Christ Church Academy Online Safety Rules
Never post anything online that you wouldn't want your family to see.
Explicit images can attract unwanted attention. Offensive language and messages are a criminal offence. Information posted online is visible worldwide and can be copied or uploaded onto other websites. What you post now can affect your future.
Only view appropriate websites.
Don’t go onto websites that you are not supposed to. Not all offensive websites are filtered. It is up to you what you view. Some websites contain inappropriate images, videos, views and messages. Some of these may also be illegal. Always report dangerous sites using the CEOP or Report Abuse button. If you are in school always tell your teacher.
Don’t post personal information online.
Think carefully about the information you post online. Always make sure your accounts are visible to friends only. This does not protect you fully. Do not post information that could be used to track you down; phone numbers, address, status updates of where you are, even a photo of you in your school uniform.
Be careful who you communicate with.
Never add strangers to your online accounts. 16,341 Facebook friends does not show your popularity but makes you more at risk. By adding people to your account gives them access to your photos, opinions, friends and where you have visited. Their actions will also show on your wall and be visible representing you..
Never delete, never reply, always report.
Never respond to any offensive messages, racist, abuse, swearing or adult. Always report using the Report Abuse button and tell an adult. Never delete any messages to or from that person, as child protection agencies will need the evidence.
Parental Control Settings
Online safety advice for parents
- Know what social media your children are currently using. Pupils will try to avoid the products that parents use e.g. Facebook or Twitter.
- Most social networks have an age requirement. This to avoid the serious dangers of irresponsible use. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Oovoo and Skout all have a minimum age requirement of 13.
- Most gaming and streaming sites have all the features of social networks. YouTube, XBOX Live and Playstation Network contain the same dangers as the more well-known social networks.
- Most online games contain ‘in app purchases’. Make sure payment access is controlled by you and not your children.
- Make sure your children have all privacy settings activated on their accounts.
- Check that no personal information is posted that could allow unwanted access.
- Know when your children are using their mobile phones. Leaving a child with a phone at night is allowing a stranger into their bedroom.
- Make sure your children add you as a friend. If that account is not being used then they probably have two accounts.
- Know your pupils passwords and make sure they know that you do.
- Talk with your children about online dangers e.g. meeting strangers, sexting and a reckless digital footprint.
- Advise your child on what to do when bad things happen. No matter what they have done themselves they always need to talk to someone. If there is issues block the user, report (either to a parent or CEOP), never reply and keep the evidence.
School Network Monitoring
Our school network is continuously monitored for inappropriate activity by forensic software to keep your children safe. Appropriate punishments, account suspension and site blocks are issued for misuse. Pupils must keep their account information secure and be vigilant and lock their machine when not in use.
Here is a useful advice sheet about Fake News that you may wish to discuss with your children. Christ Church pupils are educated about Fake news during Year 6 Computing lessons and this document supports this.
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