Topic outline

  • General

    eSafety

    This section is all about eSafety and how you can understand the potential risks of using the internet and mobile phones and how they can be avoided.

    Use the Forum link below to discuss issues with your peers.

  • Topic 1

    Stay SMART

    Use these simple rules...

    SAFE

    Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information – such as your name, email, phone number, home address, or school name – to people who you don’t trust online.

    MEETING

    Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present.

    ACCEPTING

    Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!

    RELIABLE

    Someone online may be lying about who they are, and information you find on the internet may not be reliable.

    TELL

    Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried. You can report online abuse to the police at: www.thinkuknow.co.uk.

    • Topic 2

      Summary

      The list below is taken from the full eSafety policy and lists, along with the Aceptable Use Agreement the main areas that will be of interest to you.

      • Students are discouraged from bringing mobile phones and devices into school. If they do bring them then they must be switched onto silent at all times.
      • This technology may be used, however for educational purposes, as mutually agreed with the teacher. The device user, in this instance, must always ask the prior permission of the bill payer.
      • The school is not responsible for the loss, damage or theft of any personal mobile device.
      • The sending of inappropriate text messages between any member of the school community is not allowed.
      • Permission must be sought before any image or sound recordings are made on these devices of any member of the school community.
      • Users bringing personal devices into school must ensure there is no inappropriate or illegal content on the device
      • Students should avoid placing images of themselves (or details within images that could give background details) on social networking and file sharing sites and to consider the appropriateness of any images they post due to the difficulty of removing an image once online.
      • Students should avoid giving out personal details on social networking sites which may identify them or where they are (full name, address, mobile/ home phone numbers, school details, IM/ email address, specific hobbies/ interests).
      • Students are advised to set and maintain profiles on such sites to maximum privacy and deny access to unknown individuals.
      • Students are encouraged to be wary about publishing specific and detailed private thoughts online.
      • You are asked to report any incidents of bullying to the school.
      • Students must not take or distribute any inappropriate images/ audio/ video of members of the school community.
      • Topic 3

        Links

        Use the links below to find out more.

        • Radio 1's Bullyproof
          • An excellent site with lots of help on setting up social netwrking sites to be safer
        • Just Smile Anti-Bullying Project
          • We (Just Smile) decided to do an anti-bullying project because we have all experienced bullying, through nasty comments made at school and cyber-bullying, and also because 3 of us are involved in the Victim Support Youth Advisory Panel, where we give a voice for young victims of crime, and therefore we can understand how young victims of crime feel. We also feel that by making victims of crime aware about help, we will decrease the amount of bullying and suffering in silence through our involvement in this project
        • Childline
          • This is very informative site detailing help on lots of topics that are relevant to students
        • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
          • Use this site to report cases of online abuse.
        • Think you know
          • If you’re between 11 and 16, you probably know a lot about using the internet.
            We’ve created this space for you to share what we think is good, look at what’s not, share experiences of things that have gone wrong and show you ways you can get yourself out of bad situations.
        • Kidsmart
          • Lots of really good advice on how to enjoy using the internet
        • Music
          • Information about file sharing and downloading music and films
        • The BBC
          • This is a very informative site about safe surfing
        • Digizen
          • Become a good digital citizen with this website

        • Topic 4