WISE Academies believe that IT should be used as a means of enhancing learning and engaging pupils. IT is not a subject within its own right; rather skills are taught and then used across the entire curriculum. The mission of the company is to equip children for living in the 21st century. This is realised when the learning environment is resourced with up-to-date technologies and staff have the knowledge and skills to use these effectively to move learning forward.
Within school, pupils are taught about how to stay safe in our modern digital world.
The designated safeguarding officers in school are Mrs Saunders (Head Teacher), Miss Smith (Deputy Head), Mrs Partis (Deputy Head) Mrs Johnson-Burns (SENCO) Miss Pape and Miss Archer (Welfare Team) and Miss Joyce-Gibbons (Assistant Head). If you have any concerns about online safety please contact one of these members of staff.
The CEOP website contains some really important information for parents and the Childnet site gives helpful guidance on social networking for parents. The SaferInternet site also provides advice on setting up parental controls on your home computer.
The Click Clever, Click Safe site has lots of useful information about Cyberbullying.
As parents you can help by:
o having open discussions about your expectations and how to stay safe online
o closely monitoring the sites your children are accessing
o limiting the amount of time your allow your child to spend online or using gaming devices
o discouraging the use of social network sites under the legal age of 13 such as Facebook, however, if your child does use social media remind them to only communicate with friends and family (people they know and trust in the real world), and also to ensure that their privacy settings are set high and to make them aware of how to report an incident if they feel uncomfortable.
o ensuring they do not give out any personal details to people they meet online including on games consoles such as Xbox and PS3.
o take notice of PEGI ratings – age rating is there for a reason and could mean that your child is being exposed to inappropriate materials if you do not abide by them.
More information about what to do if you come across anything on the internet that concerns you, internet security and ways to enjoy the benefits of the web
www.thinkyouknow.co.uk Practical advice and guidance for children, young people, parents and carers, and professionals who work with children run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
www.childnet-int.org Childnet International is a charity that works in partnership with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.” It features practical advice about how children can enjoy the benefits of the internet and also protect themselves from online risks; with specific support for parents/carers and teachers.
www.saferinternet.org.uk UK Safer Internet Centre provides the latest advice on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly, along with a range of practical resources, news and events focussing on the safe and responsible use of the internet and new technologies.
ceop.police.uk The CEOP website. Go to this website to report concerns about a person’s online sexual behaviour, get the Click CEOP report abuse button for your web browser, and all the latest news about protecting children from abuse
facebook.com/clickceop Encourage your child to protect themselves and their friends on Facebook with the Click CEOP button
www.parentport.org.uk Have you seen or heard something which you think is unsuitable for your child? Go to ParentPort and it will direct you to the right regulator for your area of concern. ParentPort has been set up by the UK’s media regulators.
www.iwf.org.uk Go to the Internet Watch Foundation to report any criminal content online inlcluding child sexual abuse images or incitement to racial hatred
www.getsafeonline.org For advice about filtering, setting parental control software to prevent viruses and SPAM on your home computers and how to avoid online rip-offs. Regular updates through the Get Safe Online blog.
www.pegi.info Provided by the Pan-European Game Information service, PEGI is a quick way to find the age ratings for computer games designed for Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony games consoles
http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/e-safety JISC Regional Support Centre good practice website with resources for raising awareness and planning e-safety for professionals working in the FE/HE/ACL/WBL sectors, as well as advice on meeting legal and inspection requirements