On Line Safety
Online Safety is an important aspect of safeguarding at Wallington High School for Girls, and is covered through our Personal Development Curriculum throughout the year. We also deliver annual workshops for all students and parents around online safety, as it is an ever changing landscape and it is important that parents, carers, staff and students are kept informed and up to date. Below are some documents to help parents and carers support their children to stay safe online.
Good practices include, keeping your username and password safe and not sharing with others. Never give out personal information like your name, age, address and school. You must tell a trusted adult if someone or something has made you feel uncomfortable or worried whilst on the Internet.
The purpose of this page is to raise awareness and understanding of Online Safety issues amongst students and ensure parents/carers have the relevant information available so they can support their child. It is important that students understand how to keep themselves safe online and that parents discuss this issue regularly with their children.
Good practices include, keeping your username and password safe and not sharing with others. Never give out personal information like your name, age, address and school. Stay in control of your online reputation. You must tell a trusted adult if someone or something has made you feel uncomfortable or worried whilst on the Internet.
Please click on the link above for sound advice on Balancing Screen time.
The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together to produce these helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider.
Staying Safe Online: Parental control software
The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. They are here to help, if you are a young person and you or your friend have been forced or tricked into doing something online, or in the real world.
They also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit their Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button
Learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family online.
Know IT All for Parents is a unique interactive e-safety guide for parents and carers produced by Childnet International. It's designed to really help you as a parent or carer keep up to date with how children are using the internet, and support them in using these new exciting services safely and responsibly.
A Parent’s Guide to Facebook
It’s designed to help you understand what Facebook is and how to use it safely. With it, you will be better informed and able to communicate with young Facebook users in your life.
UK Safer Internet Centre, where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.
Staying Safe Online
- We recommend that children are supervised while using the Internet.
It is possible to buy software which will restrict access to ‘harmful sites’. Most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will also provide an element of ‘filtering’ to avoid unsuitable content; but you need to set it up.
- No system will remove all unsuitable material.
It is important that your children know what to do if they come across any material that they feel uncomfortable with. REPORT IT.
Some search engines are set up specifically for children to use such as:
Students should not give out personal details about themselves or others. This includes: full name, address, ‘phone numbers, email addresses etc.
- Students should never make arrangements to meet anyone over the net.
- Students should never give anyone else their password.
People should not give out bank / card details unless they have checked that the site is trustworthy and that they have anti-spyware installed on the computer.
Webspace (free web areas such as MySpace):
There are a large number of people offering free webspace at the moment. While this is great for developing creativity, it also has dangers.
- Free areas are easy to upload information to; and many target young people in their marketing.
- Free areas often invite others to view your areas / galleries etc. While it is good to share, people need to consider who may have access to these areas. Avoid giving out personal details about yourself or others.
(Examples of free webspace… www.zorpia.com, www.bebo.com, www.myspace.com There are areas of these sites and adverts which you may consider inappropriate.)
Chatrooms / Forums / MSN:
These have many uses but also have many dangers. It is very hard to know whether the person is really as they say they are. Even if the name is someone you know, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your friend is the person doing the typing!
- It is also not always clear who else is ‘listening’ in to your conversation.
There are usually ‘moderators’ who you can contact if you are unhappy with anything in a forum or chatroom
This is a rapidly developing area and can have the same dangers as chat rooms. This is particularly true of role-play type games. In this case people are very unlikely to be who they say they are!
- There are usually moderators you can contact if you are unhappy with anything.
- Never give out personal details or arrange to meet someone.
On-line games are not restricted to computers.
Avoid opening emails from unrecognised sources. Never open attachments without checking who they are from and whether they are likely to be safe.
- Emails may carry viruses.
- Most anti-virus programs will scan emails for spam (unsolicited, bulk mail); as well as viruses.
Avoid using CC (Carbon Copy) or the ‘To’ box when sending to multiple addresses. Instead use BCC (Blind Carbon Copy). You can set up a group; put your own address in the ‘To’ box and the name of your group in the BCC box. This offers some protection in that people don’t automatically see everyone else’s email address.
Unfortunately, bullies like new technology just the same as everyone else. Children need to be very careful about who they give mobile ‘phone numbers to; what they upload (if anything); who they give email addresses to etc.
- Texting; using camera ‘phones; setting up websites about people; MSN; and group emailing are all ways that are being used by some bullies.
- If it happens – tell someone immediately, save all evidence you can.
- The school has the Share Aware page on the school website – please encourage them to use this to report any issue relating to bullying either online or in person.
The h2b Safer Guide on KIK 10 things you NEED to know about KIK
Kik is a controversial messaging app popular with children and young people. When we carry out our routine reviews, product and online decoy testing we’ve found that it appears to be an app of choice for predators. Why? Well read on…
What is Kik?
Kik is an instant messaging app where users send messages over the Internet via Wi-Fi or a data plan. It can be a fun, free alternative to texting.
Kik enables users to chat one-on-one with others, to create their own personal groups or to chat in public or private groups with up to 50 members: it’s one of the things that makes Kik so appealing for young users.
Please click here for the KIK Guide which gives all relevant information.