Years 5 and 6 attended an E-safety event at Les Landes School. It was presented by Love Theatre, and helped our students understand how to stay safe online. The event was a huge success, and we’d like to thank everyone involved for making it possible.
E-Safety, or staying safe online, is something that we are all responsible for. If you are concerned about E-safety or would like to know more, visit the CEOPs website here. CEOPs specialises in helping people stay safe on line. Their E-Safety website has a wealth of information about how parents and carers can help educate children of all ages.
E-safety for everyone: CEOPs
Visit the CEOPs page aimed at 5-7 year olds here.
The CEOPs page for 8-10 year olds is here.
Or alternatively, find the parent’s page here. This contains advice on internet safety.
E-Safety and Social Media Advice
The CEOPs website advises the following about sharing images of your child on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter:
When did you last check your privacy settings? On most social networks the default is that any other service user can access your pictures, which may also appear in internet search results. Remember that anyone who can see a photo can also download or screenshot it, and could go on to share it.
What else are you sharing?
You might be sharing more than what’s in the post. As default, many cameras, phones and apps tag posts and photos with ‘meta-data’ which can include location details and other identifying information. This is potentially risky for any child, but poses particular risks for vulnerable children such as those who have been fostered or adopted and could be sought online by members of their birth family.
Under the terms and conditions of most social networks, when you share a photo you licence the network to use and reproduce your image, and grant it the right to licence it for use by third parties. It could be used for commercial purposes, a point deliberately highlighted by the Danish company Koppie Koppie, which sold mugs featuring freely downloaded pictures of young children. Another online activity which has distressed parents and carers is the ‘Baby Role Play’game played by some Instagram users, who repost photographs of other people’s children and create fictional identities based on them.
Their digital tattoo
Every publically accessible image or comment featuring your child contributes to a public image which will follow them into the future. That apocalyptic nappy incident might make for a hilarious tweet now, but if it comes to light when they’re older, how could it affect the way they feel about themselves, or you, or how others see them? Could their online childhood become an issue if they are seeking a job, or a relationship, or even election to public office?