The internet is a wonderful place than enables young people to learn and explore the world around them.
At North Herts Education Support Centre we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on eSafety Issues. We teach them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies. How we achieve this, both in and beyond the context of the classroom, is outlined in our eSafety policy.
As a school, teaching eSafety is embedded across the curriculum and we are always looking for opportunities to reinforce this.
In a mobile age, however, children can’t be completely protected, even by the best privacy controls, but you can help them to think about how they behave online. The NSPCC have some tips for parents looking to safeguard their children:
* Explore the online world together and talk about which sites are appropriate and which are not. Involve them in the conversation and be prepared to discuss reasons for your decisions.
* Ask about things they might see online which make them feel uncomfortable. Reassure your child that they can always talk to you about anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. * Show them how to report or block the sites and apps they use. Use Net Aware to find out how.
* Tell them you'll help them to report anything upsetting they've seen, or that you will help them to deal with online bullying.
Report a concern
If you are concerned that your child is in immediate danger, call 999 and report it to the Police.
If you have any eSafety concerns with regard to education please contact Ian Gamble at North Herts Education Support Centre.
If you have been a victim of online abuse or you're worried about somebody else, you can make a report to CEOP, the Centre for Child Exploitation and Online Protection here.
Useful websites for parents
You can find out more about how children use social media, the apps they use, the risks they face, how to use privacy settings, and advice and tips about how to talk to your children at: * www.internetmatters.org * www.nspcc.org.uk/onlinesafety * www.thinkyouknow.co.uk/parents *