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At Newfield School, we take online safety very seriously.
The Internet opens up so many educational and social opportunities for our children, whether on a computer at school, a laptop at home, a games console or mobile phone. All of these devices allow us to communicate with the wider world. As you would protect your child in the real world, you will want to make sure that they are safe whatever they are doing. This page is designed to give you more information and tools to help make you and your child safer online. The articles below provide support on Internet safety at home using a range of devices that have Internet access. These links are all external site. We hope that they are useful.
If you would like some support on how to keep your child safe online, or wish to report an e-safety concern, please either ring and ask to speak to Mr Newall, who is our online child protection officer, or email him on: email@example.com (FAO: For attention of Mr Newall)
Top tips to keeping safe online
Safer Internet Week:
Tuesday 6th February 2018 was Safer Internet Day. However, at Newfield School we run a Safer Internet Week, to ensure that all of the pupils and students have an opportunity to take part in workshops showing them how to keep safe on the Internet. We hope they share their learning with you at home. Or you can always click onto the link and find out for yourself.
Find out what happened in previous years
Next Safer Internet Day 2019 will take place on Tuesday 5th February
What is Safer Internet Day?
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)
Have you stumbled across something worrying online? Do you need to tell others where to report online content which might be criminal in nature? The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) www.iwf.org.uk is the UK Safer Internet Centre’s Hotline for reporting three specific types of online criminal content:
If you’re concerned you’ve found online content which you think falls into one of these three categories, you can quickly, easily and anonymously make a report to the IWF through its website.
IWF analysts then assess every report made to them. If the report is assessed as being a child sexual abuse image or video, the IWF can work nationally and internationally to get this content removed. They also link into police, when the content is UK-hosted, to ensure any investigations can take place. If the report is assessed as being ‘obscene’ under UK law, or a non-photographic image of child sexual abuse, and these are hosted in the UK, the IWF will work with the online industry to quickly get this removed and also share the information with police.
Celebrity impersonators on social networks
Social media technologies let people connect by creating and sharing content. We examine the use of Twitter by famous people to conceptualize celebrity as a practice. On Twitter, celebrity is practiced through the appearance and performance of ‘backstage’ access. Celebrity practitioners reveal what appears to be personal information to create a sense of intimacy between participant and follower, publicly acknowledge fans, and use language and cultural references to create affiliations with followers. Interactions with other celebrity practitioners and personalities give the impression of candid, uncensored looks at the people behind the personas. But the indeterminate ‘authenticity’ of these performances appeals to some audiences, who enjoy the game playing intrinsic to gossip consumption. While celebrity practice is theoretically open to all, it is not an equalizer or democratizing discourse. Indeed, in order to successfully practice celebrity, fans must recognize the power differentials intrinsic to the relationship.
Advice on Games Consoles and Other Internet Sites
Facebook Parents, please be aware of the need to set Privacy on to your Facebook account. By using the custom settings in the privacy section, you can control what information is available about you and your child online. The custom option also enables you to preview your profile so that you can see what information people can access when looking at your profile. Remember that this needs to be done every time you upload new pictures. If you don’t do this, your new pictures can be seen by all!
Games Consoles Parental controls are available on most games consoles. Many games consoles now have internet access and enable your child to communicate with others on the web. The links below will show you how to control your child’s use of the most popular games consoles.
Playstation- http://www.psplaysafeonline.com/uk/home/ Xbox- http://support.xbox.com/en-gb/pages/xbox-live/how-to/parental-control.aspx DSI-http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/dsi/en_na/settingsParentalControls.jsp Club Penguin http://www.clubpenguin.com/parents/player_safety.htm
Game ratings Pegi provides assistance to help parents make informed decisions when purchasing games or videos for children. http://www.pegi.info/en/index/Online-gaming
Safer Internet Searching for children
When using the internet in school, content is filtered to try to ensure the children only access appropriate sites. Children are taught about online safety and what to do if they find content on the internet that makes them unhappy. If you are looking for a safer Internet search engine, there are a number of sites aimed at children. As the Internet is unregulated, we would however advise that even when using these sites children are supervised. http://www.askkids.com/ http://kids.yahoo.com/Filtering Windows has built in parental controls that allows you to control your child’s experience on line. http://www.microsoft.com/security/family-safety/childsafety-steps.aspx Another useful site for filtering the Internet and controlling the time that children spend online is the K9 web protection site. This is a free site not linked to the school. http://www.k9webprotection.com/
Useful Applications for Geo-Tagging
Geo-tagging is a function of the location services associated with your computer system, network, or mobile devices. It’s powered by the global positioning system (GPS) or satellite positioning used by your system, and based on the position and co-ordinates of the metadata, geo-tagging may be used to find location-specific destinations (e.g. shops and restaurants) or web sites and online resources.
Most social networks and their related services use some form of geo-tagging to track the location of their subscribers. This allows users to augment their posts and updates with their current location. If you’re traveling the world or visiting a new restaurant or night spot, this can be a great way to let your friends know where you are, and what you’re doing.
How To Turn It On
On your mobile devices, geo-tagging is directly governed by your Location Services (or Location & Security) settings, which need to have the option to allow tracking and reporting of your location enabled, before this function may be specified for each app that you want to use it with.
At the application level, you’ll then need to select the option to “Store Location in Pictures”, “Geo-tag Photos” or similar, depending on what app you’re using.
There’s usually a similar state of affairs on the social media platforms, with the Privacy or Location settings of your user profile governing your consent to the use of location services and geo-tagging at a higher level, followed by platform-specific lower level controls at the points where you post your updates, upload your photos, or make comments. These controls are available on both the sites themselves, and on their dedicated mobile apps.
On Facebook, there’s a location pin icon which you may use to “Check In” to a place before making a post. You can choose a location from the drop-down menu, or specify one yourself.
The “Compose New Tweet” box on Twitter has a location pin icon which you can click or tap on to pull up a list of nearby locations. The one you choose will appear underneath each tweet you subsequently post.
The caption tab on Instagram gives you the option to add a location for each video or photo that you post. The image or clip will also be saved to your personal Instagram map (in your user profile) at the chosen location.
Photos or videos on Snapchat may also be geo-tagged with fun stickers that change depending on your geographical location. You’ll need to swipe right on an image or clip to view the sticker option
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