At Brompton-Westbrook we aim to educate our children so that they can use information technology safely, both in school and in the wider world. We have a rigorous online-safety policy which highlights the four main risks posed by inappropriate use of technology:
Content - Are the things you are doing appropriate?
Conduct - Are you behaving in the right way online?
Contact - Do you know who you are talking to?
Commerce - Are you financially safe online?
We promote the safe use of information technology to the whole school community in a variety of ways including: discrete teaching of e-safety, cross-curricular teaching of e-safety, e-safety assemblies, involvement in national events such as Safer Internet Week and Cyber Anti-Bullying Week, parent e-safety training sessions and regular staff training.
You can access useful resources for parents regarding e-safety by clicking the links below:
Parent e-safety training presentation slides
Letter to parents: Parental Controls
This link will take you to an article entitled "10 Apps Kids Use That Parents Should Know About." Worth a read.
National Online Safety have produced some really useful parent guides - click here to read there most up to date advice.
All pupils sign up to our information technology pupil user agreement and we urge our pupils to keep to the following rules when using social networking sites outside of school to keep themselves safe:
- Always keep your profile private
- Never accept friends you don’t know in real life
- Never post anything which could reveal your identity
- Never post anything you wouldn’t want your parents to see
- Never agree to meet somebody you only know online without telling a trusted adult
- Always tell someone if you feel threatened or someone upsets you
Mrs Langthorne is the school Online Safety co-ordinator. Please make an appointment to speak to her if you have any concerns regarding your child and online-safety.
For more information about how to be e-safe please visit CEOP's www.thinkuknow.co.uk
Visit CEOP to report inappropriate online behaviour https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
Online Safety: NSPCC and O2
To children, online friends are real friends. Online life is real life. There's no distinction. Parents and families understand the dangers children face in everyday life, from being careful when crossing the road to not talking to strangers. But keeping children safe online can sometimes seem much harder. This needs to change.
That's why the NSPCC has joined forces with O2 Together. They want to get every family in the UK to talk about and understand their child's online world, just as they would their day at school. They want to bring parents and children together, to explore, create and play in the online world.
Their nationwide programme of workshops will give parents and families the skills and knowledge to understand the internet as children do. To create real change, bringing online safety programmes into schools and workplaces.
Expert advice will be available through the NSPCC website, a new online safety helpline for parents and from trained staff in O2 stores. They will also be putting on huge events for parents and kids all over the UK. And if you’re ever worried about something, you can always call the online safety helpline on 0808 8005002. Sometimes it’s easier to talk things through. The following website link is very helpful: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
Phone Safety for Parents and Young People
NSPCC Zipit is an app that Young People can use to send funny gifs instead of having to say or text No, in response to being asked for ‘nudes’, or other things that make them feel uncomfortable.
Gallery Guardian- mainly an iPhone app but it lets parents/carers synch phones with their child and when child sends a photo it measures pixels of flesh colour on show and sends an alert to parent/carers phone.