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E-Safety

Today in our society, e-safety is a crucial part of children’s education. Although the digital world supports your child’s learning, we would like you, as parents, to support your child with the issues faced in the online world and how to protect themselves in the digital world.

 

Below are some tips on how you could help support your child:

 

  • Do not encourage your child to keep computers in their bedroom as it is difficult to see what their computer is being used for. An ideal place would be in a family room, so you, the parent, is able to keep track of what your child is doing on the internet.
  • Turn on the ‘safe search’ on some search engines- such as Google. This would avoid your child accessing unsuitable information
  • Avoid viruses by installing an up to date virus checker to detect viruses.
  • Prevent your child from downloading software from unreliable sites as these often contain viruses
  • Teach your child why you shouldn’t put out any private information on the internet. This is a key point as it may be available to people online that you don’t know, consequently, this could put your child at risk
  • There are many devices that can be used to reach the internet. Some of these devices are mobile phones, game consoles, eBook readers and Mp3 players.

 

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is as offensive as being bullied physically, but the difference is that it’s being done through digital devices. Examples include bullying taking place over social media sites and text messages using mobile phones. A recent nationwide survey revealed that 55% of children have received hurtful comments online with 18% experiencing cyberbullying and the problem is growing.

 

• If your child is ever being cyberbullied or even physically bullied, don’t be afraid to contact a member of staff for their support.

• Save clear evidence. To get the evidence you’ll need to save, store and print the evidence of the bullying.

• Report bullying using the ‘Report Bullying’ button on social media websites.

• Teach your child why bullying is very hurtful and the issues that may occur if they are the bully themselves.

• In serious cases, you’ll be able to contact the Police force and they will prosecute under the Harassment Act 1997.

 

Social Networking

For the past few years, there has been many episodes, which occur on social networking sites, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Although it’s a great way to keep in touch with your family and friends, there are also a number of issues that may occur from social network sites. An example of this is unkind comments. Unkind comments can be from anyone that you have on your friends list. Mostly, these cruel comments can be from the school friends that people are in touch with. However, these comments can be seen by family and friends.

 

Other issues which occur from social networking sites are how many ‘friends’ you’ll have on these sites. For the past few years, there has been a population rage by children about how many ‘friends’ you have on a social media site. This is an issue as you may be friends with virtual strangers. This could expose them to exploitation.

 

Social media sites let you record personal information about yourself, and can include your telephone number, home address and age. If the correct privacy settings have not been used, your private information may be seen by anyone, even people you do not know will be able to see.

 

However, if you follow these tips, it will help you and your child know how to stay safe on social networking sites.

  • Teach your child the importance of personal information and why you should not friend people you don’t know.
  • Encourage your child to check their privacy settings regularly. Having your own account of these sites and ‘friend’ your child to watch what they are doing in the social world could help to check that they are safe.
  • You should always check that your child isn’t under age for the site that they use as some have age restrictions. An example of this is Facebook, Facebook has the age restriction of people over the age of 13.

 

Child Exploitation

The online world poses many dangerous risks for children, this is done through exploitation.  The police have set up an organisation, which is named, Child Exploitation Online Protection- this is also known as CEOP. This organisation will help children and their parents, to learn the different dangers on the internet.

 

Further information:

(A) Lower Site

Green Lane Lower Site

Dagenham

Essex

RM8 1AL

Tel: 020 8270 4222

 

office@robertclack.co.uk

(B) Upper Site

Gosfield Road Upper Site

Dagenham

Essex

RM8 1JU

Tel: 020 8270 4200