This page has been created to support parents better understand E-Safety, and to provide advice and guidance on various technologies that young people may have access to.
What is E-Safety
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 (eg text messages, gaming devices, email etc).
In practice, e-safety is as much about behaviour as it is electronic security. E-safety in this context is classified into three areas of risk:
- Content: being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material
- Contact: being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users
- Conduct: personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm.
Why is E-Safety important?
The internet is now an integral part of all our lives. In the UK, 90% of the population report to use the internet more than once a day. Online safety or e-safety as it is also known, is important in making sure all users, both adults and children feel safe, secure and confident when engaging with and accessing online content.
Where can I get help
If you have concerns or questions regarding E-Safety, there are a large number of resources available to you.
Four of the leading sites are: