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.
Safer Internet Day 2022 – Tuesday 8th February
Safer Internet Day 2022 will be celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.
From gaming and chat, to streaming and video, young people are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. Safer Internet Day 2022 celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet, whether that is whilst gaming and creating content, or interacting with their friends and peers.