Padgate Academy recognise that modern technology is an intrinsic part of modern-day life and our students use ICT extensively both in education and out of it. However, along with the opportunities that ICT offers it also brings with it problems and risks that all students and parents need to be aware of.
E-Safety is of high priority at Padgate Academy and all students receive advice and guidance appropriate to their age and ‘e-awareness’. As well as learning about E-Safety in their ICT lessons, students get more targeted input during assemblies and tutor group time.
The NCA's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.
Tips for students
Find out what's good and what's not so good on the internet and what you can do about it.
An interactive internet safety resource. Contains the latest advice on cyberbullying and reporting.
Information and advice to encourage responsible digital citizenship.
Great for children, teachers, parents and carers. Fun games and activities alongside internet safety advice.
Advices for teenagers on how to stay safe while chatting online with information about the potential dangers of interactive services like chat, Instant Messenger, online games, email and mobiles. Additionally, a full guide relating to child safety online can be found here: http://ctech.link/child-privacy
Access the user manuals for all Blackberry Smartphones, giving parents the opportunity to find out how Blackberry Messenger (BBM) works and how to maximize your daughter's safety when she uses BBM.
Childnet has produced a checklist of safety questions for parents and carers when purchasing a mobile phone for a child.
Premium rate services regulator providing advice for users on phone-paid services. Phone-paid services add the cost of a service or goods to your phone bill or pre-pay account - this could include ringtones and wallpapers for your phone, TV voting or charity donations.
Advice for young people on phone-paid services such as ringtones, competitions and television voting.
Parents - understand the positive and creative ways people are using social networking spaces like MySpace, Facebook and Bebo and highlights the potential risks of using these sites and the ways to minimise these risks.
Information about social networking sites and how to use them responsibly, plus advice on preventing and responding to cyberbullying.
Produced by young people. Explores the issues of internet security and protection with explanations, important information and advice on how to protect a computer from viruses, phishing, scams, spyware and trojans.
A leaflet developed with the music industry.
A list of legal sites to download music.
A glossary of key terms you might come across whilst learning about e-safety.
Top Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe Online
Other information: Mobile Phones
Other information: Downloading
Filtering - Addressing Misconceptions
Following the Prime Minister’s request that “family friendly filters are to be applied across public Wi-Fi networks” (Cameron, 2013), it’s great to see public Wi-Fi providers responding all in the name of keeping our younger users safer online. Also, in the future, filtering of extreme content on residential connections will be switched on as standard with users having to opt out of this rather than opting in as we have to currently. In educational establishments, professionals have to consider their duty of care to the young people who attend and usually, the implications of this mean that a more comprehensive filtering solution will be in place with added restrictions to help protect younger users. The one thing that we don’t hear often enough when filtering is mentioned in politics or the media is the fact that it is only part of the answer to keeping young people safe online. Regular conversations about online safety both at school and home form the other essential component. A reliance on filtering alone can cause some or all of the following issues to arise:
Interestingly, Ofsted have reported that schools who heavily block access to content find it to the detriment of their e-safety practice. In contrast, those professionals who see filtering as only one piece of the puzzle can find that filtering:
With all this in mind, let’s explore some of the common misconceptions that people have about filtering:
Safety tools for social networks
We recently released new e-safety guides showing how to manage the key safety features on your favourite social networks and online services including Facebook, Twitter, Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters, Tumblr, Ask.fm and many more. You can find out more about these and take a look at the guides here
If you need further advice or support with any incident relating to exposure of extreme content online in your setting, you can call the Professionals Online Safety Helpline on 0844 381 4772 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org