E-Safety

We ask every parent and/or child to sign our Responsible ICT Use Agreement when joining TLA. Remember our golden rules when you are at home. You can download them here by clicking here.

It is really important that you only look at web-pages and play games that are suitable for your age.

Here are some links to useful websites that will help you stay safe online:

Age 5, 6 or 7 – Thinkuknow

Age 8, 9 or 10 – Thinkuknow

Age 11-16 – Thinkuknow

Parents and Carers

It is really important that parents and carers work with us to ensure children stay safe in their use of technology. When we talk about e-safety, we are not just talking about the internet. We are talking about the use of computers, games consoles (such as X-Box), mobile phones, televisions, tablets (such as the iPad) and many other things. The world of Social Media is an ever changing place, and scary, but we have created a simple guide to different Social Media Apps to help you understand what your child could be accessing at home.

There are several elements to e-safety that we teach at TLA:

How to use the internet safely, and what to do if something goes wrong or we see something we shouldn’t.

How to keep ourselves safe – keeping our details private and keeping our data secure.

How to behave when using technology – being courteous and responsible, and what to do if others treat us in a way which is not kind. This strand also links with our behaviour and anti-bullying policies. Our quick advice is illustrated below.

STOP bullying 1 STOP bullying 2

Encouraging a healthy use of technology – not over-using mobiles, consoles or computers.

You will have been asked to fill out our ‘acceptable use policy’ when your child started in September. This details some of the ways in which we encourage children to behave, and outlines our rules for safe use of technology. We also asked your permission for the use of photos and video on the website and in other places. You may also be interested in our E0-Safety Policy which is in the policy section of our website.

Have a look at these fantastic new resources that will help you set up technology to be as safe as possible at home. Click here for information on parental controls for the Wii, click here for information about Playstation parental controls, and click here for information about setting controls for Xbox consoles.

Snapchat map child safety worries

An update to Snapchat that shows publicly posted images on a searchable map has raised safety concerns among parents. Snap Map lets people search for places such as schools and see videos and pictures posted by children inside.It also lets people locate their “friends” on a map that is accurate enough to determine where people live.

Snap, the company behind Snapchat, stressed to the BBC that location sharing was an opt-in feature.

Exact location

Snap Map was launched and promoted as a “new way to explore the world”.Video clips and photos that members have posted publicly can be discovered on the map, while members who have chosen to share their location can also be seen on the map by those they have added as “friends”.However, members can add people they have never met to their friends list too.

The location-sharing feature lets people “locate exactly where you are, which building you are in and exact whereabouts within the building”.

We feel this could be dangerous and would like to express our concerns that that the app could be used for stalking or working out exactly where somebody lives.

Snap told the BBC that accurate location information was necessary to allow friends to use the service to meet, for example at a restaurant or crowded festival, and said points of interest on the map, such as schools, were provided by third-party mapping service Mapbox. Concerned parents could find out more information on its Privacy Center website, a spokesman told the BBC.

“With Snap Map, location sharing is off by default for all users and is completely optional. Snapchatters can choose exactly who they want to share their location with, if at all, and can change that setting at any time,” a Snap spokesman said.”It’s also not possible to share your location with someone who isn’t already your friend on Snapchat, and the majority of interactions on Snapchat take place between close friends.”

How to switch off Snap Map location sharing

  • When in photo-taking mode, pinch the screen to open Snap Map
  • Touch the settings cog in the top right corner of the screen
  • Tap “Ghost Mode” to switch off location sharing
  • Photos and videos posted to Snapchat’s public ‘Our Story’ will still be discoverable on the map

Information source BBC technology website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40382876

What is Parent Info?

Parent Info was founded in 2005 and has a track record of providing information, support and advice to parents. In recent years, The Parent Zone’s work has focused on the impact of digital technologies on families.

Parent Info provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children’s wellbeing and resilience.

In line with CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme, some of the content covers internet safety, but it all starts from the assumption that young people make little distinction between their online and offline lives and the issues for parents are often the same. The aim is to help parents help their children be discriminating, web-literate and resilient.

For more information please go to http://parentinfo.org/

Staff

As a member of staff at Temple Learning Academy, you have signed the Acceptable Use Policy on the use of technology at school.

It is essential that our messages on e-safety are consistent, clear, and repeated often. Please make sure that you have read the e-safety policy and ICT policy (downloadable from the Policy page), and that you are adhering to it.

Display the ‘top tips’ posters for staff and children in your classrooms, and take every appropriate opportunity to reinforce these messages.

Click here to download some interesting ‘scenario’ cards which we hope may get you thinking about e-safety in schools.

Remember that e-safety is not just about children finding inappropriate images online. We want our children to make good use of the technology that is available to them. E-safety is about creating a culture of safe use and healthy lifestyle.

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day Certificate

Your digital ‘footprint’
Remember that everything that you do online will be recorded and stays online!

It is essential that we all act responsibly and that we keep our data and details safe. Never share your passwords, your logins or your personal details.

Social Networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are particularly tricky to deal with. There have been a number of cases where people have  faced disciplinary panels because of their behaviour online and it is important to protect yourself from this danger. If you choose to use such sites, please make sure that you understand and use the security settings!

Social networking can also blur the boundaries between school and home, and it is really important that we maintain professionalism at all times. Staff must therefore not ‘friend’ parents or children from school, and if you are concerned that you have been approached or contacted online, you should ignore the request and report it if you are concerned.