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E-Safety

Safety in a Digital World

E-safety is sometimes a daunting word, and the digital world can seem like it’s full of dangers. We have systems and policies in place at school to help protect our children in the education environment. But what about when they’re not in school?

What can we do to protect our children?

Simply being aware of the dangers will make the most difference. Yes, the online world contains many hidden risks, but there are also dangers in the offline world and we don’t address those by severely limiting children’s freedom – we give our young people the necessary guidance and allow them room to explore.

That’s how we should approach online risks, too. The internet is full of fantastic opportunities for children to learn and grow and we’d hate for them to miss out.

Parental restrictions

Parental controls on smartphones and tablets can block access to websites containing adult content.

Mobile phone companies can filter content rated 18+ at the network level – check with your mobile provider whether this filter is on or off.

The UK’s main mobile providers (e.g. Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three) automatically block 18+ rated content through the Active Choice network-level filtering system.

But remember, these filters only work when the device is connected via the mobile network, not Wi-Fi.

Your mobile’s operating system may also include safety features and you can set restrictions on the App Store and Google Play. Click the links below to find out how to do it on your phone:

Android

For more information on how to keep your child safe whilst online please see: 

Childnet