The Russell School

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E Safety for Parents

E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.

The teaching of E Safety is used to educate the children on the importance of keeping themselves safe when online whether that be on a computer, laptop, tablet, phone or games console.

As part of your child’s curriculum and the development of computer skills, we provide access to the internet only in teacher supervised lessons. We strongly believe that the use of the web and email is hugely worthwhile and an essential tool for children as they grow up in the modern world. But because there are always concerns about children having access to undesirable materials, we have taken positive steps to deal with this risk in school. Our school internet access provider operates a filtering system that restricts access to inappropriate materials. 

At the start of the school year, each class discusses how we can all stay safe online and the dangers we may face on the internet.  We then ask every child in KS2 to sign an Acceptable Use Agreement so that we know they have read and understood our school's rules on staying safe.  We also have an Acceptable Use Agreement for our younger children and you can download a copy here.

Please click here to access the presentation from the E Safety meeting for parents. 

At Home

As a parent you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves.  It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities.  But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as bullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of them seeing illegal or inappropriate content. 

You can download a simple checklist here that may help you start to protect your children online and decrease the risks they face.  Or you can engage with your children regarding their use of the internet while at home.  Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com

There is a great new online safety tool designed for parents launched by the Department for Education called Parent Info.  It's has advice on everything from keeping children safe from online trolls to WhatsApp - a guide for parents.

If you would like to know more information on how to keep your child safe when they are using a smartphone here is a very useful and informative link here.

Stay Safe!

  • Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  • Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  • Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  • Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online
  • Check out what child protection services your Internet Service Provider (ISP) offers.
  • Ensure children are using internet compatible devices in communal areas of the house.
  • Tell your children not to give out any personal details. If they want to subscribe to a service (after gaining your permission) make up a family name.
  • Make sure your children only use moderated chat rooms, and ask them to introduce you to their online friends.
  • Encourage your children to tell you if they feel upset or threatened by what they see online.
  • Write a family ‘acceptable use policy’ for working on the computer.

Parent Resources 

To try and help parents with the fast moving and changing world of internet and social media we've suggested a few internet sites below which are fantastic resources, They contain information on different types of social media and how to help keep children safe.

We have a new check list for parents to help their children stay safe which you can download here.

The links below contain useful information to promote online safety.

NSPCC Guidance

Hertfordshire guidance for parents

E safety factsheet 

Young people and social networking 

Supporting young children online