West Walsall E-ACT Academy E-Safety Information

Technology is an important part of life, the internet and android devices which enable students to have easy access to connect to it are powerful learning tools. We understand and agree that students need to learn to work independently in order to develop their digital skills to extend their opportunities within the wider world. However, students, with the support of staff, parents and carers need to have a good understanding of new technologies to enable them to use digital technologies as a learning tool safely.

The Academy has both the technology and processes in place to protect all students while using the internet in the academy. Our academy internet systems have filters and each student has a unique login account. Our filters prevent students from accessing inappropriate sites to further support them in keeping safe online. We monitor the online activities of students within the academy and address any concerns we have with the student and parent/carer. Our classrooms and displays within the academy have e-safety advice and programmes are delivered within the curriculum so that students develop skills in reporting any concerns they have whilst online.

All students and parents/carers are required to sign our acceptable use contract as part of the home school agreement and must submit forms to this effect to enable usage.

E-Safety Advice for West Walsall E-ACT Academy Students

Our Students are reminded that the internet provides great learning opportunities, and can also be used for hobbies, interests and socialising too, however when students are online on their personal devices we remind them to be aware of potential risks and problems this includes;

  • Content – Some materials on the internet may be inappropriate and make you feel uncomfortable information on the internet may not be true.
  • Contact – Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. You should always talk to a parent or carer before doing this. Cyber-bullying is as hurtful as face-to-face bullying.
  • Conduct – NEVER give out personal information. Accepting emails, messages, pictures or texts can cause problems. Sending these, including on social networking sites, can also cause problems. Think before you send.

Tell your parent, carer, teacher or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable online.
More information can be found at: www.thinkuknow.co.uk.

E-Safety Information for Parents and Carers

We recommend that Parents and Carers consider the following advice to help their children keep safe whilst online:

  • Stay in touch with what your children are doing by spending time with them whilst they are on-line
  • Make sure that you know the services your child uses
  • Better still, learn how to access the services yourself – ask your child to explain how to do this so that you are familiar with and understand the potential benefits and risks
  • Consider using filtering and security software

For more information on safety, including extremism, please go to https://www.internetmatters.org and click on ‘Issues’

You may find the following attached leaflets useful, you can access them by clicking on the links below, if you would like a printed copy of any of the attached leaflets please contact the academy and ask to speak with Mrs L McGregor – Deputy Headteacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead.

E-safety for teenagers Year 9 +
E-safety for Year 7 and Year 8
Online Safety Guide
Online Internet Manners
Online safety information
Online safety information
Parent/Carers guide to Instagram
Parent/Carers guide to Snapchat
Parent Guide to online Radicalisation risks