E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe. Security measures are put into place in school to help safeguard our pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material.
We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents and carers to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. Your help is needed to talk to your children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.
You can read our E-Safety Policy on our Statutory Information page here.
There is often a lot of press about Facebook and issues around personal safety, privacy and identity theft.
Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities says that you need to be 13 years old to have a Facebook account. If a child under this age has an account then it has been obtained dishonestly (sometimes with an adult's knowledge) and this is considered as fraud.
In the interest of child protection and safety within Safeguarding legislation, it is our duty to notify appropriate organisations if we become aware of any pupil of Craven Primary Academy operating Facebook accounts. However, we are bound to inform you of an application (ClickCEOP) that can be added to accounts run by The Child Exploitation Online Protection Unit. This can be added to child or adult profiles. Through the application you can receive advice and support. Crucially, young people can report instances of suspected grooming and/or inappropriate behaviour directly from their profile to specially trained investigators.
To add this vital application and help keep young people safe, visit - www.facebook.com/ClickCEOP
If this is added or bookmarked to appear on their profile it is a constant source of help and reassurance for individuals plus a strong visual signal to others that they are in control on line.
You can also visit http://ceop.police.uk/ to access information about e-safety and you are able to contact the internet police immediately via this webiste regarding any e-safety issues.
Another big issue is Identity theft. Here are some simple steps/checks to help avoid being a victim of Identity theft.
- Do not use your true date of birth (change it slightly as your true friends will know your real date of birth) Banks and online organisations often use your DOB for security checks.
- Think about whether you really need your phone number in your profile for everyone to see.
- Can everyone see your pictures and copy/use them? Check your privacy settings. Do your pictures give away locations? Are you wearing a school jumper/work uniform?
- Chcek your privacy settings on your images as each album might need adjusting.
- Have you 'checked in' to places - letting people know you are away!
- Not all friends are actual friends. Limit what information they can access.