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eSafety Information and Advice

What is eSafety?

eSafety is the safe and responsible use of technology. One of the main applications of technology that young people use today is the Internet. It is easier than ever for us all to access the Internet; young people access it in a variety of different ways, including smart phones, games consoles, PCs and laptops and tablets. The Internet is an undeniably valuable tool that is commonplace in our everyday lives, however it comes with risks. These risks are well publicised and are not exclusive to younger learners.

Staying safe online is an increasingly complex issue and King Edward VI College is committed to educating and supporting students in eSafety matters. All students receive education about eSafety and have access to a variety of resources, support and advice on eSafety matters.

Reporting eSafety Issues

If you have any concerns about your child’s online safety, please contact Reception via 01384 398100 who will put you through to a member of the safeguarding team.

If you need immediate help, have serious concerns outside of college hours or in an emergency, contact 999 or your local police. You can find their number via http://www.police.uk/

CEOP

CEOP are the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre which is part of the UK law enforcement. Online concerns can be reported to CEOP:

“We [CEOP] help children stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can report it to us:’

http://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

You can also submit a CEOP report via:

Childnet

‘At the heart of all our work is the belief that when used properly the Internet is a wonderfully positive tool for children and young people.

We strive to take a balanced approach, making sure that we promote the positive opportunities, as well as responding to the risks and equipping children and young people to deal with them’.

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

UK Safer Internet Centre

UK Safer Internet Centre is an EU funded project that aims to empower and protect children and young people when using the Internet. The website has a useful parent’s and carer’s page covering issues such as parental controls, parent’s guide to technology, advice, and resources.

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

Thinkuknow

A useful website that is managed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre that is part of the UK law enforcement. CEOP consist of industry specialists/professionals who work alongside police officers in promoting online safety and eradicating abuse of children. It is important to note that, due to funding, the resources contained within this website are aimed at 5–16-year-olds, however it contains many useful and informative resources that apply to all young people and their parents/guardians.

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Social Networking

A comprehensive, easy to read guide that addresses the safe and responsible use of social networking sites.

http://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Young-people-and-social-networking-A.pdf

Facebook Security Guide

Facebook’s latest guide to security settings, includes advice and help on scammers, clickjacking, avoiding scams, monitoring account activity, and keeping your account safe and secure.

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ufiles/Facebook-checklist-Aug2013.pdf

Twitter

Twitter safety and security that includes a useful section on ‘Safety tips for parents’ and ‘Safety tips for teens.’

https://support.twitter.com/groups/57-safety-security#

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology, such as the Internet or a mobile device to bully others.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Secondary/Risks/Cyberbullying/

Useful tips on how deal with Cyberbullying:

http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics/cyberbullying

Sexting

The term ‘sexting’ describes the use of technology to share personal sexual content. The content can vary, from text messages to images of partial nudity to sexual images or video. This content is usually created to be sent to a partner but can be between groups and can use a range of devices, technologies and online spaces. Photos and videos are often created via webcam or smartphone camera, and are shared on social networking sites.’

http://www.childnet.com/ufiles/So%20you%20got%20naked%20online.pdf