Richard Hill E-Safety Information
Richard Hill E-Safety Information
This page will include information to support children in learning about e-safety as well as support parents with information and links to learn more about e-safety and current recommendations on keeping children safe online.
With the recent need for home learning many children and families will find themselves spending more time online in a variety of ways. There are a number of resources throughout this page that would help with education around time online however here are a few links to recently released information with a relevant focus to the home learning situation. Parents should inform and direct this learning and in an ideal world parents should work through and check the content themselves first to ensure that they are happy for their child to access the information but also to support and encourage discussion around any specific topics.
- The Cybersmile foundation are offering free digital education resources and support. Find out more here or go straight to the Cybersmiles education programme here.
- At a time when trustworthy news and credible journalism is key to understanding the world the BBC have released a short piece about 'Fake News'
We will continue to update this as more resources and information become available. Also see our 'Home Learning Hub' page for more relevant information.
At Richard Hill as part of both our computing and P.S.H.E. curriculums we teach the children about staying safe online. We also teach about cyber bulling as part of wider learning around bullying and P.S.H.E. issues.
The internet is an amazing thing. It is a fantastic tool that many of us use in our everyday life and in all likelihood use of the internet is only going to increase for future generations. Therefore it is important to support children to be confident online, help them identify and recognise potentially dangerous sites or behaviours and to know how to respond to this appropriately. Providing children with ownership and confidence of how to react appropriately online to a number of situations will support them to use it safely now and as they grow.
We teach e-safety issues as relevant and appropriate to each year group. However to support parents with managing internet safety at home some headline information that we reiterate to children throughout their e-safety learning is:
- Do not give out any personal information online (personal information my include but is not exclusive to; phone number, house address, full name, name of school, specific information regarding extracurricular activities (e.g. name and location of scout group) and email address)
- Do not arrange to meet people in real life who you have met and only know online.
- Do not click on links or websites which you do not trust.
- If you see/hear/find something that you are unsure about online tell an adult or ask an adult for advice.
- If you are online (whether on social media, in a game or on a chat forum) if someone begins to interact with you inappropriately report them and block them.
- If something pops up online or a webpage opens or you accidentally click on a link you think is unsafe or unsuitable close it immediately or tell and adult immediately.
- If you feel concerned, worried or scared about anything online speak to a trusted adult about it.
The approach to e-safety and online safety teaching is to empower children by giving them information and knowledge about how to approach different situations online therefore supporting them to make good decisions about their use of and approach to the internet. The underpinning recommendation if children feel unsure is always to speak with a trusted adult.
There is a wide array of material to support children’s understanding and learning about e-safety as well as information to help parents understand the issues.
It is great if you can initiate honest and open conversations about internet use at home. Where children feel safe and able to discuss online experiences there are more likely to engage with conversation around it if and when issues arise. Here are some conversation starter ideas from www.childnet.com:
- Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online
Child friendly learning/support material and websites:
- https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ has a selection of resources for children of all ages 4 – 14+
- https://www.childnet.com/resources includes activities you can do at home as well as advice.
- https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/young-people/resources-3-11s this site has clearly laid out rules advice, eBooks, activities and videos all regarding e-safety.
Parent recommended support:
- https://parentinfo.org/ is the Department of Education website to support parents.
- https://www.internetmatters.org/ contains a variety of tips and advice including age specific advice, tips for setting up devices safely and tips for e-safety during this period of learning from home.
- https://www.childnet.com/ information for parents and children.
- https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents topic and age related information for about keeping children safe online.
- https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ containing guidance to social networking, apps and gaming.
- https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre to report and online issues.
Frequently used online platforms:
There are a number of online platforms which children favour whether it is for gaming or connecting with friends or other people outside of school. These can offer highly entertaining, creative and social opportunities. However, they are often an unknown for parents and carers and can be a cause of concern.
Please find below some information provided around a few of the current more popular online products.
The resources above are all from U.K. Safer Internet Centre https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ however many of the websites listed in the 'parent recommended support' part of this page have information about different websites, apps and games popular with children. If you have read any others or have another resources you have used and found useful please feel free to share it with us so we can put information on here to share with other parents.