ESAFETY AT SCHOOL
We keep children eSafe at school both by using electronic protections and by teaching them how to stay safe online.
FILTERING AND MONITORING SYSTEMS
Internet access at school is filtered using blocklists provided by our Internet firewall provider (Sonicwall). These lists are based on those recommended by the UK Safer Internet Centre for Child Sexual Abuse Content, Terrorism Content, Adult Content and also Offensive Language. We regularly check that our systems are using these lists and we also review websites frequently visited from devices in school. Any inappropriate sites are added to an additional blocklist.
School devices, whether used on site or outside of school are monitored for inappropriate use using Smoothwall Monitor. This system monitors keyboard input and other activity and alerts safeguarding staff in school who then investigate these alerts.
ONLINE SAFETY HUB
All Trust schools, including ours now have free access for all parents/carers to an online safety hub provided by Smoothwall: https://russelleducationtrust.onlinesafetyhub.uk
This is a brand-new resource with lots of expert advice and guidance to help you manage your child’s safety online.
It includes information on the latest hot topics when it comes to keeping children safe, such as how to manage your child’s screen time, understand the latest gaming platforms, what they mean for your child’s safety and lots more.
Qustodio is part of Smoothwall and provide online filtering and monitoring services to parents/carers for your devices. Details of this and the online safety hub are in this document.
There is also a subscription version with additional features and that will manage even more devices. If you do subscribe, please use the discount code at the end of the linked file.
HOW TO REPORT HARMFUL CONTENT
STUDENT ONLINE ACTIVITY
Students work online within the protections of the filtering and monitoring systems above. They do have email accounts provided by Microsoft in order to access Teams and various online learning resources. The email accounts themselves are isolated from both sending and receiving outside of Russell Education Trust schools. Students may therefore only interact with other students and staff from the Trust through Microsoft Services and these interactions are monitored and can be logged.
During lessons and for homework, students may need to visit websites in order to undertake some learning activities. The websites planned for use are detailed on the curriculum pages of each subject. Occasionally teachers may ask students to visit other websites.
SAFE INTERNET USE
People use the internet every day for a variety of things. It is a wonderful invention and a great educational resource. One of the most common uses of the internet is to contact friends and communicate with each other. At Becket Keys Church of England School we pride ourselves on being respectful towards others and we have a few golden rules about using the internet safely and responsibly:
- If you’re posting online, stop and think about a teacher, your mum, dad or carer reading it. If that would feel uncomfortable or embarrassing don’t post it!
- If you’re posting online, stop and think how you would feel if that post was written about you. If that feels uncomfortable or embarrassing don’t post it!
- Make sure your pages are secure. Use the privacy settings so that only friends you trust and family can see your pages.
- Don’t ask people you don’t know to be your friend.
- Remember that your personal information and posts can be accessed through the pages of your friends.
- Use a nickname rather than your real name on more open sites like Twitter.
- Make sure you have a really secure password that includes letters, CAPITALS and numb3r5.
- Never share personal information, like your phone number or address.
- Be careful what videos and photos you upload. Once they’re online other people can view them and download them.
- Your digital footprint will last forever.
The student code of conduct states that at Becket Keys Church of England we “expect behaviour that supports learning and creates a caring environment where we feel safe, secure and supported.”
This applies online as well as in school so if you are using the internet in a way that has a negative impact on a student (e.g. cyberbullying) or brings the school into disrepute then there will be consequences potentially you could even be excluded.
If you are concerned about something on the internet, then report it to CEOP.
For additional information check out: http://www.thinkyouknow.co.uk