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Online Safety

We consider online safety (or 'Internet Safety' or 'e-safety' as it is sometimes called) is extremely important for all our students, as well as for our staff, parents and the community.

In school we employ a wide range of methods, tools and technologies to ensure that our students and staff remain safe when online. 

We also recognise that people are now online in many different ways and times (e.g. through gaming consoles, watches, smartphones, TV's, car  stereo systems, and even household appliances!), and so gone are the days of being able to protect children by ‘blocking’ unsafe or unsuitable content.

Children, and adults, are best educated on how to keep themselves safe online, and to learn how to recognise for themselves the dangers and how to avoid them, and so we provide guidance, advice and information to not only our students, but to ther parents and the wider community.

On this page you will find information and links which are applicable to everyone, not just students at Westbourne.  

 

SHARP - reporting system


Sharp screenshotSHARP is our confidential online reporting system, for anyone to use to report anything they feel unhappy about, or to ask for advice. 

You can access SHARP here - Access SHARP.

Anyone can access the reporting system from within the academy or from home, and it is completely confidential.

If you have a problem, need a hand, want advice or don't know what to do - you can use our SHARP reporting system today. It could be a problem at school or at home, with your family or friends, or in the local community.

The system also includes various pages of advice and videos on all aspects of safety and wellbeing, including bullying, sexting, e-safety, posting photos/videos online, social media, SPAM etc.

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Online safety

Westbourne Academy is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students, staff and visitors, and we employ a number of different strategies and tools to help keep users safe. 

The tools we use are there to protect students from the risks of online working, and include measures such as key word detection as well as various blocks and filters, to ensure that acceptable boundaries can be imposed. 

Safeguarding our students and staff is critical and basic filtering is no longer sufficient. Simply blocking internet access not only closes off the opportunity to gain access to valuable learning resources, so we favour a 'monitor and educate' approach, in line with the UK government’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ statutory guidance, in order to educate our users and promote safer behaviour online, both in and out of school.

 

Support for Students and parents

We surveyed parents to ask if they would like guidance and advice on e-safety and they confirmed they would. They said that they would prefer this information to be accessed via our website, via email and social media. Our newsletters often include up-to-date e-safety advice for students and parents, and we also regularly post e-safety information, links, and tips on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

See also the links at the bottom of this page. 

 

Extremism

Messages of hate can take many forms, and extremist groups use them t/Students/Internet-Safety/ESS_Esafety_Factsheet.pdfo recruit young people.

We all want our students to live in a safe and loving environment, and we already know that they can be vulnerable to risks both inside and outside the home, in the physical and online world, and we are all taking steps to protect them, and to help them protect themselves.

Protecting young people from radicalisation and extremism is similar to protecting them from the other harms you may be more familiar with, such as drugs or online dangers.

For some great information to help you understand the issues and how to protect you/your child,we suggest you visit http://www.educateagainsthate.com/parents/ 

 

Internet Safety

For many people growing up in the Digital world, the Internet feels like a safe place to be. It seems like second nature to log in and use the internet to browse, chat to friends, find homework, read about cool places to be and great things to do, but besides the millions of sites to visit and things you can do the Internet is also a place where it is really easy to waste time and it can even be dangerous. Some of the places that you visit on line might even be places where you could get into trouble.

When you use chat rooms please remember that some people want to use these places to find out things about you that you wouldn't normally want to share with people you have never met before. So please be careful about just who you share your private information like your address, phone number, mobile number and even your email address with as some people use this information to cause you harm.

The information is a really easy way for you to find out which films are at a cinema next week, check out Suffolk One College or to find information about a job. You could even use it to find out where Martin Luther King was born or how King Henry VIIIs wives died, but remember that not all information on the internet is trust worthy or reliable.

When you use the internet try to remain as anonymous as possible. That means keeping all private information private. Remember that the Internet is not a private place even if it seems like one. Anything you place on the internet could be taken down and used against you or manipulated. Your photographs may not stay the way you remember them!

If anyone in a chat room ever asks you things that make you feel uncomfortable, then exit and tell a parent or other adult right away so they can report the incident.

If anyone ever bullies you online; like posting messages on the internet, creating a Facebook page about you or even sending you nasty emails then get help from a parent or trusted adult.

If you ever receive emails from people that you don't know then think very carefully before you open them. Sometimes people can attach harmful programs to files that you download and these could damage your computer; they might even let people spy on you.


Don't forget to let ICT help you too by investing in Spam filters, Firewalls and Anti Virus software. There are some free and/or reasonably cheap but effective products available now. If you want help or advice please contact the ICT Department.

 

 

Further online safety links and support

For more information you could access www.thinkuknow.comThink U Know logo

 

If you want to report a crime then click http://www.thinkuknow.com/11_16/report/

 

Another great resource for parents and students is: www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/e-safety/ 

 

E-Safety Fact Sheet for Parents (PDF icon 30kb)

 

There is also a great interactive activity on the BBC Bitesize website: 
www.bbc.co.uk/education/guides/zrtrd2p/activity

 

CEOP also produced great online safety resources to support families. It features a range of articles and guidance on how to protect children online:
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents

 

Vodafone UK produce a regular 'Digital Parenting' magazine, which we provide free to all our students. You can view the latest copy by clicking the link below:
View the latest Vodafone UK 'Digital Parenting' Magazine

You can also read all the back copies of the magazine here:
Check out back copies of the  Vodafone UK 'Digital Parenting' Magazine