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E-Safety
We provide a programme of E-Safety education for all our pupils at Winsham Primary School and alongside specific lessons, we emphasise the importance of being safe while online and communicating using technology.
The internet is an amazing resource which enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a number of different ways, on a range of devices. However, the internet, as well as other communication technologies, are always changing so being able to keep up to date with your children’s use of technology can be a challenge. 
To keep a child safe online, three basic guidelines are:
  • Have knowledge of what your child is looking at and interacting with online.
  • Understand the basic security settings on your computer, tablet or mobile phone and how these should be set to keep your child safe.
  • Be able to discuss openly with each child what they have found out or are concerned about.
Here is some information to be mindful of when keeping you and your child safe while online and using the internet.
Personal Information
It is easy to feel anonymous online but it is important to be aware of who can see and access our information. When we use the internet we leave what is known as a ‘digital footprint’ behind which might include information that we don’t want anybody else to know about.
When using the internet, it’s important to keep personal information safe and not share it with strangers. Remember the saying “A picture paints a thousand words”; lots of information can be found in images as well as text so be careful when posting pictures, for example on a social media site. Content posted privately online could be publicly shared by others so make sure you are clear about what is being put on display.
Discuss with your child the importance of reporting inappropriate conversations, messages, images and behaviours.
Most sites have reporting procedures either as a separate button or under their Settings tab.
Online Content
Some online content is not suitable for children and may be hurtful or harmful. The content could be accessed and viewed via social networks, online games, blogs and websites. This is often why many reputable sites require a date of birth so they can apply basic filtering and censorship to their content so please do not ignore this if you have to sign up for something.
Games, just like films, often have age certificates because of the content. Unlike a film, games are interactive and so age restrictions are really significant to take notice of when purchasing or deciding what to play next.
It’s important for children to consider the reliability of online material and be aware that it might not be true or written with a bias. The lines between actual content and advertising are not always made clear online on purpose.
Friends
It is important for children to realise that new friends made online may not be who they say they are and that once a friend is added to an online account, you may be sharing your personal information with them. Regularly reviewing friend’s lists and removing unwanted contacts is a useful step. Privacy settings online may also allow you to customise the information that each friend is able to access.
If your child is being bullied online, save all available evidence and know where to report the incident, for example to the school, service provider, or the police if the law has been broken.
Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous so make sure if this happens that a trusted adult is present. Remember online friends are still really strangers even if there has been discussion with them for a long time. 
It is important to remember that the internet can be a really positive tool that makes our lives much easier. We can discover, connect and create more easily.
A lot of common sense in the “real world” can often be applied to the digital world. 
For more information and guidebooks on particular websites and Apps, please have a look at the following links
the following links.
Web links
·         Somerset E-Learning: Information for parents.
·         Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. Thinkuknow for Parents and Carers: All sorts of advice and guidance plus video clips and who to report unsuitable behaviour too.
·         Newsround: Advice and tips for staying safe online.
·         Vodaphone guide to Digital Parenting.
·         Google Safety Centre: Advice on staying safe online.
·         Connect Safely: Parent’s Guides.
·         KidSMART: Information for parents and games for children around e-safety.