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E-safety in the primary school

Filed under: E-Safety — Nicola-Kate at 5:06 pm on Tuesday, October 9, 2012  Tagged , , , ,

As I was absent from the first lesson due to a PE specialism trip, I decided to look up internet safety and the issues surrounding it. There are so many issues surrounding using the internet! From copyright issues, inappropriate websites and  to using social networking websites. Social networking sites have become increasingly popular over the last few years with many more children signing up to use them. Why is this a problem? Well, many people who use social networking sites lie about their personal details and are not always who they seem to be! However, a major issue that occurs in primary school aged children is cyber bullying. From since when I was in primary school (I left in 2001) cyber bullying has happened, and there is not really a procedure to ensure it does not happen. Cyber bullying can happen through a variety of ways: text messaging, emailing, instant messaging, chat rooms and mainly social networking websites. As a teacher, it is our responsibility to ensure that cyber bullying does not happen, or if it does the children feel comfortable about telling us, or another adult. This is often a daunting experience for children, and it happened during a placement I was teaching on. To help overcome this issue, as the child was too scared to approach an adult, (the teachers’ knew about the cyber bullying) I used circle time to discuss cyber bullying and why it is not acceptable behaviour. This helped the child feel comfortable about talking to an adult about it and the issue was resolved quickly. It most probably helped other children in the class to be aware of how cyber bullying can hurt other people’s feelings.

Therefore, as a teacher ensuring internet safety is imperative. It is vital that children are aware of how to access the Internet safely. Principles should be embedded into the school curriculum to ensure Internet safety is taught and used within the school. Principals such as; keeping personal details confidential, avoiding posting inappropriate messages or pictures on any website and reading website terms of conditions of use- especially those with age restrictions.  In Key Stage 2 children will learn how to share and explore information using email; where they will take into account the principals of Internet safety.

Many schools facilitate for Internet safety by using a filtering system to remove unsuitable websites and advertising for search results and most web browsers allow the schools to customise their settings for security and privacy purposes. On a recent school placement in a year 5/6 class the children were very aware of Internet safety. They used Hector’s World Safety button, if they thought they were on a website that displayed anything inappropriate or made them feel uncomfortable they would click on the dolphin on the right hand side to cover the screen and ask for a teacher to come and have a look. They were very mature about using the Hector’s World Safety button and clicked on it immediately. However, depending on the class you teach this could be an issue if they are not instructed how to use it properly and are informed of the importance of using it.

Having filtered websites in schools and discussing e-safety is imperative for the children, therefore continuing to promote e-safety at home is a must. Some parents may not have filtered computers or laptops to promote e-safety for their children; however, there are many help websites for parents regarding e-safety. Parents should be aware of any websites that their children are visiting, protect any passwords on computers, websites or emails and prevent viruses. Even more so, parents should make their children aware of the dangers of social networking websites, especially as some people who they speak to may not be whom they think they are.

There are many websites available to help promote Internet Safety in and out of school. A website that I was recommended to introduce to the children was http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk. The website is aimed at 5-10 year olds and is a very good website to be used in school to teach children about e-safety but also a good website for parents to use at home with their children to make them understand and be aware of the dangers of using the Internet and how to stay safe when using the Internet.

Useful websites:

Kidsmart offers lots of advice about various aspects of using the internet such as; social networking sites, safe searching, net nasties, being smart rules, chat and many more.

Think you know – aimed at 5-10 year olds and offers advice on how to be careful when using the internet, how to use Hectors world and knowing who to talk to.







October 14, 2012 @ 3:24 pm   Reply

Some good links and resources here Nicola. I also like the safety button on Hector’s world. Glad to hear you have already developed some confidence in handling these difficult issues in the classroom.



November 6, 2012 @ 11:47 am   Reply

The Hectors’ world button was good to use in the school and the children were very mature with it.

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