E-Safety

What is it?

E-Safety, sometimes referred to as 'Cyber Safety', is simply about staying safe online. Although the internet is a mostly wonderful resource for research and enjoyment, it also has inherent safety issues, of which students and parents/guardians need to be aware.

At Home

To stay safe on the internet at home, students should:

  • use websites recommended by teachers and use a student friendly search engine
  • consider who created a website and possible bias within information
  • only email people they know (consider setting up an address book)
  • exercise caution before opening an email sent by someone they don’t know
  • use Internet chat rooms, websites, instant messaging etc. with caution, know how to block and report unwanted users
  • not use their real name when using games or websites on the Internet (use a nickname!)
  • never give out any personal information about themselves, friends or family online including home address, phone or mobile number
  • never email your school name or a picture in school uniform (even to a friend)
  • never arrange to meet anyone alone, and always tell an adult first - meet in a public place
  • only use a webcam with people they know
  • tell an adult they trust immediately if they encounter anything they are unhappy with
  • report concerns to the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
  • avoid using websites they feel they could not tell parents/guardians about
  • be aware comments they make on Blogs and Wikis can be viewed by others

Parents

Use the 'At Home' rules:

  • Go through the rules with your children and pin them up near the computer.
  • It is also a good idea to regularly check the Internet sites they are visiting e.g. by clicking on History and Favourites.
  • Please reassure them that you want to keep them safe rather than take Internet access away from them.
  • Create a dialogue and relationship of mutual respect, as far as the Internet is concerned.
  • For further information go to: CEOP or Think U Know - Parents

Key Staff

  • Designated E-Safey Lead – Miss L Sims

At School

Acceptable Use Agreement / E-Safety Rules

  • I will only use ICT systems in the Academy, including the internet, email, digital video, mobile technologies, etc. for academy purposes.
  • I will not download or install software on Academy technologies.
  • I will only log on to the Academy network/Learning Platform with my own user name and password.
  • I will follow the Academy’s ICT security system, will not reveal my passwords to anyone and will change them regularly.
  • I will make sure that all ICT communications with students, teachers or others is responsible and sensible.
  • I will be responsible for my behaviour when using the Internet - this includes resources I access and the language I use.
  • I will not deliberately browse, download, upload or forward material that could be considered offensive or illegal. If I accidentally come across any such material I will report it immediately to my teacher.
  • I will not give out any personal information such as name, phone number or address. I will not arrange to meet someone unless this is part of an Academy project approved by my teacher.
  • Images of students and/ or staff will only be taken, stored and used for Academy purposes in line with Academy policy, and not be distributed outside the Academy network without the permission of the Principal.
  • I will respect the privacy and ownership of others’ work on-line at all times.
  • I will not attempt to bypass the internet filtering system.
  • I understand that all my use of the Internet and other related technologies can be monitored, logged and can be made available to my teachers.
  • I understand that these rules are designed to keep me safe, and that if they are not followed, Academy sanctions will be applied, my parent/carer or the Police may be contacted.

All students must complete and return an Acceptable Use / E-Safety Rules Form.

Helpful Websites

Other helpful websites regarding E-Safey are:

Think U Know

Digizen

NSPCC Online Safety 

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