At Newsham we take all aspects of safety very seriously, and one of the particular area that we focus a great deal on is e-safety. It is an area that parents and carers can find difficult because often children know more about computers and electronic devices than they do. Furthermore, children have a range of ways of communicating with the outside world that are different from adults, even if adults use Smart technology.
The best way to deal with this issue is like we do at school;
· Have regular discussions with children to raise their awareness
· Build protection into the devices they use
· Limit the technology they use until they are ready for it
· Keep up to date with developments.
The school website has a huge amount of information to support parents, carers and pupils. This can be found in the ’about’ section under ‘support and safety’. It provides advice on how to have discussions with children about the issues, how to reduce the chances of communications from people you do not want your children to communicate with and much more. If you have questions or concerns there is also the whisper button on the school website which allows you to communicate with school about e-safety issues.
In addition to this, there are many other websites that may help. Some of these are listed below.
The NSPCC has produced some excellent advice for parents on their ‘Share Aware’ website:
In addition, the ‘Net Aware’ site has specific advice on the 50+ most popular sites, games and apps used by young people.
‘ooVoo’ in particular has raised significant safety concerns and additional advice on this site can be found on the parentINFO / CEOP site: