Please see the links below for more information about internet safety-
Why do we need to be e-safe?
Students use new technologies such as mobile phones, games consoles and the Internet on a daily basis, and these provide access to a wide range of opportunities and situations. Generally, the exchange of ideas, social interaction and learning opportunities involved are beneficial, but occasionally they may place a young person in danger.
We need to decide on the right balance between controlling access, setting rules, and educating students in safe and responsible use. It is usually the manner in which ICT equipment is used that results in potential risk, rather than the technology itself; clear guidance and education around safe use are therefore key components to ensuring a positive experience and minimising risk.
What is e-safety?
e-Safety is less about restriction and more about education about the risks, as well as the benefits, so we can feel confident online. It is concerned with supporting children and young people to develop safer online behaviours both in and out of school.
The Internet is an unmanaged, open communications channel. The World Wide Web, email, blogs and social networks all transmit information using the Internet’s communication infrastructure internationally at low cost. Anyone can send messages, discuss ideas and publish material with little restriction. These features of the Internet make it an invaluable resource used by millions of people every day.
Some of the material on the Internet is published for an adult audience and can include violent and adult content. Information on weapons, crime and racism may also be unsuitable for children and young people to access. Students need to develop critical skills to evaluate online material and learn that publishing personal information could compromise their security and that of others. Schools have a duty of care to enable students to use on-line systems safely.
Below are links to sites which offer important guidance and help relating to e-Safety:
Thinkuknow – the latest information on using the Internet, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what can be done about it
Thinkuknow REPORT ABUSE – an area providing advice and help for young people who are concerned about something that has happened online
CEOPS – Child Exploitation and Online Protection – a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the exploitation of children