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Online Safety

Welcome to the School’s Online Safety Advice Page. Here, you can download some helpful advice on how to keep students safe at home as well as access various external support websites.

If you would like to discuss any of what you view here further, please contact the school. We can offer practical support, advice and training to help you keep your child safe online. This can include help with setting content filters, restrictions on screen-time and online-gaming.

Further resources for internet safety can be found using the links at the bottom of this page.

Keeping Your Children Safe Online

  • Stay in touch with what your children are doing online.

  • Make sure that you know the services your children use.

  • Find out what types of information and services are offered and whether there are ways for parents and carers to support and protect their children while they are online.

  • Be aware of the devices that your children have access to. It may be helpful to use parental safety features to promote online safety.

  • Go on-line yourself so that you are familiar with and understand the potential benefits and risks associated with Internet access.

  • Make sure you have an awareness of who your children are communicating with online.

  • If you are concerned about your child’s on-line activities, talk to them about it.

  • If you are concerned about any inappropriate material your child may be accessing/viewing please contact the school for further advice.

 

Top Tips For Online Safety

  • Never give any passwords to anyone outside your family – even friends!

  • Always tell an adult about anything you find upsetting or concerning.

  • Never give out any of the following information during a ‘chat’ session or when accessing on-line forums or message boards:

    • your real name (use a pseudonym – a false name)

    • your parents’ or brothers’/sisters’ real names (use pseudonyms)

    • home address

    • home telephone number

    • parents’ work address/telephone number

    • the name, address or location of your school

  • Never send an on-line person any identifiable photographs.

  • Never arrange for someone you meet on-line to visit your house.

  • Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you meet online without informing others.  The first meeting should be in a public place and at least one other person should accompany you.

  • Remember that what you read on-line is not necessarily true, e.g., the person who says she is a 15 old girl could in fact be a middle-aged man.

  • To ensure that social media profiles are set to private.

  • To ensure what you post on social media is appropriate and creates a positive ‘social media footprint’.

 

Downloads

School Online Safety Policy

 

Keeping Our Students Safe Online

 

Digital technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people, both within schools and outside school. These technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning.

Open Box Education Centre uses a wide variety of digital technologies and online resources to enhance learning throughout the curriculum, encouraging safe and responsible internet use.

Young people should have an entitlement to safe access to these digital technologies. The school uses a range of software to ensure we meet our obligations to provide a safe and secure experience for our students and staff.

Cleanbrowsing offers DNS level internet filtering. This means it acts at the point of the router so any device brought into the building (mobile / tablet etc) is protected if using the school’s WiFi network. Individual profiles ensure that school owned devices are provided with the same level of filtering off site when connected to a home or public wifi network.

NetSupport School offers flexible real-time monitoring and control of student PCs while they are on the school’s premises using the school network. Specific websites can be approved or restricted for certain lessons. Other functions such as printing, audio, use of removable media can be restricted or allowed as appropriate.

NetSupport DNA offers a comprehensive solution for managing IT assets both on and off site. It includes a very powerful e-safety mode which raises an alert when a keyword is typed or searched and can produce reports based on the category of concern or particular user. This ensures that the school can comply with the latest guidance and legal requirements on safeguarding. NetSupport DNA works on any network as it provides a secure link via an IP gateway on the school network. This means safeguarding alerts will continue to be raised during any remote learning scenario.

Useful Websites

“The 2 Johns” offer information and training for parents on all aspects of internet safety. You can find details of their training on Facebook at EST E Safety Training | Facebook and other resources on their website: Parent/Carer Area – eSafety Training

Some other resources which you may find helpful in supporting your child online are:

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