Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others.
Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.
If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:
Recommended links to sites about eSafety;
eSafety videos for lower school pupils (Created in the US);
eSafety videos for upper school pupils (Created in the US);
eSafety sites for pupils / parents;
Concerned about your child's use of the internet, social media, apps etc? Why not take a look at this great posters and guides! They're all designed to keep your child safe online. Click here
2016/17 e-safety calendar for schools
Stuck for ideas whilst planning your school’s e-safety activity? This esafety-calendar could help you out.
The calendar includes key dates such as Safer Internet Day and Anti-Bullying week as well as fun lesson themes and games, giving you lots of inspiration for how to ensure that e-safety plays a pivotal part in your year plan.
Share Aware - straightforward, no-nonsense advice that will untangle the web, and show parents how they can be just as great a parent online, as they are offline. Includes; a guide to the social networking sites that kids use, a parents’ guide and tips for parents on how to talk to their child about staying safe on line.
The NSPCC have created two new animations, which bring to life why we need children to be more aware of what they share. They follow the story of two children who share too much about themselves online. Lucy and the Boy and I saw your willy
Information regarding the 'SnapChat' app
SnapChat is an app that allows its users to send 'short term' images. Any images sent are automatically 'deleted' after a few seconds on the recipients phone. As educators this is worrying because of the kind of images that a child may wish to send that are not recorded or traceable.
Do you know whether your children are using SnapChat?
For more information about SnapChat please download and read the following document;
A message from the ThinkUKnow website
"CEOP believe it to be vital that families are aware of the term ‘grooming’ and what it means in relation to their child’s online activity. The process of ‘grooming’ is used by adults with a sexual interest in children. Often these adults will trick children..."
The Facebook 'Poke' app and it's eSafety concerns
Parents, you may be aware that Facebook have created a new app, called 'Facebook Poke' during the past few days.
This app seems to be a harmless addition to the world of Facebook, but Mr. Widdowson and Mr. Cullen have serious concerns about how this app could be misused by children as a way to bully others.
The following text has been taken from an article on the Guardian Newspaper website, and explains our eSafety concerns with this app;
"If you download Facebook Poke and you'd be forgiven for being a little mystified. You'll be invited to write a message, take a photo or record a video to any of your Facebook friends, and then asked to choose how long they'd like to see it for – anything up to 10 seconds.
"In the often banal world of social updates, it could be seen as a blessing that messages self-destruct after a few seconds. No more compulsive, infinite timeline scrolling – freedom!"
- From the Guardian website article.
It is the ability of the sender to make their message disappear after a short time on the recipients phone that has sent alarm bells ringing for Mr. Widdowson and Mr. Cullen, and raises serious eSafety issues as this could be misused and a child could send offensive, distressing and bullying messages to another child.
As you will be aware, we take the safety of our pupils extremely seriously, and their safety in the digital world is just as important.
We are aware that, even though the age limit is 13, many of our pupils have a Facebook account. It could be a account that you set up for them, or that you allowed them to set up, or that they have set up themselves without your knowledge. For any child who does have a Facebook account, we ask you to remind them of our eSafety messages, and to talk to your children about what to do if they do receive a distressing message via the Facebook Poke App;
(1) If quick enough, try and grab a 'screenshot' of the message before it disappears
(2) Note down the time and details of the message
(3) Tell an adult about it, EVEN IF THE MESSAGE HAS DISAPPEARED. You are not in trouble for receiving the message, and have done nothing wrong.
(4) At any point that they feel upset, scared, distressed or exploited by the messages received use the CEOP button either on the school website or on our Facebook page.