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 as they become available.
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:
Gaming home page https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/gaming/
What’s appropriate for your child - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/gami...
Game Chat -https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/in-game-chat/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=176d7bc4c3-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_30_06_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-176d7bc4c3-55257749
Parent site - https://www.askaboutgames.com/
https://gamesambassadors.org.uk/ schools, colleges and youth groups can sign up and gain support from experts within the gaming industry around careers in the gaming industry
To report online abuse please click the report abuse button on the following link
The Darlington Internet Safety Partnership
Beaumont Hill Academy are working very closely with Darlington Borough Council in keeping your child safe on-line.
Darlington Borough Council have put together some handy links for families on setting parental controls and creating a child’s account on a console.
These links provide help in setting up devices for children and young people, as well as advice and guidance on keeping children safe:
These are also direct links to the different consoles:
Link to information on how to set up child account and parental controls on all Xbox consoles –
Link for the new Xbox app which lets you control your child’s Xbox via your own mobile phone. You can set time limits and set age restrictions
Link to information on how to set parental controls on PlayStation consoles
Follow the link and download the Nintendo Switch parental control app and set time limits and age restrictions via your own mobile phone
Our personal favourite site for setting parental controls on all things technical related from game’s consoles to mobile phones and tablets with easy to follow step by step picture guides - https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/
Or, visit the DISP website that contains all of the above links and more internet safety related information for professionals, families and young people. - http://www.darlington.gov.uk/disp
As a parent or carer, you can also contact the DISP directly mailto:email@example.com or of course contact the school, where we will endeavour to help.
Let us work together in keeping your child/children safe on-line.
During lockdown many children and young people have been using a variety of popular streaming apps as a way of having fun, keeping in touch with friends and family and to meet new people. The most popular of these apps being TikTok.
We have had a number of parents and staff from within DBC contact us with concerns around children using TikTok and similar apps and as an issue and concern it’s one that’s not going to go away anytime soon.
Thinkuknow have added some useful resources on the subject of streaming and a useful parent guide on TikTok that helps parents get a better understanding of how it works, what it does as well as the possible risks and dangers of using streaming apps.
Parents’ guide to TikTok - https://parentinfo.org/article/tiktok-what-parents-need-to-know
Parents help sheet re TIKTOK TIKTOK Internet-Matters-TikTok-Guide-3.pdf
Streaming guide - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/globalassets/thinkukn...
As well as the above links we also have some useful information already on these topics as well as other internet safety issues and guides on our own website http://www.darlington.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health/children-and-young-people/darlington-pshe-network/darlington-internet-safety-partnership/
Launch of DISP
The DISP is Darlington internet safety partnership where you will find lots of key up to date information around the internet. Keeping up to date on what our children are doing online is crucial to keeping them safe . It is updated regularly so please take a look !
Please see latest information on the Dark Web.
360 degree safe Online Safety Mark
We are proud to announce we have been awarded the 360 degree safe Online Safety Mark see below:-
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