Please click the link to download a PowerPoint presentation from our recent E-Safety Information Evening for Parents:
The internet is an integral part of children’s lives these days. It opens up so many educational and social opportunities, giving them access to a world of information and experiences.
As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. Like learning to cross the road, online safety skills are skills for life. If your child understands the risks and can make sensible and informed choices online, they can get the most from the internet and stay safe whilst doing so – particularly from those people who might seek them out to harm them. The internet hosts many exciting opportunities for education and the on-line world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity, but just like the real world there are risks and dangers they should be aware of and which we should all act to protect them from. As a school we encourage the use of technology as an important part of our students’ development but always want them to spend their time on-line safely.
There is a button on the main page of this website – Report Abuse – which allows students or parents to report issues that are troubling them – you can simply click on the button. Anything you write will be sent anonymously via a form to a member of the Academy staff who has been specifically trained in E-safety and who is able to deal with the concern.
Please note that messages will not be anonymous if you provide your details on the form. It would really help us if we knew how to get in touch with you, but this is entirely up to you.
However if you have a very serious issue you may wish to report it to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. You will find the button on the main page of this website.
To help them stay safe, it’s important that you understand how your son/daughter uses the internet.
The following tips have been researched from ‘thinkuknow’ and may help you.
It is a really good idea to have a conversation with your son/daughter about staying safe online. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
For more information you may wish to click on the following link for a very good ‘Parents Guide to Technology’, produced by the UK Safer Internet Centre.
As a parent, it is important to understand the risks of sexting (an increasingly common activity among children and young people where they share inappropriate or explicit images online or through mobile phones). The NSPCC have published advice for parents about talking to your child about creating, sending or receiving explicit images so that you can talk to your child about how to stay safe and what to do if they ever feel scared or uncomfortable.
Just click on the following link to access the NSPCC’s advice pages:
Recently all four big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media – have produced short video tutorials that will show you how to download and set up the parental controls they provide for their customers to manage internet access in the home.
How to set up the parental controls offered by BT:
How to set up the parental controls offered by Sky:
How to set up the parental controls offered by TalkTalk:
How to set up the parental controls offered by Virgin Media:
Just click on the logos to be taken to the web sites.
On-line safety for parents – help your child keep safe on line.
Online security – keep internet baddies at bay with valuable techie tips.
BBC Radio One’s ShareTakeCare game – what kind of pictures and statuses are you being tagged in?
You should be aware of professional sources of help, there is an enormous amount of information on the Internet; the following sites can be recommended – just click on the logos:
The main UK Government website with advice for parents on how to keep children safe online.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) is the Government body dedicated to eradicating abuse of children. Concerns about inappropriate contacts between a child and an adult, including online, can be reported directly to CEOP.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) works to remove illegal material from the internet. If you have found any material you believe to be illegal e.g. child sex abuse images, other obscene material or material which incites racial hatred, you can report it to the IWF.
For the latest E-safety news visit out newsfeed on the home page of our website.
If you would like to speak to a member of staff about E-safety please call Mrs Christine Atkey, VLC Manager: (e-mail: [email protected] or telephone 01803 403702) and she will be very pleased to help you or to direct you to Mr Mark Williams the Academy’s Safeguarding Officer.
Contact Social Media Sites
Has somone posted something upsetting about you?
Most websites have a way for you to ask them to remove ‘content’ – like videos, pictures, comments or profiles – that upsets you. This is called making a ‘report’.
It’s important to know that making a report doesn’t mean the content will definitely be removed.
If you want to have something taken down from a site you should check to see if it breaks one of their rules.
Facebook calls their rules ‘Community Standards’, YouTube’s rules are called ‘Community Guidelines’ and other sites like Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram have their own sets of rules and ways to report.
Before using any website you should read them to learn what is, and what isn’t, acceptable on the site. You should also learn how to report content to the site.
Remember, that to use any of these sites you need to be at least 13 years old. If you’re under 13 and someone has posted something about you get an adult to help you report it.
Here’s where to find the rules and how to report for the most popular social networks and messaging apps:
Training Videos for Parents
Here are four videos made by the SWGFL for all parents and carers, entitled Online Parenting: