What are we doing at The de Ferrers Academy?
All internet access at The Academy is filtered, although we can never guarantee that 100% of all offensive content will be blocked. We also monitor all internet and network use and any offending images/text or illegal sites will be flagged up and automatically screen-captured, highlighting the user.
Increasingly, we think that it is also important for students to understand the issues involved in online safety, so we are expanding our Online Safety strategy to include:
- Regular online bulletins for parents about Online Safety
- Additional information on our website
- More workshops on online safety
- More frequent discussion about Online Safety issues with staff, governors and the Parents’ Focus Group
- Forming a ‘Student Task Force’ to help advise on and tackle online safety issues
- Getting students in ICT to get more hands-on experience with social networking and how to report offensive images/text, change privacy settings, etc
- Provide anonymous systems for students seeking advice and wishing to discuss issues about online safety
- Adding the CEOP button to our website and iPad homescreen
You can view some of the presentations and action plans on online safety by clicking on the links opposite:
Top 10 tips for online safety:
- Never give out personal details online (address, phone number, full name)
- Turn off location settings on cameras or photographs you post online may reveal exactly where you took them (eg, on Googlemaps)
- Think before you post! Would you say it in real life to someone’s face?
- Remember that nothing can ever be permanently deleted - you leave a digital footprint! Many employers look at applicants online presence…
- Don’t download unknown files or click on suspect weblinks – they may contain viruses
- Report any concerns or inappropriate content to CEOP using the ‘Report Abuse’ button, including any worrying followers/message senders on social networking sites.
- Watch your language & think about your username
- Think about any photographs you post – avoid adding names and don’t post pictures in your school uniform
- Turn on privacy settings so only trusted friends can see your posts
- Never meet anyone you only know online in real-life – they often aren’t what they say/appear
Advice to parents:
Most students can now access the internet and send photos/video feed via their smartphones, gaming consoles, tablets, etc. Many students will also have their own social networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, etc.You can find advice and information on many of these sites using the weblink here:
The best approach is to talk to your children about responsible online behaviour and the possible consequences of actions and bad decisions.
You can search for information to help children stay safe here: https://parentinfo.org
The 'What's the Problem' Parent Pack below by The Lucy Faithfull Foundation offers advice about issues relating to Online Safety and inappropriate images and material.
If you are subject to online abuse, exploitation or made to feel uncomfortable online by somethign that happens, you can contact the police via the CEOP Report Abuse button below and they will investigate:
You can contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to have content blocked/restricted before it reaches you.
Students can now download our free digital guide to iPad and Online Safety, via iTunes:
March 25th 2020:
CEOP (child online exploitation protection) part of the National Crime Agency are offering free online safety packs for primary and secondary age children on their parents/carers site.
Here parents can download fun and age appropriate activities they can do with their child to help keep them safe online whilst they are not at school. There will be new ones put on the site every fortnight.
Folow this link: http://ow.ly/GxOv50yVAev
Safer Internet Day SID2020 - we will be supporting SID2020 in Progress Mentor time and assemblies: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/save-date-safer-internet-day-2020
Digital Parenting from Vodafone has been around a long while now, it is a really useful and free reference guide for parents and carers to support their children on line. Below are links to the most current publication and their other resources.
Digital parenting (vodafone)
Digital Parenting Magazine
UK Safer Internet Centre:
TikTok app - see below to find out about why police are concerned about how young people using the TikTok app and advice for parents/carers
See the latest information from National Online Safety group about Fortnite 2 and other technology concerns as part of their #WakeUpWednesday campaign: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/resources/wake-up-wednesday/
** SnapChat Maps is a new update from SnapChat that could allow children to inadvertently reveal their location and pose a danger. Click below to find out more and how to protect your child.
** See below for guides to safely using Snapchat and Instragram:
Know how to stay safe online – advice and tools for parents and young people – in partnership with Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire County Council.
Child Sexual Exploitation is when someone makes you, or manipulates you, into doing something sexual for the benefit or enjoyment of themselves or others. It might be someone that you think is your boyfriend or girlfriend or someone you’ve just met or known for a while.
It can happen online or offline.
Offenders will attempt do draw you into a relationship and gain your trust by giving you gifts or attention. You might think this is harmless, but then they will make you feel that you have to give something back in return and this might involve sexual acts. That’s abuse - it’s never OK but it’s never your fault.
NSPCC - Staying safe online