E-Safety awareness for all students and their parents/carers is essential to ensure they are aware of the risks they face online and how they can keep themselves safe. Smart phones now make it possible to access the internet and social networking apps/sites at any time – making it more difficult to supervise your child’s access. Having an open and honest conversation with them so you know what they are accessing and to ensure they can try to keep them safe – advice on how to do this can be found on the ESCB website or NSPCC Share Aware websites below.
Possible risks and dangers of being online
- Inappropriate content, including pornography or ‘sexting’
- Ignoring age restrictions
- Friending or communicating with people they don’t know
- Grooming and sexual abuse
- Sharing personal information
- Gambling or running up debts
E-Safety is raised with students as and when appropriate to ensure they are able to recognise the risks and protect themselves, or if we have reason to believe someone may be putting themselves at risk online. Students are encouraged to speak to a member of staff if they are worried someone might be at risk so that support can be offered to anyone affected by the issue. All staff members completed e-safety training (online) in September 2015. E-Safety Assemblies are delivered to all year groups during each new Academic year.
If you have concerns about a student (even if they seem minor) please report them to the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the School. If you have any serious or immediate concerns regarding a child’s safety please contact the Police.
Click on the links below to view the specific school policies linked to E-Safety:
Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board: http://suffolkscb.org.uk/
Net Aware: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/#
UNICEF – Growing up Online: http://www.unicef.org/endviolence/endviolenceonline/files/UNICEF_Growing-up-online.pdf
Parent Info (Lots of useful links on the ‘Experts’ tab): http://parentinfo.org/
Marie Collins Foundation (for information on chat room safety, grooming, cyber bullying, internet stalking and internet safety): http://www.mariecollinsfoundation.org.uk/useful-links
Think U Know (for information on which sites are safe or not safe online): www.thinkuknow.co.uk
BBC Bitesize activity (KS3 students): http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/ict/history_impact_ict/esafety/activity/
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP): https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/Parents/
UK Safer Internet Centre: http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
Internet Matters (Helping parents keep their children safe online): https://www.internetmatters.org
The Parent Zone: https://parentzone.org.uk/