E - Safety

With Technology becoming more part of our lives we need to make sure that we are safe with using the Internet and Social Media. Theres lots that can be harmful for you as parents and also your children. There are lots of ways to help you tackle this from help from websites to training. 
We had some training on E safety in Exeter in October 2014 which was delivered by Stephen Farmer who is the Assistant Head Teacher at St James School.  See below a copy of the presentation which has some realy usefull information in.
Role model & Family role modelling 
•How do children learn to behave?
–In younger years, mostly by copying the people close to them – their older brothers and sisters and parents and wider family. The way of smiling, walking, sitting and talking are all family gestures, and we catch ourselves often behaving or sounding just like our closest relatives. 
•It makes sense, then, that the way the family uses the Internet will have a profound influence in the way the young child learns to behave online.
–How available are pornographic images?
–What is the family attitude towards young children watching 18 certificate videos or computer games (we found 1 in 3 eight year olds boasting that they regularly played Grand theft Auto – an explicit 18+ rated game)?
–To what extent do parents and older siblings advertise the fact they make dates online to meet-up with people they don’t know for the first time.
–How long are family members spending online in video chat rooms, and what does the child hear and see?
Do you really know who you are talking to?
•How many friends do you have on Facebook/Instgram/Twitter/WhatsApp?
•How many are REAL friends?
•How many are friends of friends?
Watch this short 2 min clip on  things children do online - Social networking

“The internet has brought about significant changes in family behaviour, and allows for new enhanced communication methods, new games shared between parents and their children, and access to a wealth of education and fun. Role modelling of safe behaviours, acceptable language and mutual respect in the online world is just as important as in all the other experiences through which a child learns and develops.”

Are you concerned about what your child is doing on the internet and how to keep them safe? If so click on the links below which look at what it takes to be a better online parent. 
Get Safe Online
The Parents’ and carers’ guide to the Internet  25 mins
•By default, your status, photos, posts and bio can be viewed by everyone
•Your contact information defaults to "friends only."
•"Friends of friends" aren't in your control.
•You can't take it back once it's out there
•Allowing third party applications access to your information is your responsibility
•Occasionally, Facebook changes its privacy policy
For the latest on Facebook privicy security You can see our Facebook Page
Please check you are being safe and really know what you might be revealing to the public about yourself. 
Staying Safe
•Think about what you upload or send (sexting)
–Only upload/send images which you would be happy to show to your family, teachers and future employers
•Keep your PERSONAL information private
–Phone number, address, school, email, age
•Know ALL your online friends
–Don’t share with them unless you would be willing to sit down and have a cup of tea

Please also visit our Child Safety page (coming soon) for safety on your Children.