“We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media, the question is how well we do it.”
Erik Qualman (writer and Pultizer Prize Nominee)
Online and social media experiences present fantastic opportunities and innovative approaches but they also come with real threats and dangers which it is all too easy to fall prey to.
This means that the school seeks not only to open (or in many ways just extend) the online options out there, but also to ensure that our students keep as safe as possible as they venture into the world of the internet.
The school places a high emphasis on E-Safety and this is reflected in us holding the E-Safety Mark as part of the award-winning 360 Degrees Safe scheme.
The real strength of the accreditation is that it has to be regularly updated so that there is no option to think you have E-Safety cracked and can sit back – the online world changes far too quickly for that.
All students receive comprehensive guidance on E-Safety, ranging from curriculum provision in ICT to PSHEE sessions, and tutor time guidance to Focus Week projects.
The students are further protected by high-quality firewalls and monitoring by our Network Team.
Elsewhere, parents receive E-Safety guidance through the school website, Twitter, newsletters and stalls and support sessions at parents’ evenings.
Ten Easy Steps to Stay Safe Online
The following easy steps act as a good basis to keep safe online and are taken from the Safety Net Kids website:
- Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
- Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible.
- Never give out your passwords.
- Don’t befriend people you don’t know.
- Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do.
- Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
- Think carefully about what you say before you post something online.
- Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude.
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
What Should You Do If You / Your Child is Being Bullied Online ?
We would encourage all students / parents to speak up about any problems they are facing by either:
- Speaking to your Tutor.
- Speaking to Student Support.
- Speaking to your Achievement Co-Ordinator.
- Speaking to any member of staff who you feel comfortable with.
- Emailing email@example.com.
Further information about E-Safety can be accessed via:
For more information about E-Safety provision, please contact Steve Neale, Deputy Safeguarding Lead, via firstname.lastname@example.org.