E-Safety is about using information and communication technologies in a safe and responsible way. It is mainly concerned with the safeguarding of young people. However, it is also about safeguarding ourselves as adults.
The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.
The Click CEOP button 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.
The Cotswold School is very proud of its 360 degree accreditation in online safety.
To achieve this E Safety Mark, the school underwent a robust e-safety audit, ensuring that we are not just compliant with current e-safety legislation but that we are vigilant, ensure we are informed and importantly, we take steps to inform our school community.
You will see e-safety updates in our school newsletter and also via our social media pages on facebook and twitter. You will also note that our e-safety messages are often linked to our messages regarding anti-bullying. We are all painfully aware of cyber-bullying and the damaging role it can play in young people’s lives.
Bullying in any form at our school will not be tolerated.
Young people are natives in the online world (much more so than many adults) and we recognise that most of our students are unaware of life without Games Consoles, email, facebook, twitter, instagram, iPads, mobile phones and more. It is no surprise then that 70% of parents of children aged 12-15 feel that their children know more about the internet than they do.
We recognise that the online world is not just a fantastic tool when used sensibly and responsibly – it is very much part of education and the bright futures that our pupils will enjoy. Used in the wrong way, however, we are open to cyber-bullying, unwanted contact/grooming, identity theft and harmful content/illegal material.
Some SOCIAL MEDIA security tips and guidance to live by:
On Facebook, ensure that security settings are set to “Friends only” so that only those approved as “Friends” will be able to see photos and posts.
These “Friends” need to be people you actually know and trust in the real world.
Find out how many friends your child/children have on their social media accounts? Is it realistic?
Only post content and images that you would be happy to show your parents, grandparents or a future employer.
Encourage your child to be “Friends” with you on Facebook, it will help you to see who they are talking to and what they are doing.
Where possible help your child set up their Facebook profile and add your email as the main contact if at all possible.
The starting age for Facebook and Instagram is 13 years old
Be aware of account impersonation – when a person sets up a fake account in another’s name. This can have grave consequences and is used by cyber-bullies, trolls and predators.
Check your privacy settings monthly!
Personal information should not be shared! Treated personal information like a computer password and should not be shared with anybody (other than parents/carers).
Disable or cover webcams with a sticker when not in use, even when the device is switched off.
It is against the law to make abusive, threatening/violent, indecent or discriminatory comments/acts via any social media platform or to promote or repeat any of the same.
Report any instances immediately to the website host and/or to the police.
All social media sites have safety pages and security tips for Parents!
Some ONLINE GAMING security tips:
Ensure gaming content is age appropriate!
Where possible leave all online gaming devices in a family space
Set Parental Controls
Set time limits for how long your child can spend online
Be aware that people lie online and are not always who they say they are.
MOBILE PHONE security tips:
Beware: images can be taken and uploaded onto a computer in seconds
Do not give out personal numbers, location or details.
Sending offensive photographs or messages to other people is against the law.
Protect your phone with a PIN number or keep your key pad locked.