 or KS2 Rules for Responsible Use.

Whilst at school your child is protected in many ways:

  • Children are taught about appropriate content during ICT lessons
  • Internet filtering through the London Grid for Learning
  • Forensic software on our school network that captures inappropriate use
  • Virus Protection

We also ask that parents sign the Parents’ e-safety Home School Agreement for Parents / Carers, when a child starts at Eliot Bank School.

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An Internet Safety Workshop for Year 4
An Internet Safety Workshop for Year 4
E-Safety at Home

Eliot Bank works in partnership with parents to educate the children about e-safety and help keep them safe when using technology.

The internet is always changing, and being able to keep up to date with your children's use of technology can be a challenge, especially if you feel that your children may have better technical skills than you do. However, children and young people still need support and guidance when it comes to managing their lives online and using the internet positively and safely.

A simple and effective way to get involved with your children and their lives online is through discussion.  By maintaining an open dialogue with your child and encouraging them to talk to you about their internet use parents can help children access the amazing resources the internet has to offer whilst keeping them safe online.

One of the best ways to start a conversation about the information contained on the internet and alerting children to the potential consequences of irresponsible use is to discuss the  age appropriate Rules for ICT Use (EYFSKS1 or KS2).

We also publish different e-safety facts in the EB weekly which are good conversation starters, please find a selection opposite:

Further Information

For more information about how you can help keep you child safe online please look at the following;

Documents

Websites

Keeping Under Fives Safe Online

(a document from Childnet)

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Online Risk: Myths and Facts 

(a document from parentZONE)

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KidSMART

Childnet International

Your Child's Online World

(a document from O2 & the NSPCC)

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A Parents' Guide to Being Share Aware

(a document from O2 & the NSPCC)

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