eSafety

eSafety

We have an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) in place that outlines to you and your children safe working practices for computers and the internet. If your child is upset by anything they have viewed on the Internet, or are the subject of bullying at school you should contact the school immediately to discuss the matter. The Academy will be holding further eSafety Information evenings for parents in 2015. If you have any questions or concerns about your child using the internet or other technology, please feel free to email mslatter@maltingsacademy.org who will be happy to advise wherever possible. Alternatively, students can ask an eCadet in the Academy, who have the facility to ask a professional if they're unsure of the answer.

eCadets

A new group of students called the eCadets was formed in January 2015, with the aim of helping everybody to learn about eSafety across the Academy. The eCadets complete challenges such as creating videos to highlight the risks of posting personal information online to running assemblies for other students. In the coming years, they'll also be recruiting some eParents and eGovernors to help them! Each year, more eCadets will be recruited to help their campaign. You can find out more about the eCadets scheme here.

What can you do to help?
  • Keep a watchful eye on your child's internet use including email and social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc).
  • Check the history folder of your internet browser to check what sites have been accessed.
  • Consider purchasing filter software or see if your ISP (BT, Sky, Talk Talk, etc) provide their own.
  • Protect your computer with firewall/antivirus software.
Helpful Links

Gives information about how to stay safe whilst using Google products, including enabling Safe Search on Google and Safety Mode on YouTube. Also includes information on how to report inappropriate content.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - www.thinkuknow.co.uk
An excellent site providing information on child abuse and other related issues. Parents and children are able to report attempts at grooming to the global taskforce.

Childnet International - www.childnet-int.org
A non profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”. The site contains excellent Internet safety information for parents and children and each year runs an 'Internet Safety Day'

Bullying Online http://www.bullying.co.uk/advice-for-parents/
Advice on what to do if you think your child is being bullied.

Facebook Family Safety Centre - en-gb.facebook.com/safety/
An official site from Facebook to help you and your children stay safe whilst using the social network.

A guide to common social media platforms

A page from Twitter's help centre to help you and your children stay safe whilst using the social network.

Student Guidance

1. Never post your personal information, such as a mobile phone number, home address, or the name of your school. 
2. Be aware that information you give out through social networking sites, instant messages, e-mails, and blogs could put you at risk of bullying or harassment
3. Never meet in person with anyone you first “met” online. Some people may not be who they say they are. 
4. Remember that posting information about your friends could put them at risk.
5. Never respond to harassing or rude texts, messages, and e-mails. Delete any unwanted messages or friends who continuously leave inappropriate comments. 
6. Never give out your password to anyone other than your parent or carer. 
7. If you would not say something to another person’s face, do not post it online!
8. Only add people as friends to your site if you know them in real life. 
9. Think before posting your photos. DO NOT post or send semi-nude or nude pictures of yourself or anyone else! Personal photos should not have revealing information such as school names or location. 
10. Use the privacy settings of the social networking sites. 

Further Useful Contacts:

NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children): nspcc.org.uk

ChildLine: childline.org.uk           Contact: 0800 1111


Finally, don’t let the above information put you off using the Internet, the benefits far outweigh the dangers. 
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