e-Safety is an important part of keeping our children safe at Vernon Primary School. e-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. 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. It’s essential to be realistic - banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
The following website link containing internet safety advice may be useful to parents/carers of children age 5-16
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ this website is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website: https://www.ceop.police.uk/Ceop-Report/
To remind the children about the importance of e-safety both within school and at home, KS1 recently had an assembly exploring the 'Kidsmart' website. This is an invaluable tool to help teach children how to use the internet safely. The children particularly enjoyed sharing the 'Smartie Penguin' story which explores the topic with a fun and child friendly approach.
During a recent assembly, Key stage 1 shared the story ‘Penguin Pig’, by Stuart Spendlow, a colourful and informative fiction book which has a strong underlying message that we need to think carefully before we trust what we read online. It enforces the message that some people use the Internet to trick others and that, in the event of being uncertain, children should check with a trusted adult. The children responded enthusiastically to the story by sharing their own knowledge about internet safety and asking relevant questions.
During the summer term, Jane Commins, a CEOP police officer from Cheshire Police, delivered informative e-safety talk for parents and training for staff to provide advice and guidance about how to keep our children safe when using digital technology. For those parents who were unable to attend the meeting useful information can be found at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ – containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5-16, along with parents and teachers this website is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/ - an award-winning internet safety programme for children http://vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/ - online magazine designed to support parents when talking to their child about the benefits and challenges of the digital world
http://www.childnet.com/resources/kia/ - lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the internet
http://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ -A police organisation working with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children. Age appropriate games and information provided for children on the site.
https://www.kidscape.org.uk/ - an organisation which works to prevent bullying and child abuse.
‘Penguin Pig’, by Stuart Spendlow
‘Chicken Clicking’, By Jeanne Willis
‘Digiducks Big Decision’ http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/teachers/ks1/digiduck.aspx
‘The Adventures of Smartie the Penguin’ http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/teachers/ks1/readsmartie.aspx
USEFUL DOCUMENTS FOR PARENTS/CARERS