This page is for parents to use as a reference point for e-Safety resources. It has links to other resources and practical advice. It is an area that is being developed, resources and further information will be added throughout the year. If you have any comments or would like to contribute please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is e-Safety?
e-Safety stands for electronic safety, it is not just about keeping safe on the internet but also keeping safe on all electronic devices such as mobile phones, television etc e-Safety means knowing about potential threats when you are online; knowing what you can and cannot (legally) do when you are online; and knowing how to protect yourself from some of the risks that are involved in using the internet. e-Safety covers 'All fixed and mobile technologies that children and young people may encounter, now and in the future, which allow them access to content and communications that could raise issues or pose risks to their wellbeing and safety'.
Use the links under FEATURED CONTENT to the right of the page to visit the websites listed below
General Guides to e-Safety
This is a site where parents rate social media apps and sites based on the features and their appropriateness. It describes the potential dangers and even tells at what age children should be allowed to have access to sites and apps.
An Australian website with good advice about staying safe online
Parenting in the Digital Age
Parenting in the Digital Age doesn’t need to be overwhelming. In fact, it isn’t so different to parenting in the offline world. Especially if you use the WWW approach and make sure you know:
- WHO your child is talking to online,
- WHAT they’re doing online, and
- WHERE they’re going online
ThinkUKnow for Parents and Carers
An excellent website for parents and pupils alike. Great advice on many issues such as Social Networking, Chat, Mobiles and Cyberbullying. Very good section on reporting or what to do if you or your child is worried.
Know It All for Parents (Childnet)
Another excellent site with really good advice for Parents, in many different languages. It has a video presentation which you view online or order, a glossary of internet jargon and much more.
Cyberbullying is when a person or a group of people uses the internet, mobile phones, online games or any other kind of digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else.
A website which discusses the issues around cyberbullying and offers advice on prevention and how to tackle it.
Good links to online resources and practical information.
Guides to Facebook
SOPHOS Guide to Facebook Settings
"Unlike some other social networking sites, Facebook has provided some powerful options to protect you online - but it's up to you to use them!" - Sophos.
A good site with excellent information on how to set up privacy settings and not share too much information when using Facebook. It also shows you where to change the settings, something that is not that obvious.
Facebook Explanation to Privacy Settings
"Facebook is about sharing. Our privacy controls give you the power to decide what and how much you share. Learn how to manage who can see your information on and off Facebook" - Facebook. An explanation by Facebook on its settings and what they refer to and how they can be customised.
An interesting website with a good advice section for parents on a whole range of things, not just e-Safety. The section on Facebook has some very good practical advice.
Guides to Twitter
Twitter is being used increasingly by young people to communicate to each other and as a replacement to Facebook. To the right of the page there are a number of links to informative websites which introduce parents to Twitter and explain how it can be made safe for pupils use.
Other Websites Offering Advice
Free Anti-Virus Software
A link to the AVG website that allows a free download of its anti-virus software. A good program with regular (daily) updates for free or the option to pay for upgraded protection.
Online SMS Dictionary
"The all-in-one resource for all your sms, txt and email acronyms"