Staying Safe Online
At Q3 Academy, we aim to provide students with a safe learning environment to create foundations in which they can develop their knowledge and skills in using ICT systems to become perceptive and safe users.
According to statistics for 2014:
- 7 in 10 admitted that they had been victims of cyberbullying
- 1 in 4 experience this on a daily basis
- Girls used to be more likely to be bullied than boys, but now boys are just as likely as girls to be subjected to online bullying
- 75% of those surveyed use social media – over half of those with Facebook profiles had experienced cyberbullying there.
- Only 15% of parents think their children are safe online
- Over half surveyed used the internet in their own room
- 3 out of 4 children over the age of 12 have a mobile phone
- 1 in 4 children ignore age restriction on sites, whether to gain access or to create profiles
- 1 in 25 teenagers have received online sexual solicitations with the offender seeking to make contact with them offline.
- Teenagers are now spending on average around 30 hours per week online
In this section you will be able to find:
- Hints on staying safe online
- What to do if you need help
- Where to report incidents
- Academy policies and guidelines
Staying Safe Online
eSafety can be defined to three areas:
Content – being exposed to illegal, inappropriate or harmful material. This is the type of site as well as things like excessive commercialism
Contact – being subjected to harmful online interaction with other users
Conduct – personal online behaviour that increases the likelihood of, or causes, harm
Tips to stay safe online:
- Don’t post personal information online such as address, telephone number
- Think carefully before posting comments, images or videos online – even if you remove it, it could have been copied
- Check your privacy settings on social media sites
- Do you know who you are talking to? Many people online impersonate
- Don’t speak to people that you don’t know
- Don’t arrange to meet strangers
- If you are the victim of abusive texts, emails, photos etc., then tell a parent/carer/teacher
- If you see something that you don’t feel comfortable with, either leave the website or tell a parent/carer/teacher
- Know what is spam and what is real
For parents and carers:
- Be aware of what is on the internet and what your child could be exposed to – not just inappropriate content but scam and ‘phishing’ sites
- Ironically, don’t give your child a list of do’s and don’ts – they’ll probably ask ‘why not’ and then try to find out! Children are more likely to respond more positively if you encourage them to be ‘smart’ or ‘Cool’ on the Internet
- Set rules for use – including what to go on and the length of time – over 10 hours per day are spent online for teenagers
- Don’t forget, it’s not just computers, mobiles phones and tablets have more and more internet facilities on them.
- Keep your machine safe with anti-virus software
- Consider parental controls to restrict/monitor internet access
- Don’t be afraid of confrontation if you find any wrong-doing – but don’t overreact. Sometimes it is just an innocent mistake.
eSafety is really important to us, both inside and outside of the Academy as it affects practically everything we do in our everyday lives. Of course, it is difficult for us to control anything outside of the Academy. However, we aspire to provide a safe environment within the Academy and should any eSafety concerns arise that could affect the Academy life of a student, we will do all we can to provide a solution.
- If you come across material that you don’t like on the internet, the easiest thing to do is to leave the website.
- If you are a victim of cyberbullying, see any incidents of cyberbullying, or suspect that it is happening, then tell a parent, carer or member of staff immediately.
For advice on staying safe online , the following links may be of some help:
CEOP – www.ceop.police.uk
CEOP – the child exploitation and online protection agency – is an online service aimed to protect children from harm, offline and online. If you feel someone has acted inappropriately towards you or a person you know, you can report it to CEOP below. The CEOP centre is staffed by specialist police and investigative officers who will follow up your report.