Students receive lessons on Esafety throughout the school year as well as attending talks from visiting speakers. Student use of  ICT is monitored closely in school through monitoring software and students are not allowed Internet access unless both parent/carers and students sign our E safety contract which can be downloaded Newman E-Safety Contract here. This document contains general e safety advice. We strongly encourage you to have regular chats with your child about the importance of e safety. Please remember that Facebook or other similar sites have an age restriction and students under the age of 13 should not be using these sites.  If you require any further advice please contact Miss Brough at school.

It is vital to keep your children safe on line. Both your children and yourself need advice on how to use the Internet safely. Help, advice and support is provided from CEOP. The CEOP Centre is affiliated to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and is the best way to keep up to date with current threats. This site also allows you to report or share concerns.

If you wish to report or share a concern then click here
A button can also be added to your child’s Facebook page so that they can report any incidents straight away. The app is available from here.

Please remember that the minimum age to open a Facebook account is 13.

Online Safety

Are you worried about keeping your child safe online? There are many dangers when young people use social media and it is important to be able to monitor their use. The NSPCC have produced a website to offer advice to parents.

As part of our programme of study we are also revisiting the need to stay safe online following the release by Leicestershire police of the video about the Kayleigh Hardwood murder after she met someone she had been messaging online for two weeks. It is important for parents to remain vigilant and to monitor ICT use at home. More advice can be found at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

More information for both parents and students is also available from Thinkuknow.co.uk. Think u know is a website designed to help keep our children safe while they are using ICT. Students receive instructions on how to keep safe on line in their ICT lessons but often parents need to be as well informed. Threats change regularly on line and it is important to keep up to date with latest information. Registering your details on this site will allow you to receive regular feedback about the latest on line threats.

 www.Thinkuknow.co.uk

Additional tips to keep safe on line

1. Getting Involved
Learn as much as you can about the Internet yourself. Surfing should be a family activity, so use the Internet together as often as you can and discuss any problems you encounter. Keep the computer in a room where the whole family can use it.

2. Discuss the dangers
Sit down with your children and explain the issues surrounding the internet. Ensure that they are aware of the very real dangers that can occur and set some ground rules for them to follow. It is important that when explaining the rules to the children you do so with their understanding and co-operation.

3. Getting In Touch
Get to know who your children are meeting online and make sure they are wary of strangers and never give out any personal information about themselves or their friends/relations. Be particularly careful about children using chat rooms. Never allow a child to arrange a face-to-face meeting with another computer user without your permission and if they do want to meet, ensure that you are with them. Enquire whether your Internet Service Provider has any “moderated” chat rooms especially for your children’s age: then make sure that your children only use those chat rooms.

4. Getting ‘Gifts’
Unsolicited ‘gifts’ can contain offensive or potentially harmful files such as pornography or viruses. Teach your children not to open emails and attachments or download files other than from people they know and trust offline. Be careful when you or your children are shopping online. Check that you are dealing with a bona fide company before giving out your credit card details or committing yourself to any transaction.

5. Getting Hooked
Limit the amount of time your children spend online, and encourage them to keep up their other activities and friendships. A teenager’s excessive use of online services or bulletin boards, especially late at night, may be a clue that there is a potential problem.

6. Use filters
If you and your family regularly use a search engine such as Google, MSN or Excite, ensure that you select to have ‘Adult Filter’ switched on in the search preferences.

Free filters are available which you can individualise to match your family’s needs. Click here for more information.

Better Internet for Kids is an advice page where you can learn about new initiatives which are launched to link to Esafety. You can report any concerns via this page and even has a hotline for parents to use.
Net Aware is a site ran by the NSPCC which gives advice about how to stay when using social media or apps. It describes the potential dangers and even informs parents what age children should be allowed to have access to it.

Are you worried about keeping your child safe online? There are many dangers when young people use social media and it is important to be able to monitor their use. The NSPCC have produced a website to offer advice to parents.