ICT in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults.
Consequently, Beaumont Hill strives wherever possible to build in the use of these technologies in order to ensure our young people have the skills to access life-long learning and employment. E- safety alerts will be posted on the News/Celebration page as they become available.
A copy of the E-Safety Policy can be found here e safety policy.pdf
Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including web-based and mobile learning. It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole. Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:
· Email, Instant Messaging and chat rooms
· Social Media, including Facebook and Twitter
· Mobile/ Smart phones with text, video and/ or web functionality
· Other mobile devices including tablets and gaming devices
· Online Games
· Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments
· Blogs and Wikis
· Video sharing
· On demand TV and video, movies and radio / Smart TVs
Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much ICT, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these internet technologies and that some have minimum age requirements (13 years in most cases).
In Beaumont Hill we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on e-Safety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom. Our Emerging Technology lead is a trained CEOP Ambassador and is responsible for monitoring current e-Safety issues and ensuring staff, students and parents are confident with e-safety. Our VLE (FROG) site has its own online safety area where students can access up to date e safety information/fact sheets/online safety games and resources and more importantly easy access to the CEOP (Child Exploitation online protection) site where they can report online abuse. They can also report any online issues within the student portal and an alert email is sent to The Emerging Technology Lead.
The NCA's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.
Reporting inappropriate content
If your child comes across any content that is not appropriate they can press the icon with three dots on the side of the screen and select ‘report abuse’ from the list of options.
Some useful websites for parents/carers are:
To report online abuse please click the report abuse button on the following link
DOKI DOKI Warning
Doki Doki Literature Club! is a game for PC and Mac. It has been in the headlines because, although it looks like a dating game, it has a dark twist about 90 minutes in. Suddenly the characters start killing themselves.
During this process, suicidal images are shown. There little narrative warning of these events that come out of the blue for the player. Contrary to newspaper reports, the game does not send messages to your phone, and is not played online.
Why No PEGI Rating? Because the game does not have a physical release it doesn’t legally require a PEGI rating to be sold. If it was sold on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo or Android online stores it would need a PEGI or ESRB rating because those platforms voluntarily enforce the rating. If it was on the App Store it would have an Apple age rating. Because the game includes adult language it would get at least a PEGI 16 rating if it was released on these platforms or sold in physical form. On Steam this isn’t the same. However, it is listed as Psychological Horror, Visual Novel, Dark, Gore, Violent and Sexual Content. The game page also states that “This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed”. When you start the game this is re-stated and you are required to confirm you are aged 13 or older.
Are There Parental Controls? You can turn on Family Settings on your Steam account by: Selecting Account | Family View. Enter your four-digit PIN.You can then restrict access to games and the Steam Store.
Gaming parental controls information
Parental controls fact sheets from Safer internet centre can be found here
Safety fact sheets for gaming platforms, snapchat etc.
Online streaming warning June 2018- Live streaming is a new and potentially dangerous trend. Twitch, a current "trend" seems to be a platform that allows for it. Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and more have implemented their own versions of livestreams into their platforms.
At the click of a button, anyone can stream themselves to hundreds, or thousands, of viewers. And this off-the-cuff style of content creation comes with a great many risks attached: It’s impossible to moderate live streamed content. Anything can happen. Violence, offensive materials – more disturbingly, even suicides have been broadcasted. Knowing that the person on the screen will react in real time makes live streamers prime targets for internet trolls and cyberbullies. Because live streaming is ‘in the moment’, people often act on impulse without thinking of the consequences. The bottom line: ‘live’ means ‘live’. What streamers say and do is wildly unpredictable, and cannot be controlled. Please always supervise your children online.
Spring term 2018
The ‘Sarahah’ app has been out for about 8 months, however now parents and carers are sharing their experiences and concerns about the app on various parenting sites and networks, related to cyberbullying and how “horrendous” messages can be sent without consequence. The app allows users to register easily and send anonymous messages, which are encouraged to be honest and ‘critically friendly’ the designer of the app wanted it to be used for employers and staff mainly to be critical friends and highlight development opportunities. Further information on the app, how it is used etc. is in the links below. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/25/an... http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-an... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/08/10/s...
Roblox App warning
Roblox is the world’s largest interactive platform for play that allows children to imagine, create, and play together in immersive 3D worlds. The app includes a messaging function which, potentially, could allow strangers to message children. There have been reports that some of the messages being sent to children are of a sexual nature. Please monitor what apps your children have and reiterate the importance of never accepting anyone as a friend who they don't know personally. Please click on the link for more information on Roblox.
Durham Constabulary have been made aware of several recent incidents whereby children have been contacted over Instagram by a profile called either maxjudernit or person511.
These profiles are targeting the girls and asking them for intimate and sexual photographs and they are sending sexual pictures in return, many are believed to be screenshots.
Please check your child’s social media use and reiterate the importance of telling you should anyone make unsolicited requests.
Many parents have asked how to help their child set their social media accounts to friends only, particularly on Facebook. Below you will find some help sheets to help you manage the settings on your child's Facebook account.
Click below to find out how to turn off messenger notifications
Click below to see how to set your settings to friends only on Facebook