Keeping safe using ICT
Wyre Forest School is committed to providing a framework to keep our pupils safe when they are using ICT in school or at home.
E-Safety is part of the National Curriculum and is taught in every class at an appropriate level to the learning there. We have broken the subject into four main concepts:
- Respect yourself, (looking after yourself)
- Protect yourself, (looking after yourself)
- Respect others, (looking after others)
- Protect others, (looking after others)
An extended version of our Acceptable Use Agreement can be found here
What to do if something goes wrong
Although the internet in school is moderated and filtered occasionally something gets through that is inappropriate, it important that our pupils know what to do.
- Place their iPad face down (turn off the screen if they are on a computer).
- Tell an adult straight away
- The adult should assess the incident and report it If the matter is serious then report it to CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre)
- https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ you can use the button below to do this.
- If you feel that School would be best placed to deal with the matter then please call and ask to talk to one of our safeguarding team.
Below are some handy information sheets that have been provided by CEOP, please feel free to download them for more advice. There is also advice in keeping your child safe online listed in the useful Links section of the website.
Cyberbullying and Online Harassment
Cyberbullying and online harassment can be extremely distressing. They can even be classed as criminal offences in some cases.
However, there are plenty of organisations you can turn to for help, including charities, social media service providers, and the police.
Here is an overview of what online bullying is, how you can avoid it, and where you go for advice:
What is cyberbullying and online harassment?
Making comments or posts online that are deliberately abusive, offensive, threatening, or inflammatory.
Liking and sharing this kind of abuse can also count as bullying and harassment.
Online bullies and harassers use all sorts of platforms, including social media (like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram), forums, gaming sites, comments sections, mobile phone chat groups and more.
There is a very detailed definition of cyberbullying at:
How you can stay safer
Think before you post: when posting or commenting online, consider what you say and what effect it may have. Never post comments that are abusive, threatening or are likely to cause offence to others.
Keep personal information personal: do not say anything or publish pictures that might later cause you or someone else embarrassment. Be aware of what friends post about you, or how they reply to your posts – particularly about your personal details and activities.
Make the most of privacy settings: keep your profiles closed, allowing access only to your chosen friends and family.
Social media help sections can show you how to block users, change your privacy and contact settings, and report abusive content:
- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/help/
- Twitter - https://support.twitter.com/
- Instagram - https://help.instagram.com/
- LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin
- Google+ - https://support.google.com/plus#topic=6320382
- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/yt/policyandsafety/en-GB/reporting.html
- Pintrest - https://help.pinterest.com/en
- Tumblr - https://www.tumblr.com/abuse
- Snapchat - https://support.snapchat.com/en-GB
Report cyberbullying to internet service providers: lots of content online is offensive or upsetting. It is not always a criminal offence, but it often violates the terms and conditions established by social media sites and internet service providers. Service providers are often keen to take action against users who abuse their terms of service.
If you believe that you are the victim of online bullying, keep a record of the content (for example, take a screenshot). You can use this to help your report to the service provider and, if necessary, the police.