E-safety – key information for parents/carers:
E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Mill Lane. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our E-Safety Policy (see Policies section of the web site). E-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
- Facebook uses “age targeted” advertising and therefore your child could be exposed to adverts of an inappropriate nature, depending on the age they stated they were when they registered.
- Children may accept friend requests from people they don’t know in real life, which could increase the risk of inappropriate or dangerous contact or behaviour
- Language, games, groups and content posted or shared on Social Media Sites are generally not moderated, and therefore can be offensive, or unsuitable for children. show your child how to report and block.
- Photographs shared by users are not moderated. Show your child how to report and block.
- Underage users might be less likely to keep their identities private and lying about their age can expose them to further risks regarding privacy settings and options
- Social Media Sites could be exploited by bullies and for other inappropriate contact.
- Social Media Sites generally cannot and does not verify their members; therefore it is important to remember that if your child can lie about their age and who they are online, so can anyone else. Have converstaions with your child about this.
- Checking their profile is set to private and that only friends can see information that is posted
- Safe and appropriate online behaviour such as not sharing personal information and not posting offensive messages or photos
- The E-safety rules that we have learnt about at school not to accept friends they don’t know in real life
- not posting anything – writing or images – which could reveal your private information
- Never agreeing to meet somebody they only know online without telling a trusted adult
- Always telling someone if they feel threatened or someone upsets them
School support and action
Computing is a vital skill and education around its safe use is essential.
For more information about keeping safe online, visit the following websites:
All children have home access to the following sites, provided by school:-
These sites all require a password which can reset by the class teacher if your child forgets their password.
It is possible that your child may come across inappropriate content during an online search, even if they are searching what appears to be a harmless key word or subject. No search engine is always safe, and monitoring should be in place at all times. When researching to support learning we recommend:-
Google offers a SafeSearch filtering which can be activated on a family’s computer. This feature can be accessed through the “settings” on the Google page.
Care needs to be taken when searching for images, and including them in work not only for content but also copyright issues. We suggest the use of the following sites: