Parents  »  E Safety

Our Curriculum Vision Statement begins with the words
‘The children who come to Quarry Mount Primary School are diverse, confident and energetic. The world into which they will live and grow is changing rapidly and is driven by technology.’
 
As technology and the Internet play such a central part in our children’s present and future lives we place great importance on teaching the children how to use them safely. All Internet use is closely monitored and classes complete regular ‘E-safety’ activities to remind the children how to keep safe online. The E-Safety Policy provides more detail about how we do this and is available for you to download below.
 
We know that parents and carers will also be very concerned that their children are protected and safe when using the Internet at home as well as at school.  Below are some tips on how to initiate conversations around the subject of E-Safety and some useful links that will direct you to further information from external organisations.

For further help or advice, please contact the school's E-Safety Coordinator, Mrs Helen Smith, via the school office.
Useful web links
*NEW* Advice on where to report unsuitable content
http://parentzone.org.uk/system/files/attachments/where-to-report%20handout.pdf
Advice including an 'Online teen speak dictionary' and 'Staying Safe on Minecraft'
http://parentinfo.org/
How to set up parental controls
http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/parental-controls
Vodafone Digital Parenting (includes checklists by age)
http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents.html/
CEOP's Think U Know for Parents and Carers
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
KidSMART
http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/
Childnet
http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers
Childline (the free and confidential helpline for children)
http://www.childline.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
Independent not-for-profit organisation which offers age appropriate advice
http://www.internetmatters.org/
9 top tips for keeping under 13s safe online
How to keep your child/children safe on games consoles

Please find in this section, a number of documents outlining how to control safety settings on various consoles.

Dates for your diary
Tuesday 5th February 2019 - Safer Internet Day

 

E Safety tip of the month – November 2018

Gaming is a popular past-time for many children and adults around the world. There is a wide variety of games on the market that are aimed at various ages ranging from action-based animation games to sports games. For most children, online gaming is a popular way to keep in touch with friends, along with developing team work, problem solving and concentration skills. Many games now have online features for chatting, making purchases and other online activities. Depending on the security settings, children can talk to people they do or do not know. Playing games can be exciting and consuming and sometimes this can mean that children can become a little less guarded when considering who they talk to and what they share. It may also be seen as ‘normal’ to talk to adults in a game – especially if children can learn from them – than it would be to talk to an adult on another social media platform.

Here are some top tips to help you ensure your child is playing online games safely:

  • Explore parental controls on games consoles. Most games consoles enable parents to apply settings that can help to manage a child’s online activities. For more information on enabling parental control visit: https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/tech-guide/gaming-consoles/
  • Familiarise yourself with the blocking and reporting functions on the games your child plays, and ensure they know how to use these. It’s helpful to sit with your child and go through this together.
  • Continue to have conversations with your child about gaming and their online activity. Reassure your child that they can always talk to you about anything that makes them feel uncomfortable- whether it’s the game content or something they’ve heard when chatting with other users.
  • Learn more about gaming and the PEGI rating at : https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/gaming-whats-appropriate-for-your-child/