E-Safety

 All members of our school community are expected to follow our E-safety Strategy.

 E-Safety Strategy

If you require any help in ensuring your child stays safe online please feel free to speak to any member of staff.

Please look at our esafety guides below.

The internet for many parents can be a daunting place but to our children it is a necessity of life. Access to the internet has never been so vast and continues to spread with the increasing popularity of tablets devices and access through mobile phones. To support you in protecting your child on line there are some useful links below to sites with tips and guidance:

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thinkuknow LogoCEOP (Child On-Line Protection) Parents Area

This site offers advice and guidance for all types of online behaviours be it on line gaming, social networking, sharing and much more. Your children will be familiar with the child version of this site as it used in school you could perhaps ask them to help you with navigating through it.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

Anti Bullying Alliance LogoCyber Bullying

Cyberbullying is becoming more prevalent amongst children and young people when they are online, particularly as the popularity of online gaming continues to increase. To help parents deal with any incidents of cyberbullying or if you think your child maybe a victim of online bullying there is advice and guidance for you as a parent and how to deal with such scenarios.

http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/advice/parents-and-carers.aspx

 

Webwise LogoShare, Take Care: tips for parents

This short guide will help you to make sure your teen stays safe and happy online.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/parents-safety

 

Kind of Digital LogoKind of Digital: quick guides

Quick guides are simple one page documents that explain social technology to the uninitiated

http://kindofdigital.com/useful-stuff/quick-guides/

 

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A Parents Guide to Cyberbulling

 

 

NSPCC guide to keeping your child safe online

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/

 

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At Malvern Primary School we take eSafety very seriously. We appreciate the importance of the internet as a learning tool for children today. It provides them with the opportunities to access a wide range of educational tools, communicate with friends and investigate the world around them. However, there is also content available that is not suitable for children. We hope that the information provided on our eSafety pages will help to keep your children safe and ensure they use technology responsibility. If you wish to know more please ask us in school.

Social Media

You can find some practical guidance for parents and carers whose children are using social media by clicking here.

Facebook is the most popular Social Networking site on the internet.  It was launched in 2004 and has an estimated 1.94 billion users.  You can find more information about how to protect yourself online, how to report issues and how to deactivate your account here.

Instagram is a photograph and video sharing application and is particularly popular with children and teenagers.  For further guidance of how you can stay safe when using Instagram, how to report any issues or how to deactivate your account click here.

 

Musical.ly allows users to create, share and discover new videos.  It allows users to create short videos of themselves dancing, performing or lip-syncing to music and to share them online via their app.  As with other social media sites users can set their profiles to private or public.  You can access more information about musical.ly by clicking here.

Snapchat is a messenger app that allows you to send photos, videos, text and drawings.  The unique feature of Snapchat is that the message only stays on the recipient’s phone for a matter of seconds.  Further guidance on where to find privacy settings, report abuse and deactivate your account can be found here.

 

Whatsapp Whatsapp is a free messenger app that enables users to send messages, images, video and audio using the internet and is popular amongst children.  Further information on how to restrict access to whatsapp can be found here.

 

 Online Gaming

 Online gaming has changed the gaming world for our children, they can now play against other gamers at any time.  This world can be scary for parents who don’t necessarily access these games themselves.  Practical advice for parents can be found here.

It is worth noting that games are subject to similar age ratings as films are.  The system for rating games is called the PEGI rating, we would encourage you to familiarise yourself with these ratings which can be found here.

Reporting

There may be occasions where you need to report incidents that happen while online, this could be due to inappropriate language being used on a gaming platform, online bullying or another form of abuse.  If you need to make a report to CEOP, this can be done here:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

If you need to report something to a social networking site or a gaming provider you can find contact details of most of the popular social media and gaming providers by clicking here.

Want to speak to an expert?

Childline and O2 have teamed up to offer a free helpline for parents for any queries you may have regarding online activity, this could just be simple queries about online gaming or parental controls.  The free phone number is 0808 800 5002.

 

 

 

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