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Seaview Primary School and Nursery Unit, Belfast

E-Safety

E-Safety is of vital importance in this technological age.  Not only are children using ICT in school, but also in their homes.  It is our job as parents / carers and educators to ensure that children know how to use the internet both successfully and safely. 

There is a world of quality educational resources available on-line and when used properly, these can effectively aid the learning of the children who use them. 

At Seaview, ICT is important at all ages. The significance of E-Safety is reinforced throughout the school, as you can read from the extract below:

"In the Levels of Progression for Using ICT, E-Safety is not presented as a separate assessment criterion.  Rather it is intended that it should be integrated across the curriculum at a level appropriate to the pupil.   Consequently, the Levels of Progression include the following explicit statement:

 

Pupils should demonstrate, when and where appropriate, knowledge and understanding of e-safety including acceptable online behaviour.

 

Netiquette is a term that is used to describe acceptable and appropriate online behaviour. Some characteristics of this behaviour include:

 

  • being courteous;
  • being diplomatic;
  • showing sensitivity to others (including cultural awareness);
  • using acceptable and appropriate language;
  • using acceptable and appropriate content; and
  • publishing acceptable and appropriate content."

 

Taken from the Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) Website: www.ccea.org.uk/primary_ict_accreditation/

 

A media-rich learning experience is something which has numerous benefits and cannot be undervalued.   Use this page and the links at the bottom to help ensure that these learning experiences foster a love for learning and a knowledge of how to stay safe online.  Here are some safety tips to get you started...

When you’re online, always keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do.

 

Remember that people online may not be who they say they are. Online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.

 

Don’t share personal information online. This includes:

  • your full name
  • photos
  • addresses
  • school information
  • telephone numbers
  • places you like to spend time

 

Make sure you have set your privacy settings to restrict access to personal information.

 

When you use chat rooms or instant messenger, use a nickname instead of your real name.

 

To stop people accessing your online accounts, always keep your passwords secret and change them regularly.

Think about blocking people who send you nasty messages and don’t open unknown links and attachments.

 

Always delete emails from people you don’t know, and don’t open attachments from people you don’t know. They might be nasty or contain a virus that can stop your computer working.

 

If someone is mean or sends nasty messages online, block them.

If you see anything that upsets you online or if someone asks to meet you, flag it up with someone you trust.

 

If you are worried or unhappy about anything you see online, tell a parent or an adult you trust and they can help you. If you want to talk to someone else, you can call Childline on 0800 1111.

 

If a friend you have made online asks to meet you in the offline world, talk to your parents or a trusted adult about it. You should never meet up with someone you have met online without an adult going with you because it is dangerous.

 

If someone you know is being nasty to someone online, speak to a parent or trusted adult about it.