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Internet Safety / CEOP

E-SAFETY FOR PARENTS

It is important that our students learn about how to stay safe online and that is why it is part of the Computing curriculum studied in Year 7. Students are given refresher lessons in Year 8 and 9.
However, it is also important that parents have the right information so that they can spot any issues that might arise at home.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents is a parent website which looks to answer all of your questions and provide you with the essential information that you need to ensure that your child stays safe when they are using the internet. Please do take a moment to read through this website.

The internet is a wonderful resource for pupils because information is easily accessible. They can use it to research; to communicate; and to play interactive games.
However, it is very important to be aware that any information shared on the  internet leaves a permanent footprint. Moreover, when communicating, all users have to remember that the true identity of the person with whom they are communicating may not be who they say they are.

It can be difficult for parents and carers to keep their children safe. One easy way to control access to the internet at home is to contact your Internet Service Provider for advice and guidance. For instance, ‘Talk Talk’ provide a free tool called HomeSafe, which gives parents and carers control over the type of websites the household can access, across every single device that connects to the internet. Other service providers have similar tools to control internet provision in the home.

With all portable devices it is advisable to set security restrictions, before giving access to a child.

Vodafone have produced a magazine with a wealth of information about the digital world we are all living in today. Click the Vodafone Digital Parenting Guide to learn more.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) have written various guides for parents and carers. A summary of the key points are: do not give out personal information; keep your full name, address, mobile number, email address, school name and friends’ full names secret, to prevent strangers using this information; keep passwords and usernames secret; never use your full name as a login; make passwords difficult to guess, do not use names or dates of birth of family members. CEOP make the important point that messages sent from mobiles have the phone number attached to them. It is important to think about what is sent, especially if photographs are attached. Weblink – CEOP Parent/Carers information

Did you know that games have ratings?

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) have ratings that are designed to provide concise and impartial information about the content in computer and video games. This is to enable parents and carers to make informed purchase decisions. ESRB ratings have two equal parts: rating symbols (on the front of the video game box) that give age appropriate advice about the game.  Content descriptors (on the back) highlight the elements in a game that may be of interest or concern.

The ESRB also offers “rating summaries”. This is a supplementary source of information about game content that parents and carers can use when considering purchasing a game for a child. Rating summaries are accessible via the ESRB website at www.esrb.org and from the store using ESRB’s free mobile app.

Below is a list of useful resources giving information on how to control family settings on various gaming consoles available today:

Sony Playstation – http://uk.playstation.com/ps3/support/general/detail/linked233999/item391100/Parental-controls/

Microsoft Xbox – http://www.getgamesmart.com/tools/familysettings/ and http://www.getgamesmart.com/tools/setcontrols/

Nintendo DS, 3DS – http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/3ds/en_na/ht_settings.jsp

Nintendo Wiihttp://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/wii/en_na/ht_settings.jsp

Internet Settings

The internet has brought the world into our homes and is a veritable treasure trove of information for all the family to explore. From accessing information to online gaming, messaging and researching, our children can gain a lot from the web.  But at the same time it’s essential we ensure they use it responsibly and take measures to protect them from potentially harmful content.

Click here to learn more about Internet safety for children.







Social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace have exploded in recent years and young surfers in particular have become ardent fans of this dynamic and high-tech way to connect with the wider world around them, communicating with friends and hooking up with like-minded people. But as with everything in the virtual world, parents do need to understand how their children are interacting on social networking sites, and be sure their children know what to do if if they have experience a bad or dangerous situation.Click here to view information about social networking sites, what they are and how they are accessed. Also highlighted are potential dangers to be aware of and how to protect your child while they visit such websites.

iPhone Security

The iPhone itself has the ability to share and store vast types of information through communication modes, especially through apps and Internet tools.  This means that it will hold personal and financial information, business information, Contacts, and, at times, sensitive materials that you would not want outside parties having access to.  Whether it is in the case of a stolen iPhone, or simply one that a person is trying to access without your knowledge, you may want to ensure that your content is protected.

iPhone Restriction setting information can be found here.

Safari web settings

By default, Safari is set to show some of the features of the web, like some movies, animation, and web applications. You may wish to turn off some of these features to help protect your privacy and your device from possible security risks on the Internet.

Click here to find out more about Safari web settings.

As part of our on-going Sex and Relationships (SRE) programme, Barnardo’s R-U-Safe? delivered awareness raising sessions to Years 7 and 8 at Great Marlow School.  The service works with young people in Buckinghamshire to promote safety, healthy relationships, reduce risky behaviour and increase self-worth and self-esteem, so as to raise their aspirations and enable them to make positive choices for the future.

Students had the opportunity during the workshops to consider issues of internet safety, child sexual exploitation and grooming, building on the work currently covered in several areas of our curriculum.

As a result of the sessions, we would like to highlight some useful resources:

For students and parents, if you want to find out more about staying safe when using Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter or Instagram, visit these pages for useful advice:

For parents, if you would like to find out more about what child sexual exploitation is, how to spot the signs, how to support your child and how to report it and stop it, you can visit www.ruwise2it.co.uk

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