At Middle Barton, we take online safety seriously. We teach children how to keep themselves safe online, how to recognise what may be a situation that puts them at risk and how to avoid causing harm to others.
What is E-Safety?
E-Safety is an umbrella name for many different and diverse specialised topic areas, but for schools it’s predominantly about safeguarding, specifically in regards to the use of technology, and the behaviours when using that technology. It isn’t about scaremongering; it’s about educating and empowering all users to enjoy the wonders that the internet and technology has to offer – safely!
Over the last decade, there has been a rapid increase in the use of new technologies, notably the internet, tablets and mobile phones. This is a very exciting time to learn but we must also be aware that there are increasing risks to safety and ensuring we understand what we need to do in order to minimise these risks and keep our children protected.
There is always a risk with most activities including use of technology. While we can reduce these risks, the most important action we can take is to talk to young people about the issues involved. If children have the skills and understand the issues they are more capable of reacting appropriately in a new situation.
Our Computing Curriculum
E-Safety is part of our Computing curriculum in every year group: we cover elements such as how to protect ourselves from viruses; the rules and precautions when communicating with others; and what to do when there is an issue. However, an important part of online safety is Parents’ awareness; without this it may be hard to help your children and ensure that the environment at home is risk free.
Below are some links to useful websites and video clips which offer more information and guidance on E-Safety.
Jigsaw (a short film a short film from CEOP that enables children to understand that they need to be just as protective of their personal information online, as they are in the real world. Aimed at children aged 8-10 years old).
Lee and Kim (a short film from CEOP aimed at children aged 5-7 years old designed to keep them safe whilst online).