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What is E-Safety?
“E-Safety is concerned with the safeguarding of young people in the ‘digital’ world and ensuring that they feel safe when accessing new technology.”
Computing in the 21st Century has an all-encompassing role within the lives of children and adults. New internet and online technologies are enhancing communication and the sharing of information. Current and emerging internet and online technologies used in school and, more importantly in many cases, used outside of school by children include:
The Internet – World Wide Web
Instant messaging (often using simple web cams) e.g. Instant Messenger)
Web based voice and video calling (e.g. Skype)
Online chat rooms
Online discussion forums
Social networking sites (e.g. Facebook)
Blogs and Micro-blogs (e.g. Twitter)
Podcasting (radio / audio broadcasts downloaded to computer or MP3/4 player)
Video broadcasting sites (e.g. YouTube)
Music and video downloading (e.g. iTunes)
Mobile phones with camera and video functionality
Smart phones with e-mail, messaging and internet access
E- Safety is a very important aspect in today’s modern society. It is concerned with the safeguarding of young people in the "digital" world and ensuring that they feel safe when accessing new technology.
At St Robert Bellarmine, we teach all of our children how to stay safe when using technology and ensure that they are aware of what to do if they feel unsafe when in the “digital” world.
We create a safe learning environment through:
An effective range of technological tools
Policies and procedures, with clear roles and responsibilities
The teaching of E-Safety which is embedded into the school curriculum and schemes of work
You can help your child by finding out more about e-safety or by supporting them when accessing child friendly websites at home. These websites are designed for primary school children and enable them to learn more about e-safety through games/video clips etc.
Here are some useful websites:
EYFS and KS1:
Download our E-Safety Posters:
We have these e-safety posters on display in our classrooms. Why not put one up next to the computer at home and talk about it with your children?
E-safety and Digital Images
In order to safeguard all our children and staff it is school policy that any photographs or images taken during school events such as assemblies, Masses, performances, sporting events etc. are acceptable for parents/carers to do so. In this instance these images are permitted for personal use only and MUST NOT be shared on any form of social media.
E-Safety in our classes
Each class spent time exploring the importance of keeping safe online. The children were asked to create a project such as a poster, presentation or booklet.
Year 1: Chicken Clicking
Year 1 learnt the importance of Internet safety through the book 'Chicken Clicking' - a tale about the perils of misusing the Internet by Tony Ross and Jeanne Willis. The children acted out the story and subsequently made their own picture book based on the tale.
Year 2: Year 2 Guide to Keeping Safe Online
Year 2 thought carefully about how to use the Internet properly and safely. They came up with the idea of creating a step-by-step guide of how to keep safe online. The finished product was a booklet containing quotes, tips, rules and pictures.
Year 3: SMART (www.kidsmart.org.uk)
Year 3 worked in groups to create posters based on the SMART guide to being safe on the Internet. This guide provides regulations about how to use the Internet safely. The children thought it was particularly important to always tell a parent, carer or trusted adult if someone or something made them feel worried or uncomfortable online, or if they or someone they knew was being bullied online.
Year 4: Posters
Year 4 worked individually and in pairs to create posters detailing top tips on how to stay safe online. They highlighted that information on the Internet might not always be reliable, and people online might lie about who they are. The children came up with a quote 'Don't always believe what you read online'.
Year 5: Presentations
Year 5 also focused on the SMART guide to staying safe online. They created short video clips and presentations to inform people that not all information on the Internet is reliable, and that it is important not to accept files/emails from people you do not know as they could be dangerous.
Year 6: Posters
Year 6 worked in groups to create posters which provided top tips about how to stay safe online. Some groups focused on how to stay safe on social media, and highlighted that a digital footprint can be traced, even after a post is deleted.
Safer Internet Day - visit to Anfield
The whole school participated in activities in relation to 'E-Safety Day 2018'. The Year 5 children were fortunate enough to visit Anfield Football Club to learn about how to keep safe and respectful online. The children listened to LFC's Chief Executive, Peter Moore, who worked on XBOX and was the President of Sega. He stated that there are many fantastic ways to use the internet, but children must be responsible to ensure they are safe online. The children also met a Police Officer specializing in Internet Safety. He told the children how important it is to keep personal details and settings private online. Year 5 also had an interesting discussion about whether they thought they spent too much time on the Internet.
During a special assembly, we looked at what a digital footprint is and how we must think carefully when using the internet.
A digital footprint is the term used to describe the trail or traces of 'footprints' that people leave online.
The children know that it is important to leave a positive footprint online.