E-safety is often defined as the safe and responsible use of technology. This includes the use of the internet and also other means of communication using electronic media (e.g. text messages, online messaging, social media, gaming devices, e-mail etc.). In practice, e-safety is as much about behaviour and attitude as it is electronic security. Which highlights the need to educate children and young people about the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology.
- E-Safety concerns safeguarding children and young people in the digital world.
- E-Safety emphasises learning to understand and use new technologies in a responsible and positive way.
- E-Safety is less about restriction and more about education about the risks, as well as the benefits, so we can feel confident online.
- E-Safety is concerned with supporting children and young people to develop safer online behaviours, both in and out of school.
E-safety is constantly evolving. All teaching and non-teaching staff should be aware and able to recognise e-safety issues.
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Ofsted have updated and republished their guidance to inspectors on ‘Inspecting Safeguarding in early years, education and skills’.
These changes have been made to reflect the changes to the latest version of KCSIE for 2023