At EVPS, we recognise that pupils are growing up in an increasingly complex world, living their lives on and offline. The online world provides many exciting opportunities; however, it can also present risks and challenges. All staff understand that they have a duty to ensure that all children are protected from potential harm online and that pupils are responsible in their own approaches to online safety.
We believe that:
All children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, have the right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
What are some of the risks to online safety for children?
There are a range of potential harms that come with using the internet. Categories include:
How are children taught about online safety in school?
As part of Computing and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) sessions, pupils are taught about online safety in an age-appropriate way. This is re-inforced by assemblies and class discussions which include being taught:
Here is a reminder of the age restrictions on some of the more popular games and websites, often a surprise to parents!
Facebook 13+, Instagram 13+, Snapchat 13+, Tik-Tok 12+
Fortnite 12+, MineCraft 7+
Below are some links to useful e-safety information for parents.
EVPS - NSPCC Helpline page
|South West Grid for Learning - Top 10 Internet Safety Tips|
Get Safe Online - Safeguarding Children
|Cyber Aware - The UK government's advice on how to stay secure online during coronavirus|
Common Sense Media - An article on 'Why the Best Parental Control Is You'
The UK government's safeguarding in Schools and Colleges advice page
Parent Info - help and advice for families in a digital world
Internet Matters - Helping parents keep their children safe online
UK Safer Internet Centre - Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online
|Childnet - A presentation and guide for parents covering many aspects of e-safety including cyber-bullying and social networking. There is also a children’s section.|
|Google Internet Legends - Contains resources on e-safety using five key words (Sharp, Alert, Secure, Kind and Brave) and there is a parents tab that allows you to download a pdf document with family activities that help teach e-safety at home.|