E-safety is the safe use of information systems and electronic communications, including the internet, mobile phones and games consoles. It is important that children and young people understand the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
It is crucial that we work together to keep everyone safe online. At school we use the internet a lot for research, coding and much more. The internet is an exciting place however it is important that children are aware of ways in which they can protect themselves online.
A family agreement is great way to get children and parents on board with how we use the internet safely. This can just be a conversation with your child where you agree some rules around using the internet at home, at school or at a friend’s house.
At school, we have introduced a new way to keep the children safe. If they see anything online they do not think is appropriate or do not wish to see, they can click on the e-safety button ‘Hector’. Hector is a friendly dolphin which when clicked on, creates a screen saver over your page and instructs you to get an adult in a child friendly way. He will be available on all of the computers at school and the children will all be trained in how to use him. If you would like to download Hector, please feel free to click the link below. If you choose the basic XP version it works on Windows 7 but it has not been tested on Windows 8 or 10. There is also a version available for Mac OS.