e-safety

Children and young people spend a lot of time online and may face risks such as cyberbullying or being exposed to inappropriate content.

Whether you're unsure about what happens online or are familiar with new technology, it's important that you talk to your child about staying safe.

It may feel daunting, but you don't need to be an expert on the internet. Understanding what children do online and the risks they face will help you keep your child safe online.

 

Below are a number of fact sheets produced by the NSPCC on the various aspects of e-safety.

 

Finally, if you also have older children

 

Kippax Ash Tree endeavors to maintain a high level of security and safety when children use the internet in school (see internet policy) and advise parents to maintain this at home.

The use of Facebook for pupils at KASPs is not permissible and it is the responsibility of parents to regulate children's use of the internet at home.

 

 

Click here to see how we promote internet antibullying

 

 

 

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 USE OF FACEBOOK

 

 It is illegal for any child under the age of 13 to be registered with FaceBook....

 

 

 

FACEBOOK Registration and Account Security Rules (these are from their Terms and Conditions page)

 

1. You will not provide any false personal information on Facebook, or create an account for anyone other than yourself without permission.

 

5.You will not use Facebook if you are under 13.

 

 

e-Safety bullet points 

 

1.Talk

Talk with your children about what they are doing online. Find out which websites the visit and how they communicate with their friends online. Are they using instant messaging programs like MSN Messenger, or are they texting their friends using their mobile phone. Make sure your children know they can come and talk to you or another trusted adult if they are worried or upset about anything that happens online.

 

2.Rules

Together with your children, draw up a set of responsible rules about using the Internet that the whole family agrees to. Think about what is reasonable for the age of your children, and make sure your children are balancing the amount of time they spend online with the amount of time they spend on other activities. You might want to ask your school for a copy of the rules they use and base yours on that.

 

3.Keep Personal Information Safe

Make sure your children understand the importance of keeping their personal information safe. Posting personal information on websites, or sending in messages, can lead to strangers getting hold of it. Items of personal information such as full name, address, telephone numbers, photographs and school name should all be kept secret and not posted online. Encourage your children to think about who else might be able to see what they post on websites or send in messages.

 

4.Keep an Eye Out

Keep the family computer in an area where you can keep an eye on your children as they use it. Remember that children can also access the Internet from other devices such as mobile phones, portable music players and games consoles. As children are older and you feel it is appropriate for them to have a computer in their bedroom, or a laptop that they can carry around, consider installing suitable safety software that will alert you if they do something that might put them in danger. There are several commercial software products that will do this for you.

 

5.Meetings

The Internet allows young people to make new friends across the country and even across the world, allowing them to learn about new cultures and new places. However make sure your children know that they should never meet anyone they only know online, unless they take you or another responsible adult with them.

Bullying
The links below show you how to report harassment or bullying to the main social networks: (pages open in a new window)

 

Tagging:

 If your child is tagged in a post by someone else, it may appear in their Facebook timeline without their approval, so encourage them to set up tagging approval.  How to control tagging on Facebook.

  

For further reading on internet safety visit:

Internet matters.org 

Remember most 'smart devices' these days have pre-installed methods of controlling what children have access to. Here's how to set Parental Controls on various devices, laptops and game consoles.