E-Safety

E-Safety 
    

       

At St. Christopher's, we take e-safety very seriously. It is a complex issue that has many elements and, like the World Wide Web, it can have a massive impact on the everyday lives of all our pupils and staff. As such, we believe that a whole-school approach is the only way to safeguard our children and their families.

We believe that parents have a vital role to play in helping to get the e-safety message across, since in many cases the majority of our children's interaction with the Internet takes place outside the classroom and with varying levels of supervision.

The information and links below represent a small proportion of the materials in use throughout the school and we hope that they will prove useful to you as your family's use of ICT inevitably increases.  Please click here to download our printable 'E-Safety Booklet' and other electronic publications, so that you can easily share the advice that they contain with other members of your family. 

Areas that we should all consider include:
 

  • Internet Access from Mobile Phones and Games Consoles
  • Security and Filtering Software
  • Computer Protection
  • Filesharing & Downloading
  • Social Networking & Blogs
  • Search Engines
  • Reporting Problems

    

Childnet International is a Children's Internet Charity that produces many useful materials on e-safety. They have also developed a set of simple SMART Rules that every child should know:
 

 

Each year, a Safer Internet Day is organised and celebrated across the globe.  Please click on the icon below for further information and advice following this year's event:




Information and Online Resources


  - expert information and advice to help children and young people stay safe online
  
  - games, downloads, screensavers, etc.





  - information on Internet Safety and Cyber Bullying for Children and Parents
 



  - interactive advice about Internet Safety
 



  - responsible Digital Citizenship


  - advice about online safety and reputation
 



  - games and activities about Internet Safety

 

 
  - advice on staying safe during online chat.


  - advice on ways to minimise the risks of using social networking sites.
 

  - advice on file sharing and downloading music legally from the Internet



 

  - advice on helping to keep your children safe online

 
  - test your internet safety knowledge with Hacker and get some tips from the Horrible Histories gang

  - advice on Facebook Privacy Settings and much more


  - advice on how to play online games safely

         

Internet Security Tips


It is just as important to ensure that the equipment being used to access the Internet is secure, as it is to ensure that users are behaving responsibly and in a safe manner:


1. Make sure your computer has a firewall enabled at all times.
2. Install anti-virus software and keep it regularly updated.
3. Check out the various anti-spyware tools and run them often.
4. Make sure your home wireless network is encrypted.
5. Take care when using P2P file sharing applications like Limewire.
6. Disguise your e-mail address if you post it publicly online.
7. Never reply to spam, not even in trying to unsubscribe.
8. Think before you blog - anyone can read what you post.
9. Don't open attachments from unknown sources.
10. Use different passwords for different activities online.

    
Reporting Problems

The majority of problems can be avoided or reported using the on-screen Safety, Privacy and Problem Reporting Tools found on all reputable interactive websites or, if further action is necessary, by consulting your Social Networking and/or Internet Service Providers.
However, in the case of illegal or seriously inappropriate activities and materials, these should always be reported to the police via the CEOP website or the Internet Watch Foundation website:


 
 www.ceop.gov.uk/reportabuse




 www.iwf.org.uk    
  

 

 

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