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Why do we need to be concerned about e-safety?

In today's society children, young people and adults interact with technologies such as mobile phones, games consoles and the internet on a daily basis, experiencing a wide range of opportunities, attitudes and situations. The exchange of ideas, social interaction and learning opportunities involved are greatly beneficial to all, but can occasionally place children, young people and adults in danger.

 

Therefore it is necessary to have an e-safety policy with clear guidelines, procedures, systems and protocols.

 

What is e-safety?

E-safety covers issues relating to children and young peple aswell as adults and their safe use of the internet, mobile phones and other electronic communications both in and outside of school. It includes education for all members of the school community on risk and responsibilities and is part of the duty of care which applies to everyone working with children.

 

As a school we are aware that children and staff cannot be completely prevented from being exposed to risks both on and offline. Children should be empowered and educated so that they are equipped with the skills to make safe and responsible decisions as well as to feel able to report any concerns. Everyone in our community needs to be aware of the importance of good e-safety practice everywhere.

 

E-safety is a whole school and community issue.

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