We all know that there are threats facing children online and whether you’re a parent, carer, teacher or local authority worker you want to make sure they’re as safe as possible.
We’ve said this before and it’s likely that as a parent, teacher or anyone working with children regularly you are fully aware of the fact that kids are spending more time online for both education and leisure purposes.
There are a number of threats online that children may encounter and while there are various parental controls and other technology solutions out there, children who are tech-savvy often find ways to get around the protection you put in place if it gets them what they want in a faster way.
The e-safety policy in your school is a crucial part of your overall child protection policy. It needs to clearly set out how children will be safeguarded from online threats when using digital devices in a school environment, how incidents are reported and how they are ultimately handled to improve the protection you can offer pupils in the future.
While trying to keep your children safe online there are some seemingly simple steps you can implement – one of these being turning on Google Safe Search. Google Safe Search is a great tool that helps to filter out inappropriate content like pornography when children are looking at search results or images.
We were all taught from a young age about stranger danger in real life – e.g. don’t accept sweets from strangers, scream if someone you don’t know tries to grab you, etc.
Knowing who your child is talking to online can be difficult, especially when you don’t want to invade their privacy. However, with growing numbers of predators using social media and online gaming to meet children, it’s naturally a concern for many parents, carers and teachers that children in their care are at risk of being groomed.