Keeping your child safe online
At Keeble Gateway Academy, we believe in keeping your child safe both in and out of school.
Children today have embraced new technologies as a source of information, education and entertainment. The use of digital technology is regarded as normal by this generation, and it is now fully integrated into their daily lives.
Children and young people are using technology in new and exciting ways, enhancing and enriching their lives with the many tools on offer.
This may include using:
- Mobile phones
- Games consoles
- Smart TVs
In their exploration of these technologies, young people are not only developing their ICT skills, but also a whole host of other skills - creativity, communication and networking skills, for example.
Children are increasingly referred to as 'digital natives': citizens born into a digital world, who grow up surrounded by and emerged in the technology and tools of the digital age. Their confidence and skills in using this technology is typically high, but their knowledge and awareness of the inherent issues, risks and dangers is usually very low.
Children and young people need to be empowered to keep themselves safe. At Keeble Gateway Academy, we have a specific e-safety curriculum that covers every group from EYFS to Year 6, This is revisited in many areas of the curriculum, including Computing and RSE/PSHE as well as through our weekly Staying Safe sessions. We also have a specific e-safety policy, an e-safety protocol for everyone working in school and a dedication to ensure that children can explore the digital world through various devices safely.
E-Safety Guides and Advice
What Parents need to know about online grooming
Grooming is when someone befriends and builds an emotional connection with a child to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual abuse or exploitation, therefore it is vital for parents/carers to inform themselves and be aware of the potential danger to their children.
Policing vs Parenting - Get to grips with gaming
With the increasing popularity of gaming, it can be difficult to know how to approach this as parents. While some sensible boundaries are helpful, they are only a short term solution for how we guide children towards gaming health.
A Parent's guide to internet controls
Here's everything you need to know about internet controls in a handy guide, covering router filter controls, parental software controls, ISP filtering controls and useful recommendations.
What you need to know about home devices
Many smart devices and functions can be 'hacked' and controlled by someone outside your home. This guide will help you identify some of the ways you can stay alert and protect yourself.
What you need to know about YouTube
YouTube has continued to grow in popularity over recent years, especially with the increase in trends like live gaming streaming and TikTok. Now, more than ever, it is vital that parents know what content their children are watching and the potential risks.
Useful websites for further information about e-safety:
A full list of guides for parents can be found on the National on line safety website: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides
Childnet International have developed a fantastic leaflet, with some practical ideas to support your child online at home.