23 January 2018Esafety UpdatesE-safety Workshops for Pupils, Staff and Parents at Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred
We were pleased to have such a good turnout for our E-safety workshop for parents, on Monday 22nd January 2018. The ‘two Johns’ gave a comprehensive overview of the dangers of the web and some specific apps that many of our children are using regularly, as well as offering some useful solutions on how parents can work alongside children to keep themselves safe.
Thank you to all those parents who came. Don’t forget to refer to all the useful resources in the linked sites at the end of this document.
The key message from the two Johns was to go along the online journey with your children. Sit with them while they show you what they are doing, open the doors that allow your child to talk to you about what is going on within their online games or social networking sites and don’t just let them take that journey alone. The prime danger is that children are too afraid of telling their parents if something happens online or during an x box game or similar. They would have no hesitation of telling an adult if a stranger approached them on the street but almost 100% of children are reluctant to tell their parents about threats online as they are scared they will be punished or will have the right to access their devices and the internet taken away.
Three rules we can teach our children to keep them safe on line are:
• Do not be tempted to go into private side rooms even when pressured to do so.
• Never give out your personal details to friends you have only met on the internet. People can and will use these to find you and hold power over you getting you to do things you don’t want to do
• If you are scared or worried by anything you do, find or see on the internet ALWAYS call for the help of a trusted Adult. If you can’t do this then use the CEOP Report Abuse button so as your worries can be taken care of.
John referred to three main sources of help for you and your children, they are:
In recent months, we have been approached by some parents who have had concerns about their child’s vulnerability in relation to their internet use, with regard to cyber-bullying. As the use of technology at home and at the academy becomes an increasingly important feature of our children’s daily lives, we feel it is important that we address issues promptly and in partnership. As an academy, we do not consider any form of bullying acceptable. This includes cyber-bullying, which can be very difficult for parents and carers to manage, particularly in isolation. Where we have been approached directly by parents with concerns, we have worked with them to try and identify the source of the problem and to resolve it, even though the incidents happened outside of academy hours. We consider it our role to work with parents to tackle issues related to inappropriate use of the internet by educating our pupils in academy hours, as well as working with parents and staff. It is important that parents and carers are aware of their responsibilities in helping to ensure their children are safe when they use the internet at home, of the dangers associated with the use of digital technology and of strategies they can use to help prevent cyber-bullying etc.
Click here for a link to this information as a pdf file.