E-Safety for Parents

Facebook, CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Unit) Launch

A new initiative was launched by the CEOP to make it safer for young people using the social networking site FACEBOOK. Parents and young people can download a free application to access support from CEOP on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking, and cyberbullying and report inappropriate online behaviour.

The new application (app), ‘Click CEOP’, is free to download and will link users and parents direct from their FACEBOOK home page to help, advice and the reporting abuse facilities of CEOP.

The ‘Click CEOP’ app is a three-stage application that asks young people to:

  1. Add the ‘app’ and the ‘Click CEOP’ tab will appear at the top of the profile page.
  2. Share the badge to share the ‘app’ with friends via their newsfeeds.
  3. Bookmark the ‘app’ making it easy to access the help and advice from the ‘Click CEOP app’.

Young people spend a significant part of their lives online. Online activities include social networking, downloading, streaming and sharing music, videos and TV programmes.

E-Safety at FreshSteps

Technology offers unimaginable opportunities and is constantly evolving. The use of technology and E-Safety issues go hand in hand. As part of our ongoing commitment to safeguarding children at FreshSteps Education Centre, we encourage appropriate online behaviour. We promote E-Safety by raising awareness as to the risks associated with the use of technology and educate students on how to manage these risks.

The risks associated with E-Safety are categorised into three areas:

Content: Exposure to inappropriate online material relating to pornography, violence, suicide, self harm, hate, substance abuse etc.

Contact: Inappropriate online interaction with people including grooming and cyber bullying. This also includes hacking, sharing passwords and identity theft.

Conduct: Online behaviour including privacy issues, copyright issues, disclosure of personal information, digital footprints and online reputation. This category also includes sexting (sending or receiving personal indecent / sexual images)

Provision at FreshSteps

Systems & Infrastructure: At FreshSteps rigorous ICT policy and procedures are in place. Our ICT policy is also integrated with other relevant policies such as behaviour, safeguarding and anti-bullying.

‘Acceptable Use policy of Digital Devices and ICT systems’ is signed by students and parents. Staff and students accept the terms of ICT policy through the computer ‘Login’ screens.

We use a recognised Internet Service Provider and an efficient age/maturity related internet filtering system called ‘Kaspersky’ provided by Zuriel IT solutions. In addition to the standard filtering, we also have control over the blocking/allowing of individual sites.

Students: E-Safety is taught to all year groups through ICT curriculum. Students are educated through E-Safety assemblies. Students are involved in E-Safety surveys and the analysis and findings are shared with them. ICT rules are displayed in all computer suites.

Parents: We aim to work closely with parents to raise awareness and help them ensure that their children use new technologies safely and responsibly. Parents’ coffee sessions are organised and delivered by FreshSteps staff. We also provide guidance and information on E-Safety through the school bulletins and the school website.

Staff: Staff members are trained on E-Safety issues.

More information and useful web links can be accessed from the following websites:

NSPCC