Online Safety

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 arm our young people with the skills to access life-long learning and employment.

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:

·                Websites

·                Apps

·                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

·                Podcasting

·                Video sharing

·                Downloading

·                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.

About CEOP

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.

It is also extremely important that careful
monitoring is also done at home. Many parents/carers can feel out of their depth in terms of their child’s online habits. Some useful conversation starters are:

1.      Ask your children to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.

2.      Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?

3.      Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.

4.      Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.

5.      Think about how you use the internet as a family. Set some ground rules. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online?

Current App warning- Pokémon Go 

Pokémon Go is a new game that unites traditional gaming.
It requires players to go outside their homes to locate Pokémon characters and Poké balls and its unique approach has attracted mass users in just a few weeks.

Encouraging children to move around outside can be good for their health, however, as a parent, we must consider our children’s safety while they play Pokémon Go and ensure that they know the following tips.

Do not go outside without letting your parents know where you are going.

Be careful about surroundings while going out to track Pokémon across busy roads where you must not be distracted by your phone.

Be extra cautious at Pokéstops as the dangers of abuse always exist

Do not go out to look for Pokémon at night.

Check your privacy settings before and after installation of Pokémon Go since, it may have changed some of your privacy settings.

Check your phone’s battery.  Pokemon Go consumes battery very quickly.  Make sure you have enough charge left to make an urgent call.

Your phone will be obvious for people to see and may make you a particular target.

Be careful while you meet new people on the way and keep in mind that Stranger is Danger.

Do not forget to tell someone in your family, teacher or a reliable friend if you are worried about anything you have experienced while playing the game.

Some useful websites for parents/carers are:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers

http://www.safetynetkids.org.uk/personal-safety/staying-safe-online/

http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/OnlineSafety/Pages/OnlineSafety.aspx

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5kW4pI_VQw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nMUbHuffO8

To report online abuse please click the report abuse button on the following link

https://www.ceop.police.uk/

A copy of the E-Safety Policy can be found here EVAT E-Safety Policy.docx