The Internet is now available to be accessed in many ways through computers, laptops, TVs and phones. Safety is a priority for students and families accessing the World Wide Web. A priority for the Academy, therefore, is to promote safe and responsible use of the Internet.
As new devices and ways of connecting to the Internet are now being commonly used, the Academy has taken the opportunity of reviewing its existing policies and procedures. The policy will be posted on the academy website with a reminder of key points in every student planner.
One of the main developments over the past year is the use of social media sites and the Academy will be focussing its work on this area. To help parents/carers, the website will also have short clips on how to set parental controls and permissions to help promote safe use. There is information on what to do if you suspect your child is being cyber-bullied or viewing inappropriate images, texts or content.
As a Academy, we take our responsibilities on e-Safety very seriously and we are putting in place a system of annual training and use of monitoring equipment to ensure that your child uses the Internet safely and responsibly.
By using technology like mobiles or the internet, this type of bullying can affect someone not just at school, but at home as well. Because it takes place in the virtual world, it has a 24/7 nature and can make someone feel upset or threatened in their own home.
It can sometimes be hard to identify who the cyberbully is because they could block their number or post things on a website anonymously. The nature of this type of bullying means it can have a large audience, many of whom may not even realise they are being bullies.
A positive thing about this kind of bullying is that it can be evidenced. With normal bullying, it can be one person’s word against another’s, but with cyberbullying you can save texts or print our emails / IM’s / WebPages. This can be used as proof to catch the bully and stop them upsetting someone; this could be you or a friend.
For more information on Cyber Bullying please Click Here.
Reflections focuses on the tragic story of Izzy Dix - a 14-year-old who took her own life after being snubbed by schoolmates and targeted on the web. Click Here to view our video created by HACA students.
Keeping your child safe from Child Sexual Exploitation - Click Here for more information.
National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. The CEOP Command works to protect children from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation both online and offline.
This link has been developed to offer children, young people, parents/carers and professionals working with these groups with a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting known or suspected child sexual exploitation or child sexual abuse directly to CEOP. Click the logo to access more information.
Click the following link for information from NSPCC regarding E-Safety for 8-12 year olds - Click Here
Families can visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations.
Families can also use the website to access the CEOP Safety Centre (www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre) where they can report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP.
If you have any concerns regarding this subject, then please contact reception on 01977 624220