ACE is a scheme for children using a learning platform to show that they are adopting safe behaviours and deserve to be awarded the Accredited Competence in E-Safety. Children demonstrate that they are becoming digitally mature by completing a series of tasks. The tasks are organised into three levels:
Children at Great Paxton CE School use the Internet on a regular basis as part of their learning. In school, we have regular 'e-safety' activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. Children are also working towards the A.C.E scheme in school (Accredited Competence in E-Safety).
- Bronze: showing awareness of how technology keeps you safe
- Silver: developing independence and managing a greater range of online activities
- Gold: presenting an online identity and managing risk effectively anytime, anywhere.
At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.
Here are some tips and useful links to help you to keep your children safe online:
Use Starz+- All of our children are given free access to Starz+ from home and their login details are kept in a secure place (please ask your child). This is a safe learning platform and 'social networking' site for children, where the pupils can write their own blogs, play games, and send emails to each other. The site is mediated and there is a whistle-blowing function to raise the teacher’s notice to any potential unacceptable behaviour online. It is a safe environment for the children to access online.
- Explore e-safety sites – sites such as http://www.childnet.com/resources/esafety-and-computing/ks2
are great fun to explore, so why not browse through them with your child/ren?
- Facebook / Instagram / Snapchat- Many of these sites have a minimum age limit of 13, so our children should ideally NOT be using them. They do not offer the same levels of protection as Starz +, allowing children to communicate with anyone potentially.
- Keep your computer in a shared area- Talk to your child about what they are doing online and, if possible, make sure your children use a computer/tablet/phone in a shared area at home so that you keep on eye on what sites they are frequenting.
Download an eSafety Posters:
- Why not put one up next to the computer at home and talk about it with your children?
Some links to more information:
- Think U Know- containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5 to 16, along with parents and teachers, this site is produced by CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre).
- Vodafone Parents- Vodafone have lots of fantastic practical advice for parents.
- Internet Safety Zone- Look in the 'Under 13s' section for useful safety advice and information.
- Kidsmart- An award-winning internet safety programme for children.
- Know IT All- lots of useful advice for keeping yourselves and your children safe on the Internet.
- Bullying UK- Information and advice about bullying for children, parents and schools.
- Kidscape- An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.
- Childline- ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK.
- CEOP – this is an example of the reports that CEOP produces. You can look up popular websites/apps and see what this organisation recommends.