Protecting yourself online and using the internet safely.
e-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe and Birkdale High School Academy and it has extensive security measures in place to help safeguard students from potential dangers or unsuitable material.
e-Safety is taught to all students; explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online. This is done extensively in Year 7 Term 1 and reinforced throughout the years through PSHCE, Careers, assemblies, Internet safety day and through other curriculum areas. However, we can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent.
It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. It is essential to be realistic, the internet and technological advancements are here to stay; banning them will not work - often it makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is therefore essential.
Some tips for you to help keep your children safe online
The popularity of social networking and the ease at which both friends and strangers can get in touch with people can be of concern. The Government have published a useful guide which can be found below.
Link to Government guidance on Social Networking.
When children are accessing games via Xbox LIVE, PSN etc, privacy settings can be set up. Please consult the user manual for your games console on how to set up parental controls.
Cyber bullying is the act of using internet and digital (including mobile) technologies to upset or humiliate another person.
The NSPCC has help and advice for parents on the subject of Cyber Bullying.
When people talk about sexting, they usually refer to sending and receiving:
They can be sent from a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend or someone you've met online. You might have also sent a sexual photo, video or text to someone else.
We understand how easily sexting can happen and how things can go wrong – even when you didn’t mean for them to. Please read the following article which includes
Parents' guide to sexting from saferinternet.
Birkdale Presentation for students.
This is a series of four short animated films for parents and carers offering advice on how to help keep their children safe from the risks associated with sharing nude and nearly nude images.
The films aim to help parents and carers:
We would encourage parents/carers to watch these short films and share with their friends by emailing, texting, tweeting links etc.
They are based on research findings from the European Commission-funded SPIRTO (Self-Produced Images: Risk Taking Online) Project and include:
The films are based on a two-year qualitative investigation led by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the University of Linköping (Sweden), Innocence in Danger (Germany) and the CEOP Command of the National Crime Agency.
Advice, guidance and "Top Tips" for both parents/carers and children can be found on this site.