Click here to find out about Social Media and how you can keep your children safe online.
Click here for some information about Oovoo, Kik, Snapchat and Instagram
Please see the link on the left for information about Doki Doki
Please visit the Charlie Waller charity for free information on helping teenagers with social media and depression.
Online safety webinar
Please see the links and downloads at the side of this page for more information and the latest advice and guidance.
Ditto is an online E Safety magazine offering advice and guidance for parents.
What is E-Safety?
e-Safety stands for electronic safety, it is not just about keeping safe on the internet but also keeping safe on all electronic devices such as mobile phones, television etc e-Safety means knowing about potential threats when you are online; knowing what you can and cannot (legally) do when you are online; and knowing how to protect yourself from some of the risks that are involved in using the internet. e-Safety covers 'All fixed and mobile technologies that children and young people may encounter, now and in the future, which allow them access to content and communications that could raise issues or pose risks to their wellbeing and safety'.
Use the links to the right of the page to visit the websites listed.
E-Safety at St Peter's
tudents are taught about the use of computers for educational purposes across the curriculum. This includes the best ways to gather reliable and evidence based research, how to validate findings and how to identify and ignore anomalies.
Students are also taught about the specific use of modern technologies in risk taking behaviours through the PDLS curriculum including the sessions focussed on bullying, tolerance and respect as well as the sex and relationships sessions.
Additional E Safety sessions for students have been run this year with a range of partner agencies so that the message is specific to each year group.
Week beginning 4th Feb
E Safety assemblies for all year groups led by Mike Gregory. This gave students an overview and reminded them of the risks they may face online. This will tie in with Safer Internet Day
Every year in March the top three year groups have a special assembly about sex, relationships and the use of mobile phones and the internet to access pornography and to contact each other.
360 Safe and ParentZone
Ongoing work on gaining E Safety accreditation via 360safe.org and self-accreditation through ParentZone – part of Digital Schools.
ParentZone resources including an online course for parents have been distributed.
Digital Parenting Magazines
Distributed to all students in December.
Online Safety Group
Meet once a half term to develop the schools approach to educating students and other stakeholders about online safety.
A staff training session was held on Wednesday 2nd January and was part of wider safeguarding training for staff
Childnet Digital Leaders
A group of Y10 students are trained to be Digital Leaders and will work with students at St Peter's and in local primary schools to promote positive use of the internet and social media.
General Guides to e-Safety
This is a site where parents rate social media apps and sites based on the features and their appropriateness. It describes the potential dangers and even tells at what age children should be allowed to have access to sites and apps.
An Australian website with good advice about staying safe online
Parenting in the Digital Age
Parenting in the Digital Age doesn’t need to be overwhelming. In fact, it isn’t so different to parenting in the offline world. Especially if you use the WWW approach and make sure you know:
- WHO your child is talking to online,
- WHAT they’re doing online, and
- WHERE they’re going online
ThinkUKnow for Parents and Carers
An excellent website for parents and pupils alike. Great advice on many issues such as Social Networking, Chat, Mobiles and Cyberbullying. Very good section on reporting or what to do if you or your child is worried.
Know It All for Parents (Childnet)
Another excellent site with really good advice for Parents, in many different languages. It has a video presentation which you view online or order, a glossary of internet jargon and much more.
Cyberbullying is when a person or a group of people uses the internet, mobile phones, online games or any other kind of digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else.
A website which discusses the issues around cyberbullying and offers advice on prevention and how to tackle it.
Good links to online resources and practical information.
Guides to Facebook
SOPHOS Guide to Facebook Settings
"Unlike some other social networking sites, Facebook has provided some powerful options to protect you online - but it's up to you to use them!" - Sophos.
A good site with excellent information on how to set up privacy settings and not share too much information when using Facebook. It also shows you where to change the settings, something that is not that obvious.
Facebook Explanation to Privacy Settings
"Facebook is about sharing. Our privacy controls give you the power to decide what and how much you share. Learn how to manage who can see your information on and off Facebook" - Facebook. An explanation by Facebook on its settings and what they refer to and how they can be customised.
An interesting website with a good advice section for parents on a whole range of things, not just e-Safety. The section on Facebook has some very good practical advice.
Guides to Twitter
Twitter is being used increasingly by young people to communicate to each other and as a replacement to Facebook. To the right of the page there are a number of links to informative websites which introduce parents to Twitter and explain how it can be made safe for pupils use.
Snap chat have added a new feature to their App called SnapMaps. This allows users to see each other’s locations on a map in real time. For advice on how to help make sure your son or daughter is using the app safely please follow this link:
Other Websites Offering Advice
Free Anti-Virus Software
A link to the AVG website that allows a free download of its anti-virus software. A good program with regular (daily) updates for free or the option to pay for upgraded protection.
Online SMS Dictionary
"The all-in-one resource for all your sms, txt and email acronyms"