Information for talking to children about technology and e-safety:
Try to share your pupils’ enthusiasm and talk to them about what they are doing online. Find out what their favourite devices are and how they are using them.
E-Safety – Helping your child stay safe
You should never give out personal details to anyone online. Must use a nickname when logging on and don’t share full name, email address, mobile number, school name and any photos, including photos of family or friends – any picture or video online can be changed or shared without permission.
Talk to your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to. Get them to show you how to use things you are not familiar with. Keeping the computer in a family room means that you can share your child’s online experience, they are less likely to act inappropriately (i.e. via webcam) and their online ‘friends’ will see they are in a family room.
If your child receives a message that upsets them, remind them not to reply, they should save the message and show you or another trusted adult.
Spam and junk emails and texts are not true, don’t reply or send them to anyone else, just delete them.
Don’t open files sent from people you don’t know. They could contain a virus, or worse – an inappropriate image or film.
An online ‘friend’ is anyone you have not met in real life; no matter how long you have been friends with them.
Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that it’s better to keep online ‘mates’ online. They should never meet up with any online ’friends’ without an adult they trust.
Make sure your child feels able to talk to you, let them know that it’s never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable. Don’t blame your child, let then know you trust them.
For further information, please see our e-safety policy within the policy section of our website. Also, see below for additional resources to support your child when using the Internet:
- UK Safer Internet Centre
- Childnet (Information about helping children to stay safe online)
- CEOP Think You Know (Advice about keeping children safe online)
- CBBC Stay Safe