As we settle into the routine of a new year back at school, it is important to reacquaint ourselves with good internet practise. In school we use our E-safety mascot Ernie to help us remember some important online safety rules.
- E-safety first – keeping ourselves, our friends, our siblings and children safe online has to be at the forefront of our minds.
- Remember to be nice – the famous quote “be the change you want to see” is very applicable here. People learn by imitation and if we remember to be nice, we will have a positive impact.
- Never share personal information – we work a lot with the children to reinforce this idea. Names, addresses, school, phone numbers or any identifiable pieces of information should be kept private. This also applies to social media, especially when sharing photos.
- Inform an adult – for the children if anything happens that makes them unsure or uncomfortable, they should always tell an adult. For the adults, you should ensure that the children know it is ok to approach you regardless of what has happened.
- Everyone can be blocked – find out how to block and report people on whatever sites and games you are using and understand that you don’t have to put up with any negative comments.
Throughout the year we will be having regular e-safety lessons to make sure the profile of e-safety is maintained at a high standard throughout Ashleigh.