At All Saints Academy we do not condone the use of Facebook by any of our pupils. The 13+ age requirement is a legal requirement due to Facebook gathering and storing information on its user to create a profile. Under the Privacy Protection Act (1980) it is therefore against the law for anyone under the age of 13 to use Facebook.
What is e-safety?
In today’s developing society, children use lots of different technologies such as mobile phones, game consoles, tablets and the Internet on a daily basis and experience a wide range of opportunities from this. This level of technology and they ways in which we can communicate are beneficial to all but can occasionally place children, young people and adult in danger if they are not managed appropriately.
E-safety covers these issues and aims to give children the skill they need in order to use the Internet and other technologies safely, as well as what to do if they discover or receive inappropriate communications via any form of information communication technology.
E-safety at All Saints Academy allows children to understand the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using different technologies.
- E-safety concerns safeguarding children and young people in the digital world.
- E-safety emphasises learning to understand and use new technologies in a positive way.
- E-safety is less about restriction and more about education about the risks as well as the benefits so we can feel confident online.
- E-safety is concerned with supporting children and young people to develop safer online behaviours both in and out of school.
Golden rules for keeping children safe include:
- Always keep the family computer in a public place such as a communal room where you can easily see the screen
- Set up filter systems on your computer that block unsuitable material
- Invest in good antivirus/spyware/pop-up blocking software if your computer does not have it already
- Stay involved and engaged with your children's online behaviours. Talk to your children about what they are doing on the internet and get them to show you what games or chat rooms they use
- Ensure that you have read the terms and conditions for responsible use of the particular sites and that you adhere to the minimum age restrictions for all children (not just your own) who may gain access to it. This is particularly important with media such as social networking sites, computer games, YouTube, iPlayer, music videos and DVDs because of the associated risks
- Help children to realise that things written on the social networking sites are published and can be seen by other users, and that therefore any posts must be polite and fair, and not lead to another person feeling demeaned, harassed or bullied
- Reinforce the smart rules at home (available on the Know it all website). The most important being:
safe - not giving out any personal information;
tell - tell someone if you see something that you don't like or upsets you; and
meet - don't meet up with someone you have met online
- Show children how to use the internet and help them not to be afraid of it as it is a wonderful resource