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All you need to know about e-Safety

e-Safety
Mark Kingham Mark Kingham

With children as young as three using computers today, it is vitally important that e-Safety is implemented as early as possible. So, what exactly is e-Safety and why is it so important?

 e-Safety is about helping children identify the potential dangers of the Internet without deterring them from using it to its best advantage. With the correct e-Safety tools at their fingertips, children will be empowered to identify any unethical behaviour and reduce the likelihood of becoming victims of cyber abuse or bullying.

Enforcing e-Safety among children and encouraging positive habits while interacting online

 Here are a few guidelines parents and teachers could follow to instil e-Safety habits in children. It goes without saying that every situation is unique and therefore you need to decide what is best for you and your child, based on your circumstances.

  • Supervision

It is recommended that children under the age of 12 should be supervised at all times whilst using the Internet. This is the best way to ensure they develop a healthy attitude to using technology in a responsible manner.

  • Setting ground rules

These should be followed every time they are online. These ground rules could include:

  • Never post private information (name, address or telephone number) on any public platform.
  • Never send photos of themselves to anyone they don’t know, and in general, avoid posting photos online until they are old enough.
  • Never give out passwords to anyone, even trusted friends.
  • Never interact with strangers online, let parents/teachers know if they suspect anything is amiss.
  • Always ask permission before installing or downloading anything on the computer to prevent malware that could cause the system to crash or compromise the security of your data.
  • Ensure that your child views what is appropriate for their age

Setting parental filters is the best way to make sure that your children only get access to content that is suitable for their age. These filters block offensive sites and prevent your child from accidentally stumbling upon inappropriate sites. Please click here to find out more about how to protect your child with parental controls.

  • Communicate with your child

Have ongoing discussions with your child about the consequences of irresponsible online behaviour and how it can affect their life. Help them to understand that there is often a thin line between what’s acceptable and what is not and that they need to remain vigilant at all times, to ensure that they are not crossing that line.

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The key benefits of e-Safety monitoring for your school

Monitoring
Greg Johnson Greg Johnson

The Internet has emerged as a critical educational tool and is an immensely valuable source of knowledge. It has widened the horizon of learning by providing easy access to information. However, this value also brings risks, especially for children. Monitoring software is a very effective way to ensure a positive and safe online experience for young people.

Here are some of the advantages of e-Safety monitoring for schools:

Prevents access to harmful content:

Internet based research is an integral part of learning these days. Students browse the Internet for projects and assignments. e-Safety monitoring ensures that children are not drawn into websites containing inappropriate content. By helping teachers understand what children are doing online, it empowers staff to take appropriate sanctions against technology misuse.

Helps adopt remedial measures:

e-Safety monitoring helps teachers to guide students whenever required. Monitoring provides not only a method of preventing children from gaining access to harmful material, but also provides the opportunity to educate them about the safe and appropriate use of technology.

Helps parents feel secure:

e-Safety helps to reassure parents that their child is free from online risks at school. It is important for schools to implement effective measures, so that students reap the positive benefits of technology.

Enhances students’ understanding of safe content:

Over a period of time, young people are able to recognise and understand appropriate content and good online behaviour. They will begin to develop their own perception of unsuitable content, even when browsing from home. e-Safety is not just about implementing control measures – it is about empowering the child from an early age with their own tools for web safety.

Legal necessity:

The revised Keeping Children Safe In Education document, that came into effect in September 2016, specifies that schools need to have “appropriate filtering and monitoring in place.” The framework aims to safeguard students by reducing risk. Monitoring software also helps schools avoid any potential legal liabilities.

Adopting effective e-Safety solutions helps give children a beneficial online experience. To find out more about e-Safety solutions, follow Securus on Twitter and connect with us on LinkedIn.

Unlocking some interesting myths about e-Safety

Interesting myths
Greg Johnson Greg Johnson

It can be difficult to verify stories that circulate regarding the safety of children online.

EU Kids Online surveyed 25,000 children and their parents across Europe. Their research revealed some interesting myths associated with potential risks facing children online.

Professor Sonia Livingstone, who headed the project said: “Often people don’t appreciate that the digital world brings both risks and opportunities for young people, or that risk isn’t automatically a bad thing as it may give children a chance to learn how to cope and become resilient. It’s only by understanding and balancing these things that we’ll be able to give children the practical help they need to get the best from the Internet.”

She also added: “The work our team of researchers has done offers governments, parents and teachers the most comprehensive insight yet into how to help.”

Here are some interesting myths about e-Safety

Digital natives know it all

Only 36 percent of 9-16-year-olds agreed that they know more about the Internet than their parents.

Everyone creates their own content

The above study revealed that only one in five children have recently used a file-sharing site, whereas only half that number have started a blog. This means most children use the Internet for ready-made content.

Children under the age of 13 cannot use social networking sites

Even though many social networking sites have set up age limits for signing up, the research shows that age limits don’t work – 38 percent of 9-12-year-olds have an online profile.

Online Pornography is popular among young people

This myth is partly created by media hype says the study, as only one in seven children viewed sexual images online.

Bullies are villains

Interestingly, the study showed that 60 percent who bully (online or offline) have been bullied in the past. Bullies and victims are often the same people.

People you meet on the Internet are strangers

Children are familiar with most of their online contacts. Only nine percent met new online contacts offline. The majority didn’t go alone and just one percent had a bad experience.

Offline risks migrate online

Only children who lead risky offline lives are more likely to expose themselves to danger online. Similarly, it can’t be assumed that those who are low-risk offline are safe online either.

Placing the computer in the living room will help to keep children safe

This advice is out of date, as children can easily go online at a friend’s house or on a smartphone. It is advisable for parents to talk to their children about their Internet habits.

Children can get around safety software

Surprisingly, one in three 11-16-year-olds say they can change filter preferences. Most of them also said that the actions their parents take to limit their Internet activity are helpful.

In the words of Stephen Hawking: “We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.”

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