At EWPA we understand that E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe. We recognise that as technology develops and becomes embedded in our way of life, our children access the internet more and more. Through our extensive security measures and curriculum teaching, we strive to ensure that our children are using the internet securely and safely.
The internet is a powerful resource for the children to use, however with this comes risk and it is essential for children and parents to be aware of the risks and ways to ensure they are using the internet safely and behave appropriately online.
At EWPA we teach the children how to use the internet safely, including the use of social media. Teachers use every opportunity to facilitate discussions and learning opportunities with the children about how they can stay safe online. Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. We encourage every parent and carer in our school community along with staff to use the Safer School App to keep up to date about online safety and to understand how to keep the children safe. In addition to this, we send out a a termly safeguarding newsletter with support, information and guidance.
Cybersecurity game launched
The National Cyber Security Centre has launched a new game aimed at teaching primary school children the basics of cybersecurity. The free game, CyberSprinters, has been launched as a way to teach children about staying secure from an early age.
The game can be found by clicking the link below:
- Never give out any personal information (name, address, likes and dislikes, hobbies, telephone number) online.
- People are not always who they claim to be.
- Do not talk to strangers online or meet them in real life.
- Tell a trusted adult such as a parent, carer or teacher if something online makes them feel uncomfortable or scared.
- Spend more time with real-life friends rather than online friends.
- Do not open emails and messages from people that they do not know.
- Treat people the way they would like to be treated. For example, do not say nasty things and do not take part in cyber-bullying and to actively discourage others from taking part in online bullying.
- Do not share usernames and passwords with other people.
- Be careful about what websites you decide to visit and always check with an adult. Only go on websites that are educational and promote learning.
- Do not post photos online without parent's approval.
- The majority of social media websites including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Instagram and SnapChat have a minimum age of 13.
If you are being bullied, tell someone you trust - this could be your teacher or a brother, sister or a parent.
What is bullying?
• It’s when you are unkind or mean to the same person and it happens more than once.
• Bullying can be unkind words, unkind hands and unkind feet.
• It can happen in class, on the playground or using the internet.
Do’s and Don’ts
• Do tell someone either a teacher, adult or friend who can speak up for you.
• Do try and tell the bully to stop.
• Don’t copy the behaviour of the bully.
• Don’t do it back to them.
What Should I Do If I See Bullying?
If you see bullying ALWAYS tell a teacher!