The internet is a brilliant place to connect with others, to be creative and to discover new things. In order to stay safe and to enjoy the many wonderful opportunities to engage in the world of social media it is vital to follow basic e-safety guidelines.
From this September, Ofsted has issued new guidelines in regards to e-safety provision in schools. This basically means that during an inspection, Ofsted will be on the look out for how the Academy protects and educates staff and pupils in its use of technology, and what measures the Academy has in place to intervene and support should a particular issue arise.
The Hyndburn Academy is keen to promote the safe, and responsible, use of communication and interactive communication technologies. As such, all Year 7 and 8 students study the importance of E-safety as part of their learning within the New Technologies faculty.
Potential risks can include, but are not limited to:
- Bullying by peers and people they consider ‘friends’
- Posting personal information that can identify and locate a child offline
- Sexual grooming, luring, exploitation and abuse contact with strangers
- Exposure to inappropriate and/or illegal content
- Involvement in making or distributing illegal or inappropriate content
- Theft of personal information
- Exposure to information and interaction with others who encourage self-harm
- Exposure to racist or hate material
- Encouragement of violent behaviour, such as ‘happy slapping’
- Glorifying activities such as drug taking or excessive drinking
- Physical harm to young people in making video content, such as enacting and imitating stunts and risk taking activities
- Leaving and running away from home as a result of contacts made online
For more information regarding E-Safety visit the following website. It has information regarding E-Safety and is a massive step in providing E-Safety information and protecting children online. It is managed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) multi agency service which includes the Police Force. http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk