E-safety is an increasing issue for children, and staying safe online is an important message we build into our lessons at every opportunity. In school, children follow a code of conduct for IT based on the simple principle that whatever is not OK in real life is also not OK online. This includes sharing private or confidential information about yourself, behaving in an impolite manner, or coming across anything which makes you feel uncomfortable. We talk to children about the dangers of the internet and how to use it in a safe and responsible manner. From a young age we teach the importance of password protection and polite online behaviours, which prepare them to make sensible decisions about their computer use in the future.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) help children to stay safe online. People who work for CEOP include police officers, teachers and social workers. They also provide the means for children and young people to report anyone who has behaved inappropriately online to them or someone they know. This could be for example sexual chat, trying to meet up with them or being asked to do something that makes them feel uncomfortable.