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.
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
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
- Designated E-Safey Lead – Miss L Sims
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.
Other helpful websites regarding E-Safey are: