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e-safety and online security
Technology is developing and expanding all the time. The use of technology has become an integral part of our lives and, whilst there are immeasurable benefits to harnessing technology, there are many associated risks and responsibilities. Technology can provide a platform to facilitate kindness and support … but it can also facilitate harm. At Holywell we encourage all of our students to be responsible when using technology and we address key issues related to e-safety and online security in ICT lessons and PSHE lessons.
Risks associated with online technology can be categorised into three main areas:
• content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material; for example pornography, fake news, racist or radical and extremist views;
• contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users; for example commercial advertising as well as adults posing as children or young adults; and
• conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm; for example making, sending and receiving explicit images, or online bullying.
As parents, how much do you know about the digital world in which your son / daughter exists? Do you know your Tik-Tok from your Snapchat? Do you know your HIP from your YOLO? Do you know what apps and online presence they have? Do they have their own YouTube channel and how secure are their social media accounts?
The following resources and links will help you to at least be aware of ‘what is out there’. Have a conversation with your son / daughter about their online behaviours and make sure that they are keeping themselves safe.
UK Internet Safety Centre is a site which provides e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
Parentzone provides advice specifically for parents on how to keep children safe online. A great site with which to start.
CEOP Website CEOP is the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and is part of the UK’s National Crime Agency. This is where you can report a concern or seek advice.
Think U Know is the education programme from NCA-CEOP. It is an excellent resource.
CBBC Stay Safe Promting online safety.
NSPCC Share Aware Help keep your child safe on social networks.
Gooseberry Planet provides information about the dangers of sexting and sexual imagery.
A Parents’ Guide to Snapchat is a very informative document for parents.
Other helpful guides include:
A parents’ guide to TikTok
A parents’ guide to Instagram
A parents’ guide to Facebook
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