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E-Safety

The Internet can be fun and is an amazing resource for learning but it can also be a dangerous place with a number of risks for young people. The rise in the number of activities that are available to our young people only increases the number of risks that are posed. We are constantly hearing tales in the media of the dangers of the Internet but sometimes we lack precise knowledge of how we can help minimise the risk to ourselves and our young people. The academy will update these pages regularly and provide links to other sites that provide young people and their parrents with advice and guidance on staying safe online while enjoying its many benefits. 

The following links provide information to help parents understand this subject.

Safer Internet Day 2022

Safer Internet Day 2022 is on Tuesday 8th February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’.

Safer Internet Day inspires a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, the celebration sees thousands of organisations get involved to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. 

Main Site https://saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2022/about-the-theme 

Parent Resources https://saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2022/advice-for-parents-and-carers​ 

Each year in the UK, Safer Internet Day explores a new issue or theme which is impacting the lives of young people in the UK. For 2022 the Day celebrates young people’s role in creating a safer internet and the ways they are shaping the interactive entertainment spaces they are a part of. The platforms young people use are spaces for connection, community and collaboration, which is why the Day challenges them to foster supportive relationships and respectful communities, whilst equipping them with the skills they need to keep themselves and others safe in these spaces.

Speaking with young people is key to exploring their experiences on platforms where they can play games, interact with their peers and others, and take part in ‘live’ experiences such as video streaming. These platforms play such an important and positive role, providing young people with the means to interact with friends and as a great pastime, particularly during lockdowns. 

However, there are some emerging safety issues in these spaces as well as issues young people have been navigating for some time; particularly the lack of respect individuals display towards each other, groups ‘ganging up’ against other groups, and the sense that it is easy to ‘get away’ with negative behaviour such as meanness, bullying and swearing. They speak about hate directed at particular groups, particularly LGBT+ users, and misogyny on gaming platforms. They tell us the apparent lack of consequences for negative behaviour has an impact on their safety and wellbeing. 

We need to address these issues so that all young people understand what constitutes respectful behaviour online, and know what to do if they encounter hate or bullying directed at them or someone else. Our theme for Safer Internet Day is 

Sexting Awareness Videos from Sussex Police

Do you know the risks of sending nude selfie? Video 1

Do you know the risks? Video 2

Digital Safety Letter to Parents
Official letter to parents of Shoreham Academy regarding the importance of digital safety.

Parent Fact Sheet         
Factsheet provided by UK Safer Internet Centre. Provides links and contact information.

Parent Conversation Starters     
Question sheet offering advice on how to talk to children about the subject.

Supporting Young People Online
Leaflet providing general tips and help to parents on e-safety.

Thinkyouknow
Advices, help and report. Help on bringing up young children.

Internetmatters.org
Helping parents keep their children safe online.

Safeinternet.org
Many links and resources on how to manage technology for young people.

nspcc.org Online Safety
Online safety guide.

Childnet.com
Interactive presentation for parents.

Kidsmart.org 
Website with various information on parent control and internet safety.

Parentinfo.org
Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online.

E-safety Parent Guides

The Internet of Things (IP enabled products - CEOP Advice for Parents

Other Useful ESafety Information 

BBC Click Article on Tik Tok 

OFCOM Children and parents: Media use and attitudes report 2018

UKCIS Education for a Connected World A framework to equip children and young people for digital life

Top Downloaded Apps for 8-12 year olds 2019 

Most Popular Apps For Teens 

Academy ESafety, Safeguarding and Acceptable Use Policies 

You can find a number of key policies on ESafety, safeguading and acceptable ICT use in the Academy Policies 

These include 

  • Safeguarding and child protection policy 
  • Acceptable Use Policy
  • Anti Bullying Policy 
  • E-Safety Policy 
  • Image Use Policy 
  • Social Media Policy 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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