We take e-safety very seriously at Wood Lane and ensure it plays an important role in our PSHE studies and through our Computing curriculum.
As a school we do everything we can to teach the children how to avoid the dangers of the internet and we have a secure filtering system in place.
Suggestions for E-Safety @ home
The first steps to ensuring your child is safe whilst using the internet at home is to set some simple rules for keeping them safe.
To keep your child safe they should:
- ask permission before using the Internet
- only use websites you have chosen together or a child friendly search engine
- only email people they know, (why not consider setting up an address book?)
- ask permission before opening an email sent by someone they don’t know
- not use Internet chat rooms or social networking sites
- not use their real name when accessing any games or other sites, (create a nick name)
- never give out a home address, phone or mobile, date of birth
- never arrange to meet someone they have ‘met’ on the Internet
- only use a webcam with people they know
- tell you immediately if they see anything they are unhappy with.
For these rules to work your child needs to understand their importance.
Secondly, it is a wise choice to locate the computer in a family area, not a bedroom, where you can easily supervise your child whilst they use the internet. Even though, many Internet Service Providers offer filtering systems to help you safeguard your child at home, it remains surprisingly easy for children to access inappropriate material this can include unsuitable texts, pictures, music videos and movies. With this in mind, parents are advised to set the security levels appropriately.
However, nobody wants to deny your child the experience or opportunity to learn from the vast amount of knowledge and games available to them on the Internet.
If you are concerned with any aspects of e-safety you may wish to look at the following: