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E-safety - Parents and Community Portal

Welcome to the St Peters RC High School Parents and community E-safety webpage. The aim of the webpage is to introduce E-safety, its importance and the different ways in which the risks associated with Electronic Information/ Communication can be managed. 

E-safety stands for Electronic Safety and covers a wide range of issues from Copyright to Grooming. At St Peters, we believe in the importance of being safe, this belief extends to also ensuring that our students are aware of all aspects of electronic communication and information so that they can enjoy the benefits which technology brings. l Parents and Community E-safety webpage. The aim of the webpage is to introduce E-safety, its importance and the different ways in which the risks associated with Electronic Information/ Communication can be managed.

 

Though E-safety is an important aspect of a student’s development, it is also essential that everyone in our community is aware of not only the benefits that modern technology can bring but also the risks.

A report called “The Byron Review Action Plan” published by the government in 2008 suggested that parents wanted to know more about keeping their children safe online but also were unaware where to go to get this information. For this reason, this page was created to provide a source of information which could be used to help develop a better understanding of E-safety.

Children’s attitudes towards technology is constantly changing with age. In another report by Byron called “Safer Children in a Digital World” 2008. It is not until the early teens that children start to explore the internet in greater confidence to seek new ways to communicate but also to gain additional Knowledge, it is at this time in their lives where parents/ carers are starting to show a growing concern of their safety on line.

Age of Childrena and their Internet use

In the same report E-safety is broken down into three main categories in which children can play different roles. In terms of Content, it is about what the child sees whilst online which may have a negative impact on a child.  This can be wide ranging from seeing Adverts, selling products which have been customised based on previous search history, to seeing misleading information about a particular topic. The second category is Contact, where a person/organisation may take advantage of a child. The final category is Conduct, the child is actively behaving in a manner which could have negative consequences on others or themselves.

The table below provides an overview of the categories and the associated risks. Byron in her report points out there are overlaps between the three categories and sometimes these boundaries can become blurred.  

 

 

Commercial

Aggressive

Sexual

Values

Content

(Child as recipient)

Adverts,
Spam,
Sponsorship,
Personal info
Violent/hateful content Pornographic or unwelcome sexual content

Bias,
Racist,
Misleading info or advice

Contact

(Child as participant)

Tracking,
Harvesting
personal info

Being bullied, harassed or stalked Meeting strangers, Being groomed Self- harm,
Unwelcome persuasions

Conduct

(Child as actor)

Illegal downloading,
Hacking,
Gambling,
Financial scams,
Terrorism

Bullying or Harassing another Creating and uploading inappropriate material Providing misleading info/ advice

 

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