E-Safety at Clacton County High School

E-Safety Update – Social Networking

Many students have people in their “friends” list on social networking accounts who they do not actually know. We advise that our students delete "friends" from Facebook, or similar social networking accounts, if they do not know them in person, and are not actually friends with them.
The dangers of having strangers on these sites are increasingly concerning. Our staff have supported a number of our students through differing social networking incidents and we know that there are still some students who are accepting strangers as "friends".
Parents, please encourage your children to:
1. Delete anyone who they do not know in person as a friend.
2. Talk to yourselves or staff at school if they feel compromised.
3. Report anything they feel uncomfortable about to CEOP(Child Exploitation & Online Protection); there is a link above

Please take this advice very seriously and parents should be vigilant.

It has also come to our attention that following upgrades sometimes the privacy levels on Social Media sites revert back to the original settings leaving accounts vulnerable. Students who have not appropriately set their privacy settings on social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are liable to have their pictures or details from these websites come up in a Google search. This means that any picture a student uploads to one of these websites will be open for anyone to see and people viewing the picture could find out when and where the picture was taken. Please can we encourage you to check the privacy settings on your child’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts or any other social media sites they are signed up to.

We take E-Safety very seriously at CCHS

CCHS E-Safety Advice for Parents and CarersAt Clacton County High we educate and protect our students in their use of ICT and the internet. We aim to constantly reinforce the responsibilities that our students have when surfing the web through ICT lessons, PSHE lessons and Year Group Assemblies.

Within school, filtered internet usage is regularly monitored.

Obviously, we can only provide these safeguards within school – it is equally important that students are encouraged to use the internet safely and responsibly on mobile devices and outside of school.
It is vital that parents and carers also keep abreast of the latest developmentsin technology that now present our children with new dangers - Visit InternetMatters and the UK Safer Internet Centre for the UK Safer Internet Centrelatest information.

“The risks that children face may have changed but basic parenting skills remain the same” is the central message from the UK’s national centrefor child protection – the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. The use of online social networking sites and instant messaging apps is increasing, it is vital to remember that while the internet is a great resource, it is unfortunately open to abuse. As technology moves forward so do the criminals and risks can appear where they have not been before.
Get Safe Online
CEOP commissioned a MORI poll that showed around 80% of UK children aged between 5-15 years are regularly online everyday, while OFCOM findings for the same age group reveals that 61% of parents had failed to set adequate online controls or didn’t have filters in place to keep their children safe. (For more information about protecting your computer, identity and your children on-line go to 'Get Safe on Line').

Parents fear of understanding technology still seems to be a major obstacle so the CEOP has gone back to the 50’s with newly styled material that encourages parents to take their parenting skills into the online world.

The online show – "The Parents’ and Carers' Guide to the Internet" - takes a light hearted but thought provoking look at internet safety from a parental point of view. It provides practical advice on what children may be doing online, covers issues that are sometimes hard to discuss and helps parents talk to their child about online worlds that for the child are often very private and vitally integral to their lives.

Further highly recommended and comprehensive e-Safety information can be found on the 'Who is Hosting This' website; including information guides for parents about Snapchat, Kik and Ask.FM

A simple Message from CEOP - "Protect your Online Identity Profile"

For further information and practical advice on staying safe on-line, please take the time to visit the following websites:

For Parents / Carers:-
**Highly Recommended** Comprehensive Internet & e-Safety Guide for Parents
esafety Info - Cyberbullying **Recommended** eSafety Guide - 'Who is Hosting This'
**Recommended** Parents Guide to Protecting Kids Online
**Recommended** UK Safer Internet Centre
**Recommended** Internet Matters
**Recommended** Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation
**Recommended** - Cyberbullying
**Recommended** - Cyberbullying
esafety Info - SextingThe Breck Foundation
Childnet International - Know IT all for parents
Parents Centre – Using computers and the internet
CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
Virtual Global Task Force - Making the internet a safer place

File Downloads:
**Recommended** What's the Problem? - Support for Parents of young people who have got into trouble online
**Recommended** Help for parents with young people with problematic sexual behaviour
**Recommended** Knowing these 'secret' sexting codes could help you protect your child

For Students & Parents / Carers:-
**Recommended** Parent - Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online
CEOP Channel on YouTube
esafety Info - iOS Web - Cyberbullying
Childnet International - ChildNet Hub for Young People
Childnet International - Cyberbullying 'Let's Fight it Together'
BBC Bitesize - eSafety Information
BBC Bitesize - eSafety Activity
TUK? – Think U Know

Useful 'Know Where to Go....' films on CEOP's YouTube Channel:-
Report a video to YouTube for Removal
Report a picture or video to Facebook for Removal
Report Internet content to the Internet Watch Foundation

Self Taken Images - 'Sexting'

Someone taking an indecent image of themselves, and sending it to their friends or boy/girlfriend via a mobile phone or some other form of technology is sometimes referred to as ‘sexting’.

Once these images have been taken and sent to others, control is lost of them and they can end up anywhere. They could be seen by friends and family, a future employer, or even, in some cases, end up in the possession an offender!

This also puts that person who originally sent the images in a vulnerable position, as somebody they may or may not know now has these images and could use technology to bully, harass or even try to locate them.

Just think – if you wouldn’t print and pass these images around your school or show your mum or dad, they are not appropriate to share via phone or other technologies.

Reporting abuse

CEOPThe symbol on the 'Report Abuse' button, which looks a bit like an eye on legs, represents the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), a group of law enforcement agencies who work together to fight online abuse relating to children. If you click on the button you will be reporting a problem directly to someone at CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency) You are then likely to be contacted by a social worker or a police officer, to talk through your report in more detail. They need to do this to make sure you are safe. It is also a good idea to talk to your parents about your report to CEOP, although if your report concerns a family member, CEOP will not make contact with them until an investigation has been completed.

If you do not want to make a report by pressing the button but are still worried about something online, then please talk to your Year Leader, Student Support Assistant at school, or to an adult you can trust.