E-Safety   

At Higher Lane we are committed to keeping your children safe, including being safe when using a computer. The Internet Safety Rules are on display for the children in every classroom.

Our E-Safety Rules 

Follow the 10 rules and stay safe online:

  1. Never give out personal information.
  2. Tell a grown-up if you find something that is not right.
  3. Never agree to meet people.
  4. Never send your picture.
  5. If someone says something mean online, tell a trusted grown-up.
  6. Don’t do things online that you know are wrong.
  7. Check before you download anything.
  8. Don’t give out your password.
  9. Set up rules for going online.
  10. Show your parents and carers how you use the internet. Share! 

Internet safety tips for children and young people

Follow Childnet’s SMART rules: S – safe. Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information - such as your name, email, phone number, home address, or school name – to people who you don’t know or trust online.

M – meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. A – accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages.

R – reliable. Someone online may be lying about who they are, and information you find on the Internet may not be reliable. T – tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried. You can report online abuse to the police at Think U Know<http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/>.

For parents

The Internet opens up the world to children and young people. It allows for many wonderful educational and learning opportunities. In addition to useful education tools on the Internet, a great deal of content also exists that is not appropriate for children. Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems. We hope that the following information will support you in keeping your children safe in this digital world.

 

Remember these top tips for keeping your family safe online:

  • Spend time with your children online. Take an active interest in what your children are doing online.
  • Where possible, keep computers/tablets/mobiles in a common room in the house, such as your sitting room.
  • Establish rules for using the internet.
  • Protect your children’s passwords.
  • Frequently check your computer’s internet history.
  • Remember children are accessing the internet at school, friends’ homes, libraries, internet cafés, etc.
  • Encourage your children to speak to you, a teacher or another trusted adult if they see anything on a computer that upsets them or makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Remind your children never to give out personal information. Help them to keep this information protected.
  • Children should never meet up with anyone they’ve met online without a trusted adult being present.
  • Encourage your children to be responsible internet users.
  • Stick to the fun and positive sides of the internet. 

Click on these links for more information.

Think U Know Great advice to keep children safe whilst using the internet.

CEOP News and articles surrounding internet safety. 

 

The main reason that we provide internet access to our teachers and pupils is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation and communication. However, for both pupils and teachers, internet access at school is a privilege and not an entitlement. Unfortunately, as there is possibility that pupils will encounter inappropriate material on the internet, the school will actively take all reasonable precautions to restrict pupil access to both undesirable and illegal material. 

The free use of search engines is permitted only when another teacher or member of staff is present. Child friendly search engines, for example yahooligans.com can filter most websites with inappropriate content and will be used a first option. 

All internet access is filtered through a proxy server to screen out undesirable sites at source. 

Whole School Network Security Strategies

The uploading and downloading of non-approved application software is not allowed. 

All access to the school network requires entry of a recognised user ID and password, pupils must log out after every network session. 

Virus protection software is installed and updated regularly. Using personal data sticks of CD-ROMs on the school network requires specific teacher permission and a virus check. 

Regulation and Guidelines

The school’s internet access incorporates a software filtering system to block certain chat rooms, newsgroups and inappropriate websites. The filtering system using on the school network aims to achieve the following:

  • Access to inappropriate sites is blocked.
  • Access will be allowed only to a listed range of approved sites.
  • The content of web pages or web searches is dynamically filtered for unsuitable words.
  • A rating system is used to rate web pages for inappropriate content and that the web browsers are set to reject these pages.
  • Records of banned internet sites visited by pupils and teachers are logged.E-mail  
  • Pupils may not reveal their own or other people’s personal details, including passwords, such as addresses or telephone numbers or arrange to meet someone outside school via the school network.
  • Pupils may only use their approved e-mail account/s on the school network during the school time. Access in school to external, web-based, personal e-mail accounts is denied for network security reasons. It is forbidden to distribute chain letters or to forward a message without the prior permission of the sender.
  •  Pupils are given information regularly on E-Safety during PSHE lessons and dedicated ICT lessons.

 

     Internet safety is as easy as crossing the road

The world around us is changing more rapidly than at any time in human history and one of the fastest areas of change is wireless technology. I would guess that there is not a single School family that does not have a number of different wireless technologies in their homes, and very few whose children do not have access to one or more of these devices: 

i-Pad

Smartphone

Laptop Computer

Tablet Computer

Internet enabled TV

i-Pod (with wifi)

Camera (with wifi)

Kindle

Playstation

X-Box

Wii

BluRay player (wifi)

 There are a lot of excellent reasons why children should be using and exploring the internet:

  • information;
  • learning;
  • communicating with friends and family;
  • playing games;
  • reading news to name but a few. 

One issue for us, as adults, is that we are not always fully familiar with the rules and etiquette of the on-line world and whilst we can manage it in our daily lives, we are doing this through our experiences in the real world. For many of our children, they do not have the benefit of this experience, and so are learning, very quickly, how to interact in cyberspace.

A bit like crossing the road, this can be a dangerous activity. Clearly we would not expect our children to cross the road without first showing and explaining the dangers, then showing and modelling best behaviour and best practise. We point out safe areas whilst highlighting situations that need to be avoided. We clearly explain that there are a number of routes that can be taken that will reduce the risk of danger, though remind them that the need for vigilance must remain. In short, we hold their hands to ensure that they are safe and over time we give them the tools they need to survive. Only when we are happy that they have mastered these, do we then, rather reluctantly, allow them to explore by themselves.

Parenting on-line need not be that much different from parenting in the real world. It involves knowing what your child is doing and with whom. Vetting the places that they go to, monitoring their friends and ensuring that they are behaving in an appropriate manner. Whilst in the real world mistakes can be over looked or even missed; in the on-line community these mistakes are open for all and sundry to see, review and examine. You only need to take a look at any gossip column to discover the consequences of a stray text message or photograph.

Increasingly in School we are dealing with a range of friendship issues that develop within the on-line community. In many respects these are not very different from the issues that we deal with on a day to day basis. As human beings, we all have the capacity to be moody, mean to our friends and even sometimes down-right rude. We try to manage these situations in School in a consolatory manner so that all parties are aware of the issues and are happy with the resolution – very often just a simple smile and shake of the hands.  In our experience, issues regarding social media and on-line content tend to happen away from the parental watch. A simple solution that we, as a School, recommend, is that children should only have access to on-line activities (such as internet, chat rooms, messenger services, multi-player on-line games etc.) on internet enabled devices, that are age appropriate, when in the family space with a responsible adult nearby, who has full access to all communications.

Until you trust your child’s judgement in the on-line world, it would be advisable to restrict their access to websites that you are familiar with, manage their on-line friendships to those people whom you know and review their communications on a regular basis. This is not a trust issue; it is simply making sure that your child is learning the correct way to interact in cyberspace and not spending time in parts of the internet that are not suited to their age. Please remind your child to think before they send or share. They need to ask themselves – would I say this in front of the Head Master or my parents? If not, perhaps it is best left unsaid.

Below is some additional advice from the  Thinkuknow website  (https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/), managed by CEOP (Child Exploitation and On-line Protection Agency.

  • Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest. Find out what sites they visit and what they love about them, if they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
  • Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child. The Thinkuknow site (https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/) has films, games and advice for children from five all the way to 16.
  • Encourage your child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
  • Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. It’s important that as your child learns more, so do you.
  • Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. It is important to discuss boundaries at a young age to develop the tools and skills children need to enjoy their time online.
  • Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of this age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and be there for them if they stumble across something they don’t want to see.
  • Know what connects to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console. Also, find out how they are accessing the internet – is it your connection, or a neighbour’s wifi? This will affect whether the safety setting you set are being applied.
  • Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just about locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think. Service providers are working hard to make them simple, effective and user friendly. Find your service provider and learn how to set your controls 

September 2014

Parenting in the Digital Age (or PitDA for short) is a new programme to help parents apply their parenting skills to the online world.  http://www.pitda.co.uk/

 

Please find below some more useful links.

School Internet Rules

E-Safety Poster

Useful E-Safety Websites for Parents

Useful Websites for E-Safety

http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents.html

http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents/digital-parenting/view_magazines.html