E-Safety is really important part of our learning and keeping us safe. Technology and the way in which we engage with the internet is changing rapidly and we need to know how to use the internet safely and responsibly.
At Oak Tree we teach the SMART principles as part of our embedded Computing curriculum.
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices such as phones, computers or tablets. Cyberbullyng includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false or mean content about someone else. This can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation.
At Oak Tree we take cyberbullying very seriously and we equip our students with the skills needed to identify online bullying and how to respond to it. National Online Safety have created a guide to help young people understand cyberbullying, which can be found here.
Alongside teaching our pupils about cyberbullying we also teach about the importance of digital wellbeing. With the online world being such a huge part of young people's lives, it is very important that we help them to understand how to use it safely, sensibly and with an awareness of how it can impact on them. Childnet have created a page on their website with further information as to how you can support your child's digital wellbeing, tailored to their age. You can find this page here.
At Home - Resources for Parents
As a parent you will know how important the internet can be to our children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. It's a highly creative place of amazing opportunities. However the technology children use everyday can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online - such as cyberbullying, contact from strangers or the possibility of seeing illegal or inappropriate content. We want to help our parents improve their own understanding of E-Safety issues so they can help their children use the internet in a safe and secure way. In order to help with the fast moving and changing world of the internet and social media we have created an 'Online Safety Booklet for Parents' which can be found in the resources section below. This includes a checklist to help you keep your child safe online. We have also attached a range of links in the resources section to different guides that you may find useful regarding different internet and social media sites.
You may find the following websites useful in regards to keeping children safe online.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre. It provides resources and information for Parents/Carers. It also has a number of videos for children to watch to help with issues such as cyberbullying and talking to strangers online.
Childnet International has a range of resources available to parents regarding online safety. It has up-to-date guides and an online chat forum if you need to speak to an expert.
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to help parents keep children safe when they are using the internet, social networks, apps and games.
Childline have created a new webpage called 'Calm Zone'. It gives strategies and activities to help children when they are feeling worried or anxious.