‘The development and use of digital technology has grown quickly, and advancements in social networking sites, web-cams, portable media devices, and online gaming have been particularly appealing to children and young people. Whilst these technological developments bring benefits and opportunities to children and young people in terms of their learning and development, they also bring about safeguarding implications. E-safety risks to children have arisen in relation to cyber-bullying, the invasion of privacy, accessing inappropriate materials and communicating with strangers. A survey on young people’s internet safety by YoungPoll (Childalert, 2011) found that the average 6-14 year old communicates with more than 1,100 people online in a year, that over a quarter never spoken to their parents about how they spend their time online, of those who had, less than half had discussed e-safety, and that only 34% had met in real life all the people they communicated with on the internet.’ ( Lucy Shipton, 2011)
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 whole school audit by an external professional
- Celebrate ‘Safer Internet Day’
- Keep parents informed about ESafety through school website, school newletters and emails.
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. Please visit PCLS Training where you can find more detailed advice and help