eSafety Awareness

The internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. Electronic communication helps teachers and students learn from each other. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and increase awareness of context to promote effective learning. Students with internet access are more confident and have been shown to produce better-researched, more effective and well presented projects. Used effectively these exciting and innovative tools have been shown to raise educational standards and promote student achievement.

However, the use of these new technologies can put young people at risk within and outside the school. As with all other risks, it is impossible to eliminate those risks completely. It is therefore essential, through good educational provision to build students' resilience to the risks to which they may be exposed, so that they have the confidence and skills to face and deal with these risks. At Kings we provided the necessary safeguards to help ensure that everything that could reasonably be expected of us to manage and reduce these risks is being done.

The following links are an invaluable source of advice and guidance for parents, carers and students. Although much of the information, advice and guidance is similar on each site, the presentations are different.

We would encourage you to investigate each of the sites with your child and follow the links for both parents and young people.

  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. They are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces. (PDF document) Download - How Safe Are You Online

  • Childnet - Childnet International's mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.

  • The following are advice and guidance posters for parents, published by the National Online Safety organisation who work in the field of online and e-safety. They are designed to be an overview, for parents, of particular apps that young people can have access to, and give guidance on what the apps do, who they are for (age ranges etc), and how concerns or problems can be reported.

    Online Safety Tips for Children (PDF document) Download - Online Safety Tips for Children

    Tik Tok (PDF document) Download - Tik Tok Information

    Hoop (PDF document) Download - Hoop Information

Emojis are becoming an increasingly common method of communication for everybody. Emojis are simple to understand, quick to type and can get the tone of the message across. Just as understanding the language that young people use can be important for safeguarding them, we think it is also useful to understand how emojis can be used. If we have a better understanding of their meaning, we can foster better connections with children and young people, and identify any potential risks.

A leaflet from The Children's Society: (PDF document) Emoji Dictionary to understand how some emojis may be being used

This slang dictionary seeks to support parents, carers and professionals to better understand the language young people may be using and support them to safeguard young people.

A booklet from The Children's Society: (PDF document) Slang Dictionary to understand how some slang words may be being used