At Mary Elton Primary school, we recognise the benefits and opportunities that technology offers to teaching and learning. We encourage the use of technology in order to enhance knowledge and skills. However, the accessible and global nature of the internet and variety of technologies available mean that we are also aware of potential risks and challenges associated with such use.
E-Safety refers to child protection and safeguarding of both children and adults in the digital world. It is about learning to understand and use technologies in a safe, positive way, as well as supporting children and adults to develop safe online behaviours (both in and out of school).
E-Safety is largely concerned with internet communications. The internet is accessible from computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, games consoles and other devices like the iPod Touch and internet connected TV. Other communication technologies such as texting and phone calls are also covered by the term ‘ESafety’.
Websites to support you and your children when being online;
CEOP - A law enforcement agency there to help keep children safe online. They are there to help and give advice and you can also make a report directly to them if something has happened online which has made you/your child feel unsafe, scared or worried.
UK Safer Internet Centre – A place to report harmful online content.
Internet Watch Foundation – The UK’s hotline for reporting illegal content found on the internet.
True Vision – Report online content which incites hatred on the grounds of race, religion and sexual orientation.
Childnet - A useful hub for parents/carers with information and resources to help you support your child to have a happy and safe online experience.
Think U Know - educational programme from the National Crime Agency's CEOP where you can find information and resources to help raise young people's awareness.
SWGfL - South West Grid for Learning
Online Together Project
The Online Together Project is a joint initiative between Internet Matters and Samsung to help all young people and their parents and carers develop their critical thinking skills and promote a positive and inclusive culture online. Why is it important? In an ever connected world, it is important to support young people to understand others’ viewpoints, to challenge negative preconceptions and help young people feel empowered and supported in their experiences with others online.