An E-safety evening took place for parents at St. Aidan’s on Tuesday 24th March.
The evening provided an opportunity for dialogue and information giving about a variety of internet safety areas. The evening schedule was as follows:
- Internet use in a school context and an introduction to PSHE content in Year 8 – Mr Alker (Head of Year 8)
- St Aidan’s ICT education program – Mr Watson (Head of ICT)
- North Yorkshire Police’s viewpoint – PC Stephenson
- Guarding students within a school context and specific social media discussions – Mrs Soper (Deputy Head)
- Opportunity for informal questions
Some key highlights from the evening are listed below:
- The majority of children are safe and happy using the internet, but it is easy for some to become immersed in the digital world – it is an integral part of their social life.
- Parents are advised to keep talking to their children about their internet use thereby empowering their decision making about what is right and wrong.
- There are many opportunities for cyber bullying on social media and children can feel very harmed by actions which can be viewed by many other people; some parents make the decision to follow or ‘friend’ their child in the early days of their use of social media.
- It is important that children should only befriend people they are confident they know because of grooming and exploitative issues.
- Parents should try and insist on device free time, especially meal and bedtimes.
- Digital footprints can be used to convict individuals.
- On-line activity – particularly over-use of Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook can affect self-esteem and potentially lead to psychological issues.
If anybody would like hand-outs which were distributed on the evening, copies are available from Main Reception.