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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, Senior Leader who is our e safety child protection officer, or email him on: email@example.com (FAO: For attention of Mr Newall)
Safer Internet Week:
Tuesday 6th February 2018 is 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.
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.
Cyberbullying help and advice
Celebrity impersonators on social networks
You may have heard of a trend of celebrities and politicians being impersonated through fake twitter accounts or other social media profiles. Anecdotally, there are also common reports of people using false video feeds on sites like Chatroulette or Omegle to convince users that they are in a video conversation with a celebrity. Whilst in some cases this behaviour takes the form of a malicious prank, CEOP has received a number of reports of young people befriending and communicating with people they believe are real celebrities – fake accounts for Justin Bieber are a common example.
Those working with children and young people who use social networks should be aware that by accepting friend requests, or seeking to be friends with these false profiles, young people are putting themselves at risk of inappropriate contact. Fake accounts should be reported to the social network, and suspicious behaviour or contact can be reported to CEOP.
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 everytime 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/
Geo-tagging Smart Phones and Social Networking
Many smart phones (apples, android and blackberry phones) now come with Geo-tagging facilities. Geo-tagging is a location based program that identifies the location of the user. It can be used to locate where a photograph was taken or where a person happens to be at a particular time. This can have implications when using this facility with social networking sites.
When uploading photographs from smart phones and some cameras, some social networking sites will also give the location of where the photograph was taken. An example of this is the Facebook ‘Check in’ facility. If you have a Facebook account, you may have seen people ‘check-in’ to locations. By clicking on the check in, the location of the user at this time is shown on a map. We thought it was therefore important to ensure that parents are aware of this feature.
It is therefore advisable to turn off the Geo-tagging facility on phones that belong to children. In the links section, we have provided some links that gives more information on this feature.
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