E-safety – electronic safety – is all about keeping ourselves safe, maintaining our privacy and protecting our rights in the digital world.
We all need to be aware of potential e-safety issues with all our digital devices and forms of digital communication not just computers and the internet.
Computers, laptops, tablets (iPads, Kindles etc), digital cameras, games consoles (Xbox, Wii, iPod touch, Nintendo DS etc) smart televisions, mobile phones, texts and email are ALL part of the digital world.
Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and video sharing sites such as YouTube are valuable in allowing use to maintain communication with family and friends worldwide. However parents and children should abide by the age restrictions on such sites and carefully set their privacy settings.
Just as in the real world we need children to be aware of stranger danger and bullying (cyber-bulling) in the digital world. We need our children to recognise when it is happening and were to seek help.
At school, we educate children about e-Safety in ICT lessons but it’s important that parents know some key e-Safety tips too. Below are some links to resources to help support parents and children with all aspects of e-safety.
Think U Know
An excellent website providing lots of useful information advice about how to manage online risks, how to talk to your child about what they're doing online & tools available to keep them safe.
The BBC eSafety page aims to help you use the internet in a safe way. It links to sites that are kept up to date with useful information, along with explanations and helpful hints for you and your family to get the most out of the internet.
Vodafone – Digital Parenting
Vodafone have lots of fantastic practical advice for parents. You can also read their 'Digital Parenting' magazine.