What is Online Safety
In simple terms, online safety refers to the act of staying safe online. It is also commonly known as internet safety, e-safety and cyber safety. It encompasses all technological devices which have access to the internet from PCs and laptops to smartphones and tablets.
Being safe online means individuals are protecting themselves and others from online harms and risks which may jeopardise their personal information, lead to unsafe communications or even effect their mental health and wellbeing.
Operating within an online space is something most of us simply do subconsciously, but have you ever stopped to consider the potential dangers which exist on the web, especially for our children?
The recent Ofcom ‘Children and Parents: media use and attitudes report 2019’ found that children are more engaged online than they’ve ever been. Ownership of smart devices is increasing and the range of content they are viewing is expanding.
In an ever-changing world, ensuring pupils’ safety online has never been more important. It’s an all-encompassing duty and something everyone with responsibility for children and young people must be vigilant of.
The Online Safety Lead at Foreland Fields School is Adrian Mount