E-Safety

I would just like to share a few facts with you taken from a Year 9 survey carried out in Leicestershire by the County Council.

  • 80% of phones do not have parental controls activated
  • 27% say that their parents do not know what they do on-line
  • Only 20% of pupils say that they always follow e-safety advice
  • 28% have received threats or harassment via social networking sites
  • 48% use a webcam and 7% use it to meet new people
  • 12% have met up with internet contacts for the first time and about a third of these children took no-one with them
  • 16% have been involved in sexting

We were delighted last academic year to be the first school to win the Leicestershire School’s E-safety award.  We are committed to educating not only our pupils but also staff, governors and parents. As a school, we are aware of young people’s reliance on mobile technology and social networking sites, and it is important for us not only to embrace it, but to be aware of the issues that arise with the increased use of technology.  From an academic perspective, I find it incredible how many pupils admit that they sit doing their prep with their phones constantly buzzing. We want to be able to support the parent body and work together to ensure that technology is being used wisely and safely by our children. We will hold a Parents’ Information Evening later on in the year and we would encourage you to come along and participate.  We will also be regularly updating the e-safety information on the school’s website and making reference to it in the weekly newsletter. As I am sure you all agree, our children are very vulnerable and it is our common goal to ensure that our children get it right. Mrs Leite, E-Safety Co-ordinator


Policies

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Safer Internet Day 2016

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Useful Resources

Are you Online Offline? Facebook privacy changes explained Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre No Hate Speech Movement, from UK Safer Internet Centre Zipit – an App from Child Line to help stop conversations go so far as ‘sexting’ or worse. How to report spam and other violations on Twitter – Tech Hive, October 2013 The Cybersmile Foundation – the cyber bullying charity Digital Kids: how children are using devices, apps and media in 2013: A day-long liveblog covering the latest research, trends and views on children’s changing media habits

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Help and advice

Parent Supervision of Online Activity

What does parent supervision look like?

  • Frequent, friendly conversations
  • Don’t over-react
  • Install filtering but don’t rely on it
  • Think about which room the computer is in
  • Remember that smartphones are harder to supervise
  • Use parental controls
  • Set time limits and conditions
  • Give emotional support
  • Don’t snoop-it encourages more secrecy!

Talk Talk have released a useful guide about setting up parental controls on Network, Device and Out and About levels. For more advice, see the Vodaphone Digital Parenting resource.  How to put security settings on mobile devices