Why is E-Safety Important?
It is important that pupils understand that safe and sensible online behaviour means and how to use the Internet safely. Recent trends show that young people are always connected, children are accessing the Internet at a younger age e.g. 23% of 8-11 year olds are on social networks (ofcom 2016). Even when using the Internet safely, children can still be at risk due to the behaviour of others, so it is vital they know how to react to such situations.
We are proud to have been awarded the Leicestershire Schools' E-Safety Award in 2018, in recognition of the work we do to to keep our pupils E-Safe and aware online. Please see below for more information on the work we are doing and for further information please see our E-Safety Policy on the policies page of this website.
Newton Burgoland is an Internet Legends School
As well as training all of our pupils throughout school how to be safe online, Newton Burgoland is also an Internet Legends School. We follow Google's Be Internet Legends Scheme of Work for all pupils from Years 3 to 6. The Scheme, accredited by Parent Zone, The PSHE Assocation and InternetMatters.org, teaches pupils the fundamentals of Online Safety through five key principles: Be Sharp (Think Before You Share), Be Alert (Check Content is Real), Be Secure (Protect Your Stuff), Be Kind (Respect Each Other), Be Brave (When in Doubt, Discuss).
These principles are echoed to the whole school community by our panel of Internet Legends who meet with Mr Kedwards weekly to discuss issues and relay the messages of Internet Legends to their classes. The Internet Legends for 2018-19 are Thomas and Charlotte (Class 2), Ellie and Max (Class 3) and Lexi and Amber (Class 4).
More information on the Be Internet Legends Scheme can be found at: https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk
Cyberbullying: an issue for today's children.
WHAT IS CYBER-BULLYING?
There are many types of cyber-bullying. Although there may be some of which we are unaware, here are the more common.
- Text messages —that are threatening or cause discomfort – also included here is "Bluejacking" (the sending of anonymous text messages over short distances using "Bluetooth" wireless technology)
- Picture/video-clips via mobile phone cameras - images sent to others to make the victim feel threatened or embarrassed.
- Mobile phone calls — silent calls or abusive messages; or stealing the victim’s phone and using it to harass others, to make them believe the victim is responsible.
- Emails — threatening or bullying emails, often sent using a pseudonym or somebody else’s name.
- Chatroom bullying — menacing or upsetting responses to children or young people when they are in web-based Chatroom.
- Instant messaging (IM) — unpleasant messages sent while children conduct real-time conversations online using MSM (Microsoft Messenger) or Yahoo Chat – although there are others.
- Bullying via websites — use of defamatory blogs (web logs), personal websites and online personal “own web space” sites such as Bebo (which works by signing on in one’s school, therefore making it easy to find a victim) and Myspace – although there are others
At Newton Burgoland Primary School, we take this bullying as seriously as all other types of bullying and, therefore, will deal with each situation individually.
Technology allows the user to bully anonymously or from an unknown location, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Cyber-bullying leaves no physical scars so it is, perhaps, less evident to a parent or teacher, but it is highly intrusive and the hurt it causes can be very severe.
Young people are particularly adept at adapting to new technology, an area that can seem a closed world to adults. For example, the numerous acronyms used by young people in chat rooms and in text messages (POS - Parents Over Shoulder, TUL – Tell You Later) make it difficult for adults to recognise potential threats.
At Newton Burgoland Primary School, pupils are taught how to:
- Understand how to use these technologies safely and know about the risks and consequences of misusing them.
- Know what to do if they or someone they know are being cyber bullied.
- Report any problems with cyber bullying. If they do have a problem, they can talk to the school, parents, the police, the mobile network(for phone) or the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to do something about it.
Three steps to stay out of harm’s way
1 Respect other people - online and off. Don’t spread rumours about people or share their secrets, including their phone numbers and passwords.
2 If someone insults you online or by phone, stay calm – and ignore them.
3 ‘Do as you would be done by.’ Think how you would feel if you were bullied. You’re responsible for your own behaviour – make sure you don’t distress other people or cause them to be bullied by someone else.
The law is on your side The Protection from Harassment Act, the
Malicious Communications Act 1988
And Section 43 of the Telecommunications Act may be used to combat Cyber bullying. People may be fined or sent to prison for up to six months.
E-Safety and Cyberbullying Links
- UK Council for Child Internet Safety UKCISS - www.education.gov.uk/ukccis
- Know IT All for Parents - www.childnet.com/kia/parents
- Thinkuknow - Parents - www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
- Cyberstreet - www.cyberstreetwise.com/#!/school
- Parent information on esafety - http://parentinfo.org
- 02 and NSPCC free resources & telephone helpline - www.o2.co.uk/nspcc - helpline is 0800 800 5002 - keep kids safe online
- E Safety Adviser - www.esafety-adviser.com/latest-newsletter
- Keep an eye on childrens online activity BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38501093