E-Safety is a home-school issue. Whilst we can monitor the usage of our school network for all our users, the education of the next generation to the risks associated with the Internet is important.
Whilst the media highlights inappropriate contact with children (under 18yrs old) known as grooming or the circulation of inappropriate images. E-Safety covers other areas such as cyber-bullying; viruses; spam and scams; data security; digital profiles; games; social networking, forums and chat.
In recent years there has been a convergence of different technologies. Once upon a time you could play games on a games console. Now you can play games, dvds, go online, chat to the person you are playing a game with on the other side of the world and much more besides!
How you can increase E-Safety at home:
- Move access to computers and the Internet where it can be monitored, such as the living room
- Talk to your child about their use of ICT and get them to talk to you should they feel uncomfortable or access anything that is inappropriate
- Read the features of your child’s mobile phone, for example many providers have their own filtering systems. Mobile phone operators mostly have an opt in service for filtering.
- Install a good Antivirus program that has VB100 status (http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/latest_comparative/index - you do not have to purchase the full report in order to see the basic details and also https://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archive/test?recent=1 to look at the independant tests)
- Consider installing filtering and monitoring software. http://www.k9webprotection.com/ is free for personal use. www.thinkuknow.com/parents (advice) CEOP link and YouTube videos
- If you wish to filter your broadband connection at home, why not have two wireless routers? One can be found for adult use (and password protected) and the other one for the use of children but using OpenDNS http://www.opends.com - this means items in the home that are difficult to filter such as tablets or mobiles etc can be.
What else do we do?
The school has staff who have received advanced CEOP training. We also teach E-Safety as part of a cross-curricular approach E-Safety is also taught as part of the Computing (ICT) curriculum and new materials (such as CEOP videos) are taught to students when they are released. This is so we keep up to date with the latest issues.
In addition, with support of other local schools we implement a cross-school policy where if a student is bullying another member of that school then action will be taken in line with the Behaviour for Learning Policy in that school.
Our Moodle VLE (http://vle.ashs.norfolk.sch.uk/) contains links for students on every page (see the bottom right corner).
If you have any further enquiries about the E-Safety curriculum or would like advice or a Know It All for Parents CD then please contact the school office who will put you in touch with the most appropriate person.
KnowITALL for parents
Click-Clever Click-Safe (pdf)