Oakgrove School’s Online Safety co-ordinator is Miss Lucy Rogers. E-safety is taught as par to the Computing Curriculum and within our Values and Ethics programmes and assemblies. Online Safety may include:
- Bullying by peers and people their consider ‘friends’
- Identification and location of a child offline
- Sexual grooming
- Exposure to inappropriate content
- Making or distributing illegal or inappropriate content
- Theft of personal information
- Exposure to racist or hate material
- Encouragement of violent behaviour, such as ‘happy slapping’
- Glorifying activities such as drug taking or excessive drinking
- Physical harm to young people in making video content, such as enacting and intimidating student and risk taking activities
- Leaving and running away from home as a result of contacts made
We have been made aware of students creating anonymous accounts on social media (Instagram in particular) in which students can send messages to the account which are then posted on to the page. These messages are potentially of a bullying nature and invite further comments on the posts.
As a school, we are often restricted on what we can do about students online activity as we do not have access to these pages and do not have the power to close the accounts ourselves. Incidents of this nature are also happening outside of school hours. We therefore rely on our parents/carers to support the students with their use of social media and monitor their online activity at home to ensure they are using their devices safely and positively.
With this in mind, we would like to offer the following advice to our parents/carers:
· Please check the age requirements of your child’s social media accounts. If they are under age, they should not be using it.
· Monitor your child’s activity closely and regularly. There are a number of apps and parental controls available to help with monitoring of your child’s activities online.
· Report any incidents straight away using the reporting options of the social media site.
· For more serious concerns, please contact the police directly.
· Keep an eye on the amount of screen time your child has and look at their ‘search history’ or potential gaps within this.
· Continue to make us aware of situations and we will support students and parents/carers accordingly.
Here are some useful websites that can offer further support and guidance:
We appreciate all of our parents/carers support with this.
For further parental support Vodaphone product a Digital Parenting magazine. Issue 4 is available at this website: vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk
Another very useful source of information is #DITTO is a free online safety magazine from e-safety adviser, Alan Mackenzie, aimed at schools, organisations and parents.
Click here for #DITTO or see http//www.esafetyadviser/latest-newsletter
Oakgrove Policies relating to e-safety can be accessed via the following links:
Oakgrove Online Safety Policy
Oakgrove School Staff ICT Policy
Oakgrove School Student ICT policy
Protect your online reputation
Your digital footprint creates your online reputation. It is made up of everything you, and others, post, share and create about you.
So ‘think before you post!’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone at any time.
Here are some top tips from http://www.childnet.com/ to help you keep a positive online reputation:
- Search yourself online: do you know what is online about you? Do a simple web search of your name and see what you can find. If you find something you aren’t happy with, take the necessary steps to get that content removed-if you are unsure how to do this ask someone at home to help or a member of staff in school.
Remember if your Facebook or Twitter pages appear you can change this by adjusting your privacy settings-see step 2 for this!
- Check privacy settings: make sure you know what information you are sharing on the websites you use, in particular on social networking sites. Most social networking sites have privacy settings to help you manage the content you share and who you share it with; you can decide if you want your posts to be shared with your online friends and followers only or with the public. Keep in mind that your friend’s content and their settings can also affect your digital footprint.
- Think before you post: before you post that funny picture of your friend, or make that joke about someone on Twitter, ask yourself do you want everyone to see it; friends, family, grandparents, future employers? Would you be happy for others to post that type of content about you? You should be proud of everything you post online, remember once it is online it could potentially be there forever!
- Deactivate and delete: when you stop using a social networking profile or website, it’s a good idea to deactivate or delete your account. This will mean the content is no longer live and should not be searchable online; it will also remove the risk of these accounts being hacked without you knowing.
- Make a positive footprint: we hear a lot about the negative footprints left behind online. The best way to keep your online reputation in check is to use your time online to get creative and create a positive footprint. For example why not write a blog to promote all the great things you are doing, fundraise for a charity using an online sponsorship page or create a video to teach others something new.
Update to Net Aware website and app
Net Aware, the NSPCC and O2 website and app providing information for parents or anyone working with children to stay up to date and keep children safe in today’s digital world, has been updated with new reviews from parents and young people. Fourteen new sites, apps and games now feature on the website and app including Yubo, Sarahah, Discord and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Net Aware provides online safety information and advice on privacy settings and other features, as well as recommended age guidance and risk ratings for inappropriate content.
Source: Net Aware website
Download the app from Google Play or the App Store
There are lots of people who can help!
If something upsets you online or you are worried about a friend it can really help to talk to someone. There are lots of people who can help you. You should try to talk to an adult you trust if anything has upset you or made you feel uncomfortable whilst online. Remember you can always visit ChildLine to chat to a counsellor online or call them on 0800 1111 if you ever need to talk to someone in confidence.
Is something breaking the law? Report it!
If you are worried about something that has happened to you online there are a number of organisations that can help. Also see http://www.childnet.com/young-people/secondary/hot-topics for more information on staying safe online.
Inappropriate contact: Adults who go online to chat to young people and arrange to meet up in order to cause them harm are breaking the law. If you have met someone online and conversations with that person are making you feel uncomfortable then tell an adult you trust or you can report it to the police.
Criminal content: If you stumble across criminal content online, you should report this to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). Unsure if it is criminal content? Visit the IWF website to find out what can be reported