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E-Safety

E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. At Holy Rood we want to help our parents/carers and children improve their own understanding of E-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way.

As a parent/carer you'll know how important the internet is to children - they use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. But the technology children use every day can seem a bit daunting and you might worry about the risks your child can face online. 

This section of our website aims to provide practical support and information to aid parents/carers in ensuring your child is safe online.

If you have any concerns regarding the e-safety of your child, please do not hesitate to contact the Head of School, Mrs Braund, or our E-Safety co-ordinator, Miss George. 

 

Holy Rood’s E-Safety Top Tips

Technology use should be transparent

Encourage the use of technology in a central family area. This will make it easier to keep an eye on your child’s activities. The best protection still remains that of adult supervision.

Talk to your child

Take time to talk to your child(ren) about what sites they enjoy using. Ask them to show you how they use the game, website or app. Talk to them about how to stay safe on this game, website or app.

Online ‘Friends’

Talk to your child(ren) about not accepting ‘friend requests’ from any strangers. Ensure they know to never give away any personal information such as their name, address, personal details etc. Take time to especially discuss with your child the importance of never arranging to actually meet a person they met online.

Be kind!

Whether you are talking online or in person, we know from Jesus’ example that we should always be kind to everyone. Being online should be a place for everyone to enjoy safely and no one should be subject to mean comments. Encourage your child to consider the possible consequences of their online actions. If you wouldn’t say it in person then don’t say it online.

Privacy settings and sharing controls

Social networking sites such as Instagram, Facebook, TikTok or Snapchat (which most have an age restriction of 13+) have sharing and privacy controls to manage who sees their personal posts, photos, videos, etc. It is good practise to ensure that all profiles are private – that way you can manage who sees your child’s/ children’s content.

Don’t believe what you read!

Not everything that is available online is true. Talk to your child about this and encourage your child to be critical as not everything is what it appears to be.

You know your child best …

You know your child best! Use your judgement to decide if your child is ready to have access to different social media platforms, games, apps etc.

What parents need to know about...

Click on the links below to find the latest information about apps, games and other technologies that children have access to. Please let us know if there is any further information that you feel you may require:

Facebook

Twitter

Minecraft

Instagram

Snapchat

E-Safety in the home

Use of mobile phones

Internet safety settings

Online resources and advice

The following online resources and website also contain useful information for parents and carers and their children:

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - Includes the very popular 'Thunk U Know' resource

The European Internet Safety Resource

Kidsmart 

Safer Internet 

ChildNet

Useful Documents for Parents 

Click here to view Purple Mash's Parenting in a digital world booklet. 

Click here to view our Online Safety Apps at a glance document. 

Click here to view Childnet's Parent's Guide to Technology.

Click here to view Childnet's Parent Guide to Online Gaming. 

Useful Videos

In-game Spending and Social Media Scams | Internet Matters x Barclays Digital Eagles

Communication from school regarding e-safety and use of mobile phones 

For the latest communication from Mrs Braund, please click here

For information regarding our Mobile Phones policy, please click here