The internet is full of wonderful resources for children to research and learn about the things that interest them and is an essential tool for today’s children and adults. We very much encourage independence at Radipole Primary School; however, there are also potential risks involved in its use, so it is imperative that we teach our children how to behave safely and responsibly when online.
At Radipole Primary School, all of our children receive an E-safety education at an appropriate level in each year, teaching them how to use the internet safely and what to do if they are worried about something that has happened while they are using it. We keep E-safety in mind every time children are using the internet, and it is brought into particular focus in the Spring Term when each child participates in a variety of lessons about how to stay safe online.
E-Safety – What is taught in each year
Here is a brief summary of what each year group will look at.
Reception– introducing children to the concept of ‘personal’ details.
Year 1– building on the learning from Reception, children are now taught the potential risks of sharing their personal details online.
Year 2– raising awareness that not everyone online is who they say they are and the importance of understanding that a virtual friend might not be a ‘real’ friend.
Year 3– focusing on the importance of staying safe online and introducing the risks involved with meeting ‘virtual’ friends in real life.
Year 4– expanding on education from the previous year this session explores further the issue of trust and raises awareness amongst students that some people may not always be telling the truth. Encourages children to tell a trusted adult if anything they experience online makes them feel uncomfortable
Year 5– introducing social networking and ‘posting’ online. Highlights the need to ensure that all privacy settings are set to maximum. The children will explore what could potentially happen if people do not stay safe online.
Year 6– exploring social networking in more depth and its inherent risks. The children will explore what could potentially happen if young people do not stay safe online.
E-Safety – Helping your child stay safe
The best way to help your child to be a safe when using the internet and new technologies is to talk to them and make sure they understand these simple rules:
You should never give out personal details to online ‘friends’. Use a nickname when logging on and don’t share full name, email address, mobile number, school name and any photos, including photos of family or friends – any picture or video online can be changed or shared without permission.
Talk to your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to. Get them to show you how to use things you are not familiar with. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience, they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam) and their online ‘friends’ will see they are in a family room.
If your child receives a message that upsets them, remind them not to reply, they should save the message and show you or another trusted adult.
Spam and junk emails and texts are not true, don’t reply or send them to anyone else, just delete them.
Don’t open files sent from people you don’t know. They could contain a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.
An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life; no matter how long you have been friends with them.
Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that it’s better to keep online ‘mates’ online. They should never meet up with any online ’friends’ without an adult they trust.
Make sure they know how to block someone online and report them if they feel uncomfortable.
Make sure your child feels able to talk to you, let them know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Don’t blame your child, let then know you trust them.
Below are some links to websites which help to promote safe use of the internet in a fun and engaging way.