e-Safety for Parents & Carers

The internet provides endless opportunities for our students to connect with friends, play games, watch films and listen to music, as well as to explore and find out about things that interest them. But it is also important that our young people stay safe whilst doing all these things. The Click Clever, Click Safe campaign helps them to do just that by giving them three things to remember when online:

 

Zip it

  • Never give out personal information like your full name, address, school or phone number
  • Don't arrange to meet people that you have only met online. It may feel like you know them, but that person is still a stranger.
  • Do use a nickname rather than your real name when using chat rooms or instant messaging services.
  • Don't give out your passwords to anyone - even your friends!

 Block it

  • Block anyone who sends you an offensive message. All popular networking sites have blocking options to deal with unwanted messages - find someone who can help you at home or at school if you are unsure how to do this.
  • Delete any suspicious emails and do not open any attachments unless you are 100% sure they are from a trusted source. They could have a virus that could infect your computer, or link you to a website that you wouldn't want to see.

 Flag it

  • Do speak to a trusted adult about anything you see online that worries you.
  • Don't be afraid to report anything you feel uncomfortable with that has happened online. You can report it directly to the CEOP Safety Centre 

 

Online Safety - Protecting our students from Radicalisation and Extremism

Schools are now required by law to take measures to protect their pupils from radicalisation and extremism. The UK Safer Internet Centre is in the process of discussions with key partners about how they can support schools, parents and carers with this issue and we will share their findings when they are published.

In the meantime, their advice is as follows:

Parents/carers

Have an open and ongoing dialogue with your children about what they are doing and who they are speaking to online; and help to build their critical evaluation skills, making sure they know they can turn to you if anything worries them.

Schools

  • Conduct a risk assessment and ensure robust safeguarding policies are in place to identify children at risk, appropriate intervention and the most appropriate referral option. 

  • Work in partnership with their local safeguarding children board.

  • Conduct staff training to ensure that staff are aware of how to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism, as well as how to challenge extremist ideas and the correct referral procedures.

  • Review their IT Policy to ensure there are appropriate levels of filtering to avoid exposure in school to online terrorist and extremist material.

Monitoring and enforcement of the above key measures are carried out by Ofsted inspectors as part of their ongoing assessment.

We all have a responsibility to take action to report any concerning content online

 

For more e-safety advice...

CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency, and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP is here to help young people (up to age 18) who have been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online or in the real world. We also offer advice and links to support in response to other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying or hacking. For information, advice and to report concerns directly to CEOP, visit the Safety Centre by clicking on the Click CEOP button.

The West Sussex Safeguarding Children Board also has information about e-safety aimed at children & young people.

The NSPCC have launched a campaign aimed at parents of children aged 8-12 - 'Share Aware'. The campaign website is full of straightforward, no-nonsense advice about staying safe online, and includes a downloadable guide. The 'Net Aware' section is a really useful, simple guide for parents to the most popular social networks, apps and games that are used by children.

Extremism resources for parents/carers

www.seeitreportit.org - Report extremist content  to social media providers
Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) - report terrorism-related content

Extremism resources for schools

Department for Education helpline: 0207 340 7264
www.360safe.org.uk - Online self-review tool for online safety provision
Counter-extremism - advice for teachers from the London Grid for Learning
UK Safer Internet Centre - guide to safety tools on social networks
Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) - report terrorism-related content

Related Academy policies & procedures

You may also wish to refer to the related Academy policies on Anti-Bullying, Child Protection & Safeguarding, E-safety and our Computer Network Contract which are available for download from our Policies page.

 

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