E-Safety

Below are some useful e-Safety web links for staff, parents and pupils.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk  

A website designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers.
 

 

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/  

 

Excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to ‘stay safe’ online.

http://ceop.police.uk/

 http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

 http://www.childnet.com/

http://www.netsmartz.org/Safety/SafetyTips 

 

Anti Bullying:

 

http://www.beatbullying.org - Advice for parents and young people about bullying, both online and off.

 

http://www.bullying.co.uk  One in five young people have experienced bullying by text message or via email. This web site gives advice for children and parents on bullying.


Teach your child to be SHARE AWARE

The NSPCC has recently launched their new 'Share Aware' campaign - a campaign for parents of children aged 8-12 to help reassure you and give you everything you need to keep your child safe.

Parents tell us that they sometimes feel confused by the internet and what they should be letting their children do online. This campaign provides straightforward, no-nonsense advice about how to protect your children online. The internet is a great place for children to be. Being Share Aware makes it safer.

Click on the links below to access helpful resources and tools:

Share Aware: parent's guide - http://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/advice-and-info/share-aware.pdf

If you're not sure where to start, download the NSPCC's guide of top tips on how to be share aware

Talking tips - http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-your-child-staying-safe-online/

Find out how to start the conversation with your child about staying safe online

A guide to social networks - http://www.net-aware.org.uk/

NetAware is a simple guide to the social networks, sites and apps that children use

Facebook

There is often a lot of press about Facebook and issues around personal safety, privacy and identity theft.

Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities says that you need to be 13 years old to have a Facebook account.  If a child under this age has an account then it has been obtained dishonestly (sometimes with an adult's knowledge) and this is considered as fraud.

In the interest of child protection and safety within Safeguarding legislation, it is our duty to notify appropriate organisations if we become aware of any pupil of Mersey Primary Academy operating Facebook accounts. 

However, we are bound to inform you of an application (ClickCEOP) that can be added to accounts run by The Child Exploitation Online Protection Unit.  This can be added to child or adult profiles.  Through the application you can receive advice and support. 

Crucially, young people can report instances of suspected grooming and/or inappropriate behaviour directly from their profile to specially trained investigators.

To add this vital application and help keep young people safe, visit - www.facebook.com/ClickCEOP

If this is added or bookmarked to appear on their profile it is a constant source of help and reassurance for individuals, plus a strong visual signal to others that they are in control on line.

You can also visit http://ceop.police.uk/ to access information about e-safety and you are able to contact the internet police immediately via this webiste regarding any e-safety issues.

Another big issue is identity theft. Here are some simple steps/checks to help avoid being a victim of identity theft.

  • Do not use your true date of birth (change it slightly as your true friends will know your real date of birth). Banks and online organisations often use your DOB for security checks.
  • Think about whether you really need your phone number in your profile for everyone to see.
  • Can everyone see your pictures and copy/use them?  Check your privacy settings.  Do your pictures give away locations?  Are you wearing a school jumper/work uniform?
  • Chcek your privacy settings on your images as each album might need adjusting.
  • Have you 'checked in' to places - letting people know you are away!
  • Not all friends are actual friends.  Limit what information they can access.

 

We hope this information is helpful in keeping you and your family safe and secure.