E-Safety is a key part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is taught throughout school here at Yarm Primary. We also encourage parents to improve their own understanding of E-Safety issues so that families can use the Internet in a safe and secure way.
The Internet offers incredible opportunities for children to learn, play, socialise and express themselves. However, parents may be daunted by the technology their children use every day and may worry about the risks children face online such as cyberbullying, being contacted by strangers or seeing illegal or inappropriate content.
To support parents with the ever-changing world of the Internet, please find below some useful parent guides to popular social media apps, games and websites as well as top tips for a range of computing devices. We have also included a Family Agreement template.
Parent Guides and Top Tips
If you would like hard copies of documents/policies that are posted on the website, please do not hesitate to contact the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have also suggested some useful and informative websites which contain a wealth of information on how to keep your child safe when online. Please find these below.
Childnet is a great website for parents and children on online safety. You can find the site here.
Think U Know has a great section for parents and covers topics such as gaming and talking to strangers. You can also search by topic or age range to find information that is relevant for your family. You can find the site here.
Internet Matters is another excellent site to use - it has advice on cyberbullying, how to talk to your children about Internet safety and quick guides to different types of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat. You can visit their pages here.
ParentZone has advice on everything from keeping children safe from online trolls to WhatsApp - a guide for parents. You can find the site here.
Here are quick links to a range of other E-Safety sites that you may find useful too.
As part of our whole-school Computing curriculum, children throughout school regularly participate in E-Safety sessions. Topics covered include learning how to use the Internet safely, protecting our privacy and knowing what/what not to share, cyberbullying, and being aware of scams and fake news on social media.
At the start of each school year, in Circle Time, classes also take the time to discuss how we can stay safe online and the dangers we may face. We refer to the SMART Rules in these sessions and these are clearly displayed in classrooms. Please click here to see these.
Every year, we also support Safer Internet Day with a whole-school assembly and all classes complete a range of activities to raise awareness of E-Safety. Please click here to read all about Safer Internet Day 2020 at Yarm Primary School.
Our E-Safety Policy which also covers acceptable use of the Internet by children and staff is available here.