E-Safety Information and Advice
The internet is a integral part of lives and an important and useful resource for all of us. With the development of new technology its availability and easy access has become a normal part of the lives of children and young adults. It is vital that we do all that we can to ensure the safe use of the internet and all work together on the issue of e-safety.
The following facts might surprise you...
- 94% of teenagers are on Facebook but Twitter and Instagram now have a faster growth rate in terms of teenage usage
- 70% of teenagers use a smartphone
- 38% of young people have been affected by bullying online
- 25% of a teenagers ‘friends’ online are people that they have only met online
E-safety in school
As part of our computing lessons all students spend their first few weeks investigating e-safety and all aspects of staying safe online. They are encouraged to report any negative issues they may encounter online to a trusted adult which includes all school staff. Our school police community support officers provide a ‘safety’ assembly which includes a focus on e-safety, cyber bullying and the possible consequences of inappropriate internet use. Students are informed how to report cyber bullying and e-safety posters are displayed in prominent positions around school.
The use of social networking sites such as Instagram and Snapchat are becoming increasingly popular. This is despite the fact that you have to be 13 years old in order to have a profile. There is a wealth of advice online about social networking sites. Please click on the links below for further support:
- Facebook checklist (PDF)
- Facebook Guide for Parents [PDF]
- Video chats and webcams [PDF]
- Website promoting safety on most used sites (Facebook, Skype, Twitter, Youtube, Xbox 360): http://www.childnet.com/young-people/secondary/need-help
In the News
- What 'Apps' does your child use? Latest article highlights the danger of an app called 'Oovoo' which young people sometimes download. For further details, please follow this link: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/oovoo-parents-claim-paedophiles-using-5261559
- Cyberbully: A chilling real-time thriller starring Maisie Williams - from Game of Thrones - as a teenager battling with an anonymous cyber-stalker. The plot of Cyberbully is inspired by dozens of real-life cases.
- NSPCC Share Aware Campaign Launch
- BBC News - Breck Bednar murder: Lewis Daynes sentenced to life in prison: A computer engineer is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a 14-year-old boy he met through online gaming.
Top tips for students
- Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
- Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
- Never give out your passwords
- Don’t befriend people you don’t know
- Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
- Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
- Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
- Respect other peoples' views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views does not mean you need to be rude
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
Top Tips for Parents
- Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest.
- Encourage your child to go online and explore sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online.
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online.
- Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space.
- Know what connects to the internet and how. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console.
- Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.
If you are concerned about anything online please use the following helplines:
Childline 0800 1111
If you are worried about a child and need some advice call 0808 800 5000
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