At The Observatory School we take eSafety extremely seriously. We believe that it is the right of every child to feel safe and secure when using technology. It is vital that parents and carers work with us to ensure children stay safe when using technology. When we talk about eSafety we are not only referring to the internet. We are also talking about the use of computers, games consoles, mobile phones, televisions and tablets.
The new Computing curriculum has put a large emphasis on eSafety and at school we work with the pupils to teach them how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. At school we have emphasised eSafety by taking part in activities to celebrate Safer Internet Day. This work is ongoing and will continue to be embedded through our Computing curriculum and as an integral part of our work on safeguarding.
Top Tips for being safe online
The following guidelines tell you how to stay safe online.
- Never post any personal information online, like your address, email address, or mobile number.
- Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you have put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and they may be able to download it. The images are not just yours anymore.
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
- Never give out your passwords for any accounts.
- Only befriend people you know or have met in real life.
- Never meet up with people you have not met online. Tell someone in your house if people suggest online that you meet up.
- Remember that not everyone online may be who they say they are.
- Think carefully about what you write before you post something online – would you say it to someone’s face?
- Respect other people’s views. Even if you do not agree with someone’s views always show respect.
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe, or worried, leave the website. Turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult about what you saw.