Technology is now a vital and exciting part of our working and social lives. At Chesterfield our students and staff use technology in many forms to support learning and teaching. The school systems are managed to protect staff and students from any risk and all staff, students and parents sign an Acceptable Usage Policy at the start of each school year.
Internet use in school is filtered and monitored and there are restrictions in the use of devices that have direct access to the internet.
We promote the following guidelines to our students and staff:
To stay safe you should:
· Only email people that you know (why not set up an address book?)
· Never open an email sent by someone they don’t know even if it has familiar phrases or offers you something.
· Never send or tell other people your passwords.
· When using Internet chat rooms, websites, instant messaging etc with care and know how to block and report unwanted users
· Never use your real name when using games or websites on the Internet, (create a nick name)
· Never give out any personal information about yourself, 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 on the internet unless you know them in real life.
· Only use a webcam with people you know and remember those images can be sent anywhere.
· Tell an adult that you trust immediately if you find anything that you are unhappy or uncomfortable with.
· Be aware comments they make on Social Network, Blogs and Wikis and images that you send can be viewed by others.(Applies to X-Box etc)
We all need to be aware of issues regarding children’s e-safety; their safety on the internet, on social messaging sites and when texting using mobile phones. In order to help you to support this work at home you can visit the following sites as parents/carers, and/or with your children, to give you more information and support in dealing with issues around e-safety.
Thinkuknow is a site in which the information is brought to you by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. Here you can find the latest information on the sites young people like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what is good, what is not and what you can do about it. There are resources for parents and teachers and, most importantly, a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.
Families can visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations.
Families can also use the website to access the CEOP Safety Centre (www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre) where they can report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP.
CBBC Stay Safe (Year 7)
CBBC’s Stay Safe website invites children to join Dongle the rabbit in learning how to stay safe on the web. The site features a cartoon and quiz, along with a screensaver and wallpaper giving tips on safe surfing. Visitors to the site can also print out Dongle’s factsheet reinforcing the SMART rules. The site links to the BBC
ChatGuide website and to several of the organisations providing advice and support to young people, such as Think U Know, Kidsmart and NCH.
http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/ This site has been created by ACMA – the Australian
Communications and Media Authority. Cybersmart Kids Online provides information on ‘smart net surfing for kids and their grownups’. The site gives general tips on staying safe online, using chat and mobile phones, and a quiz. Content in the main information sections is split into three user types – 0-7, 8-12, 13-17, so pupils can be directed to relevant information depending on their age and/or level of understanding.
iKeepSafe.org teaches the basic rules of e-safety to children and parents. The website uses an animated mascot, Faux Paw the Techno Cat, to teach children the importance of protecting personal information and avoiding unsuitable material on the internet. Children can learn how to safely navigate the internet through a virtual playground, Faux Paw’s adventures in story books, an animated video download and educational games. Educational materials, including worksheets and tests are also available for parents and teachers.
Merseyside Police are issuing a warning about the Live.me mobile app. It is the fastest growing social media streaming app available and has approximately 20 million users worldwide. It enables users to live stream videos of themselves, and watch videos from other users. It has limited security features, making it possible for users to potentially identify where a video is being streamed from or has been recorded. Any video can be recorded or shared without the permission or knowledge of the person who made it.
Whether it is staff at the Local Authority, at our schools, parents, guardians and carers, we all have a responsibility to know the warning signs of exploitation so we can prevent a child or young person from putting themselves at risk or forming inappropriate relationships. You can find out more online at Listen to My Story, the Police Safety Centre and the NSPCC
It is imperative that any illegal or suspicious contact with a child on the Internet is reported to the police immediately. You will find help and advice at the child exploitation and online protection centre: