Our children love to use the internet specially to play games and to communicate with their friends. The way they start using computers and the guidance they are given at this young age can set them on the right path to being safer in later life. St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School empowers our pupils to manage the risks. This is done through:
- Termly whole school assemblies: We encourage the children to remember the three school rules Zip it, Flag it and Block it!
- Installed Hector the ESafety dolphin on all school computers
- Half termly class ESafety Lesson
- Biannual Internet Safety Day by Paul Hay, an external professional
- Celebrate ‘Safer Internet Day’
- Keep parents informed about ESafety through school website, school newletters and emails.
For the younger years, we use a cartoon which was created by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency (CEOPs). You can see the cartoon on YouTube by clicking here. It tells the children the 4 Top Tips they need to remember.
- Top Tip 1 : People you don’t know are strangers. They’re not always who they say they are.
- Top Tip 2 : Be nice to people on the computer like you would in the playground.
- Top Tip 3 : Keep your personal information private.
- Top Tip 4 : If you ever get that ‘uh oh’ feeling, you should tell a grown-up you trust.
For the older year groups, we had a special lesson to help them understand social media and how to be careful using it. They were shown a video to help understand. You can see that video on YouTube by clicking here
Parental Responsibility for ESafety
One of the Key barriers to parents keeping children safe on line is not knowing how! There is a wealth of information available to parents, teachers and young people to help keep themselves safe on-line. It is important for all parents to learn about how children use the internet so they can carry on the discussion with their own children at home. Please visit PCLS Training where you can find more detailed advice and help.
Please click here to find out how to respond to a viral scare online