At Campion School we regard the safety of our students as our number one priority. Increasingly the issues surround E-Safety are now dominating the national headlines. We regularly brief students about the importance of knowing how to use social media and the Internet. We work closely with the county council in educating our staff, students and parents. We have attached here some guidance provided to us by Northamptonshire County Council from their E-Safety team and encourage you to familiarise yourself with it. Above all we don’t want to be alarmist in raising awareness in this issue, but we feel as a school that cares about its students, forewarned is forearmed. If you would like to discuss any elements of E-Safety please contact Stephen King, Assistant Head at firstname.lastname@example.org
Northamptonshire County Council E-Safety awareness session
CEOP 'Back to School' Internet Safety Campaign
The attached letter has been produced by CEOP (The Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre) to advise parents and carers of the steps they can adopt to help safeguard their children when they are online.
Facebook and clickCEOP
As you may have seen in the press, Facebook and the CEOP Centre have joined forces to make young people safer online by launching the new ‘ClickCEOP’ application
Webcams can be a great way for you and other people that you are talking to online to see each other. If an online friend does not show themself on webcam, think carefully about whether it is a good idea to allow them to see you. Ask yourself the question, 'Do they not have a webcam or are they simply trying to hide their true identity?' If in doubt, turn your camera off.
Do you know the dangers?
Do you know how to keep safe online? Dangers include...
• Bullying & Abuse
• Identity Theft
• Password Theft
• Masquerading - people pretending to be someone they're not
You cannot control how information published on the web will be used. It could be used against you.
• NEVER post personal information online (e.g. address, full name, age). Keep it general.
• NEVER upload images/videos that others would not approve of
• Social networking: Keep your personal profile PRIVATE
• Make sure you KNOW who is on your buddy list (and they're not a fake!)
• Keep passwords PRIVATE and difficult to guess, e.g. use numbers and letters
• Report any abuse - responsible adult, teacher or www.thinkuknow.co.uk
• Keep internet security software up-to-date
• NEVER open emails or email attachments unless you are SURE you know what they are
What to do...
If you are worried about something that happens online...
• KEEP the evidence
• BLOCK or IGNORE any bullying. DO NOT retaliate! It'll only make it worse.
• Report it.
The Government has launched an internet safety campaign based on the message 'Zip it, Block it, Flag it' - to remind teachers, students and parents how to stay safe online. For more information, visit: http://direct.gov.uk/clickcleverclicksafe
"Cyber bullying" refers to any bullying that takes place using electronic means. It is wrong. There are a range of offences to do with harassing or threatening individuals. If you bully others then you are likely to get into serious trouble. Electronic communication can be tracked. If you are cyber-bullied then report it.