It is really important that parents and carers work with us to ensure children stay safe in their use of technology. When we talk about e-safety, we are not just talking about the internet. We are talking about the use of computers, games consoles (such as Xbox or PS), mobile phones, televisions, tablets (such as the iPad) and many other things.
There are several elements to Internet Safety that we teach at Sir John Heron:
- How to use the internet safely, and what to do if something goes wrong or we see something we shouldn't
- How to keep ourselves safe - keeping our details private and keeping our data secure
- How to behave when using technology - being courteous and responsible, and what to do if others treat us in a way which is not kind. This strand also links with our behaviour and anti-bullying policies.
- Encouraging a healthy use of technology - not over-using mobiles, consoles or computers.
You will have been asked to fill out our 'Acceptable Use Policy' when your child started school. This details some of the ways in which we encourage children to behave, and outlines our rules for safe use of technology. We also ask your permission for the use of photos and video on the website and in other places.
If your child is worried
Talk to your child about what to do if they see content that worries or upsets them. Let them know they can talk to you, or another trusted adult, without getting in trouble if they do come across something that worries them.
If your child does see or do something, or meet someone online that worries them, they will be looking for your support. Try not to overreact if they tell you about something that has happened to them.
- Emphasise they have made a good decision by sharing their concerns
- Allow them to share what they want with you. Try to listen rather than ask lots of questions to begin with.
- Offer emotional support, and let them know you’ll help.
- Let them know the next steps you’ll be taking, such as reporting, accessing help and support, and calling the NSPCC helpline for further advice.
Whatever the worry child line is available for children 24/7. They can call 0800 1111
Or visit Childline.org.uk