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What is Online Safety?

E-Safety is mentioned in the press and talked about all the time, but what does this term actually mean and how can we make sure we use it properly?

At Ellesmere, E-Safety is a wide term that covers our behaviour on the internet. Good E-Safety practices mean that students and staff understand the dangers of giving out too much personal information, having conversations and sharing pictures and data with people they really don’t know. If poor decisions are made and E-Safety advice is ignored, we may put ourselves in dangerous situations. 

The internet is a great source of infromation and news and when used properly can help young people and adults learn, grow and keep in touch with each other. It is important to pay attention to the dangers of using the internet like you would leaving the house, driving a car or crossing the road and learn how to stay safe online. Unlike seeing someone face to face, on the net, people aren't always what they first seem and you or your young person may be at risk of illegal activity or abuse - be it bullying, fraud or something more serious. 

 

Devices young people might use: 

  • Tablet
  • Smartphone
  • Smartwatch
  • MP3 Player
  • Games Console

 

Keywords to be familiar with: 

  • Apps
  • Bluetooth
  • Chatroom
  • Creeping/Stalking
  • Cyberbullying
  • Flaming
  • Hacker
  • In App Purchases
  • Selfie
  • Sexting
  • Social Networking

 

Why do young people go online:

  • Online Gaming
  • Communicating
  • Video Sites/Streaming

 

Why is E Safety important?

  • to keep our (vulnerable) young people safe
  • to prevent bullying
  • to prevent exploitation
  • to prevent young people making poor decisions
  • pictures and comments can be found on online profiles and looked at by potential employers