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 6th February 2018 - Safer Internet Day

 

E Safety tip of the month - July 2018
As we approach the summer holidays lots of parents will be worrying about making sure that children do not spend too long playing on electronic devices. The NSPCC have joined with the phone network O2 to create some advice and resources for parents worried about how to keep their children safe online – goo.gl/dSstpJ.

Their advice is called the TEAM approach – Talk, Explore, Agree, and Manage:

Explore and understand the apps, games and sites your child uses and get to know your child’s online world better.

Talk to your child about their online world, just as you’d ask about their day at school.

Agree online ground rules and make sure you’re a good role model.

Manage privacy settings and use parental controls where necessary.

O2 and the NSPCC have launched a telephone helpline so parents can speak to trained advisers who can help with any concern about online safety. The number is 0808 800 5002. Parents can also make a ‘Guru’ appointment with an O2 in-store Guru, who can help you keep your children safe online. You do not have to be an O2 customer to use these services.

E Safety incident in Leeds, Jan 2017

You may have seen the reports in the media last week about an e-safety incident involving primary age children from Leeds. The incident did not take place in school or through an ‘app’ approved by a school. The incident is now being investigated by West Yorkshire Police.

This incident has highlighted a number of safeguarding issues about smartphone ‘apps’ including live.ly and music.ly. These apps are supposed to only be able to access contacts on the user’s phone, but it appears that unknown individuals are able to join group chats. Therefore, these apps are not safe for children to use as there is a significant risk of inappropriate contact by unknown individuals.

We would ask all parents to make sure that your child does not have access to such apps on their phone and to check that all privacy settings are switched on to make sure that children are protected when using any internet site.

If a child experiences or expresses concerns about online activity, it must be reported to the police using 101 and https://ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/.