The internet has become a part of our everyday life, but for our Parents and carers this has opened up a whole new world of things to worry about. Therefore, understanding and implementing the safe use of the internet both at school and home is crucial. At Thornaby Church of England we take E-Safety very seriously and this page will provide you with tips and advice regarding E-Safety.
Help your children stay SMART online:
SAFE – this reminds children to keep all personal information safe when they are chatting or posting online. Personal information can include email address, phone number and password.
MEET – this reminds children never to meet up with someone they have been talking to online. They are reminded that online friends are still strangers even if they have been talking to them for a long time.
ACCEPTING– emails, messages, or opening files, images or texts from people children do not know or trust can lead to problems — they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
RELIABLE- someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true.
TELL – children are told to tell a parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone, or something, makes them feel uncomfortable or worried.
Top Tips to help monitor and keep your children safe online:
– Talk to your child about what they are up to online.
– Keep up to date with your child’s development online.
– Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world.
– Know what connects to the internet and how e.g. games consoles, mobile phones, music devices.
– Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space.
– Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as TVs and games consoles.
– Watch e-safety films and cartoons with your child and talk about the issues raised (see the links below).
– Check the minimum age for accessing sites/apps and playing on games before your children access them. Eg. Facebook and TikTok have a minimum age of 13, so our children should not be accessing these.
If you are concerned or unsure of how to ensure that your child is staying safe online then please contact the school and we will do all we can to help.
Click here to view a leaflet on parenting in a digital world. This page will provide you with tips and advice regarding E-Safety.
Click on the link below for information by Cleveland Police about staying safe online.
For further E-safety information, click the links below:
National Online Safety has teamed up with MusicAlternative to launch a Fortnite online safety song to share with our whole school community!
The song encourages parents and carers to “stay switched on” to online dangers when their children are playing Fortnite.
Fortnite song for parents & carers here: https://twitter.com/natonlinesafety/status/1052469311388958720
Safer Internet Day 2020 – Tuesday 11th February 2020
This year’s theme was ‘Together for a Better Internet’. This was a great opportunity for our children to learn and have a discussion about the safe and responsible use of technology. They learnt about the positive uses of technology as well as how to stay SMART online.
The next Safer Internet Day will be on Tuesday 9th February 2021.