E-Safety at DGGS
Using technology and specifically the internet is embedded within the social, educational and future life of every young person.
It is essential for parents/carers and schools to work in partnership to assist young people in developing the knowledge and skills to stay safe. The breadth of issues is considerable and ever evolving.
Young people need to understand and recognise the risks when using the internet; they need to know how to report concerns safely and efficiently.
There are four main areas of risk:
- Exposure to harmful online content, both illegal and inappropriate e.g. pornography, fake news, racism, suicide etc.
- Exposure to harmful online interaction e.g. grooming, exploitation etc.
- Exposure to the sending and receiving of explicit images etc.
- Exposure to online gambling, inappropriate advertising and scams etc.
Parents/carers need to ensure:
- They have parental controls in place on all devices.
- They are aware of the age limits associated with social media sites – these are there to protect young people.
- They have their daughter/son working in an open area so that internet activity can be monitored and parents can guide them to understand the safe and appropriate use.
- They educate their daughter/son about considering the inappropriateness of information shared online – once it is posted it is very difficult to retrieve or efficiently delete.
- Their daughter/son recognises inappropriate or abusive activity and take action to reduce the impact.
It is helpful for parents to research online safety together with their daughter/son.
You may find the following websites useful.
www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre (specifically for reporting inappropriate online activity/abuse)
If you think a child is in immediate danger, please call the police on 999 straight away