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E-Safety

Today was our final ICT session for year one. It was a very informative session in that we discussed the issues regarding internet safety. The evolution of technology has made the internet part of our daily lives with accessibility at our fingertips. It has many advantages and can be used for social networking, entertainment, information resources etc. However there is a downside to internet usage with regards to e-safety issues. As a group we shared our good/bad experiences with each other, it was an quite an eye opener for some colleagues, as a mother I am aware of the potential issues with internet usage and safety. During the session we ‘Googled’ our names and I was quite shocked as to what details came up, my name and address was accessible from the click of a button! We all agreed that  both children and teachers need to be safe guarded as to dangers which they can be exposed to such as cyber bulling, talking to strangers, inappropriate websites, protection of  personal identity, this point is particularly important as it could affect a teachers’ career.

To safeguard children all schools have an ‘Acceptable Use Policy’ or AUP as they are known. I looked at my daughters AUP for her school, they outline the rules for using the internet and require both the child and parents/carers to read and sign the policy.  In the session we looked at internet safety sites such as ‘Think You Know’ ,‘Google Safe’ and ‘Yahoo Kids’ all of these  sites proved to be very informative. On the ‘Think You Know’ website you can use it to download resources on child internet safety for use by children, parents/carers and teachers/trainers.

Also on the ‘Think You Know’ website you can access ‘Hector’s World Safety Button’ this is a free download to help protect children when they are on the computer, there is a  dolphin  character which swims in the top right-hand corner of your computer screen. If the child or teacher see’s something that makes them feel uneasy or uncomfortable when they are using the computer, they can simply click on the icon and the screen will be covered, I would definitely use this safety button in my classroom.

Some facts about how children can stay safe online:

  • Don’t give out your personal information
  • Never meet up with an online friend
  • Don’t open junk mail
  • Beware: people might not be who they say they are
  • Always tell an adult if you feel uncomfortable or worried

The CBBC Stay Safe , Kent Internet Safety Site and Kent Trust Web (Local Authority site) are all informative websites which contain handy tips and information for children, parents/carers, teachers etc. addressing the issues of staying safe online. As a trainee teacher these sites contain valuable information on e-safety policy guidance, downloadable e-safety posters, advice on internet safety training, links to e-safety websites etc.

Below is a video made by CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre), it is an internet danger video about a young girl who is chatting online to a stranger, click on the link.