On 15th October we welcomed back Stephen Carrick-Davies to work with us to strengthen our e-safety education and policy work. For those who were not able to attend one of the 20 minute drop-in parents' surgeries Stephen has produced this handout which highlights just a few of the helpful points which came out of the discussions with parents.
As part of our learning at DVIS we talk to the children about being safe and this includes when they are using technology, especially the internet.
All staff at DVIS have received E-Safety training.
The school has an Acceptable Users Policy that all adults at school are asked to sign, this includes staff, governors, volunteers and parents/carers. The children also sign a child-friendly version which helps to alert them to how technology and internet can be useful, safe and healthy.
The following are some suggestions to help your child to stay safe on the internet:
Your child’s personal safety online
It’s important your child realises that people online might not be who they say they are and could be dangerous. They should also be aware that any personal information they give out can be used in financial scams or for bullying.
To keep your child safe you should tell them not to:
- give out personal information to people they only know online - this includes name, home address, landline and mobile numbers, bank details, PIN numbers and passwords
- supply details for registration without asking for permission and help from you
- visit chat websites that aren’t fully moderated/supervised
- arrange to meet an online friend in person without your knowledge and permission (if you agree to let them, you should always go along with them)
- give any indication of their age or sex in a personal email address or screen name
- keep anything that worries or upsets them online secret from you
- respond to unwanted emails or other messages
You can monitor your child’s internet use by checking the history folder on your browser as it contains a list of previously visited sites.