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.
– 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 leaflet will provide you with tips and advice regarding E-Safety.
Click on the picture below for information by Cleveland Police about staying safe online.
For further E-safety information, click the links below:
Safer Internet Day 2021 – Tuesday 9th February
Safer Internet Day this year is all about ‘An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world’.
The internet can be a fantastic source of information to help children and young people to learn, play and talk to their friends, but it can also be full of unreliable sources. During this day and throughout the week, children will need to think about what is reliable online, separating the facts from the fiction. They will be accessing different resources which will encourage them to think about these different problems which could arise while on the internet:
– The reliability of fake news.
– What do to if someone asks for your personal information.
– What to do if a message from a stranger pops up, or they ask to meet in real life.
– Chain messages
Please click the link below for further information about exploring the internet and tips for parents/carers.