e-safety @ Pott Shrigley Church School

The use of the internet, social media and online gaming is growing rapidly, presenting us all with both opportunities and risks. If you want to stay safe online it is important to understand the risks and learn how to avoid them. 

The internet is now such a large part of children's lives; it opens up many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to a world of information and experiences. Whether on a computer at school or home, a games console, tablet or mobile phone, children are increasingly accessing the internet. The internet can expose children to things that they may not be ready for, such as violent content, extreme ideas and adult content either by accident or through an intentional search. As children start to communicate with others through gaming or social networks there is the temptation to overshare information which could lead to incidences of cyberbullying or put them at risk of being approached by those that may wish them harm.  We recognise the importance of equipping children with the knowledge and skills that they need to be safe and confident when using the internet.

Top Tips:

1.Talk to your child about what they’re doing online.
2.Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. 
3.Keep up-to-date with your child’s activities online.
4.Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world.
5.Keep equipment that connects to the internet in a family space and remove from the bedroom at night time
6. Be aware of and discuss PEGI ratings for games/apps http://www.askaboutgames.com/pegi-rating/
7.Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.


The following links provide information about how to use the Internet safely:

Parenting in a digital age - Internet4Schools - a useful resource from our internet provider

Child-Net – Lots of different online safety topics.

NSPCC – Child protection with some very useful advice on online safety.

Safer Internet Centre – Great guides for parents and carers. Covers different sorts of devices and online issues and also provides help with reporting harmful content. Hosts the revenge porn hotline for adults.

Internet Matters – Has advice by age, and help on changing settings.

CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection

Thinkuknow - excellent website for everything parents need to know about keeping children safe online.

CBBC Stay Safe - A fun site for children to test their e-safety knowledge.     

AskAboutGames - PEGI ratings and guidance about video games

National Online Safety - Guides to different apps, games and websites    

Cyber Choices - National Crime Agency - a programme to rasie awareness and provide information on cyber crime.

We would love to hear from you
Pott Shrigley Church School
Shrigley Road, Pott Shrigley, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 5RT

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