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Perdiswell Primary School, Worcester

E-Safety Update

28th Feb 2019

From time to time children may come across content online which may be unsettling and upsetting. It's important that children are aware that they can come to you to talk about this content. Try not to make children think it's their fault for finding this content and reasure them. If the content is designed to scare children, let them know that it's not real and it can't do anything to hurt them or anyone they know.

Having regular chats with your child can also help them use the internet safely. Make sure that they know not to accept friend requests off people they don't know. If they receive messages off numbers they don't know, they should block the number and tell an adult. You can also remind them that they shouldn't give in to peer pressure if they are asked to take part in a viral challenge.

Finally, take advantage of the parental controls on websites, apps and devices to ensure children can only access age appropriate material.

It is really important to chat with your children on an ongoing basis about staying safe online.

Not sure where to begin? These conversation starter suggestions can help.

  1.  Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
  2.  Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
  3.  Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
  4.  Encourage them to help someone! Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
  5.  Think about how you each use the internet. What more could you do to use the internet together? Are there activities that you could enjoy as a family?