E-safety and Cyber Bullying
ICT is an everyday part of people’s lives and schools are making increasing use of new technology. At Wath Comprehensive School we have systems in place to protect you online.
Golden rules to safe Internet Browsing
- Children should ideally only add on social media sites people they know and trust in real life.
- Some predatory paedophiles can convincingly pose as another teenager and may spend months or years ‘grooming’ the victim until they meet face to face.
- Children must always be accompanied by an adult if meeting an online friend in person.
- Don’t ban children from these sites; they will just use them at friend’s houses or on their phone, personal media player or hand-held games console.
- Take an interest and suggest they add you as a friend so you can keep an eye on them when they first join.
- Have the main computer in a communal area of the home where there is passive supervision and be reasonable about time online. Talk if you feel it’s getting out of hand (but remember how many hours you spent watching TV when you were their age – the internet is at least active not passive and they can learn a lot from it.
- If your child has a wireless laptop and you want to stop them going online after a quota of hours is up, unplug the ‘router’ where the phone line comes into the house.
What to look for on a website
- The CEOP report button is the online equivalent of dialling 999.
- Look out for good websites that have the button built in.
- Some websites refuse to add the button, so visit direct: www.ceop.police.uk
Online bullying/ Cyber Bullying
Cyber bullying is the use of the Internet and related technologies to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.
- Children can be unkind to each other online. Bullying is not new but the technology has changed making it is easier to track and prove who is responsible.
- If you are experiencing a problem, the evidence will be on your computer. If you can print off copies of messages and screen shots (of text, not of photographs please) (ctrl + prnt scrn) we can investigate.
Want to find out more about understanding and stopping Cyber bullying?
- Visit the CEOP channel on YouTube.
- Put this website in your favourites: www.thinkuknow.co.uk and make sure every member of the family spends time familiarising themselves with the area aimed at them.
Who do I contact in school?
If you are involved in, or become aware of, any E-safety incident in school, please report it your E-safety Co-ordinator. Mrs King in the Safeguarding Office (next door to the IT Technicians' Workshop).
Out of school time, if you feel frightened, at risk or very unsafe about something which is happening to you or someone else online, tell an adult you trust immediately or contact the police on 101.