Do you understand your child’s cyber culture, that is, the way in which s/he uses the internet and mobile devices such as mobile phones and tablets for homework, to play and socialise?
Do you understand how to keep your child safe from on-line predators and cyberbullying?
These issues are sometimes complex, both technically and psychologically, and we can often struggle to keep up.
At West Walsall E-ACT Academy we take internet safety extremely seriously and have put in place a number of measures to ensure our students are as safe as possible when accessing the online world and are aware of the risks that using the internet may bring.
As part of our online safety procedures all computers within the Academy (including laptops) are blocked from inappropriate websites.
All students in year 7, 8 & 9 complete an important e-safety unit of work during their IT & Computing lessons:
- What is e-safety? How can students stay smart & safe online?
- What is online social networking? What are the effects of social networking?
- What is cyberbullying? What are the effects of cyberbullying?
All students attend an assembly about online safety, which explains how to use Social Networking safely and which agencies to report any online abuse to.
As part of this safeguarding it is also vital that our parents are aware of the possible dangers to which the internet may expose their children and so internet safety information is provided at all parents’ evenings.
Parents and carers are strongly encouraged to visit the link at http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk. This website contains invaluable information put together by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection).
CEOP can provide help and information for parents who want to keep their children safe online. Through the Click CEOP advice and help centre, members of the public can access guidance on a broad range of topics or report a concern directly to CEOP.
CEOP has been working with social networking sites such as facebook, MSN and other major providers to put internet safety advice at the fingertips of your child, through the Click CEOP application. Here are some simple steps to help protect your child:
Facebook Users – Visit https://www.facebook.com/clickceop to add the ‘Click CEOP’ app to your profile and ask your children to do the same. The app is free and easy to use, and gives you immediate access to internet safety advice as well as being able to report any suspicions. If you become a ‘friend’ of the page, it will invite you to free online safety surgeries and send you updates. By clicking on ‘Add the App’ on the left hand side of the facebook page you can add the ‘Click CEOP’ button to your profile.
MSN Users – Look for the ‘Click CEOP’ on the side of every profile page. It is a default setting and provides immediate access to internet safety advice and allows you to report any suspicions.
Web Browsers – If you use Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, you can customise your browser, enabling users to see the ‘Click CEOP’ button, regardless of which website you’re on.
These website links offer some very good practical advice:
Safe Social Networking & Internet Guides: