About Us

E-safety

 

In today's society, children, young people and adults interact with technologies such as mobile phones, games consoles and the Internet on a daily basis and experience a wide range of opportunities, attitudes and situations. The exchange of ideas, social interaction and learning opportunities involved are greatly beneficial to all, but can occasionally place children, young people and adults in danger.

E-Safety covers issues relating to children and young people as well as adults and their safe use of the Internet, mobile phones and other electronic communications technologies, both in and out of the Academy. It includes education for all members of the Academy community on risks and responsibilities and is part of the ‘duty of care’, which applies to everyone working with children.

An understanding of the safe use of ICT is communicated in various ways:

To Students

  • E-safety is addressed across the curriculum covering both school and home use.  Instruction is and guidance is given in lessons where students are using the Internet.
  • The Student voice Google site will have information and links about safety and cyber-bullying.
  • Students are made aware that all use of the school network and Internet traffic is monitored and can be traced to individual users.

To parents

  • We seek to take a partnership approach with parents. This might include information evenings with demonstrations and suggestions for safe home Internet use, we also have an acceptable use of ICT agreement that all students and parents sign.

The school will take all reasonable precautions to ensure e-Safety.  However, owing to the international scale and linked nature of Internet content, the availability of mobile technologies and speed of change, it is not possible to guarantee that unsuitable material will never appear on a school computer or mobile device.

The City of London Academy (Southwark) e-Safety Policy can be found here.

Staff and students are given information about infringements in use and possible sanctions attached to them which are applied as part of the overall Behaviour Management System.

Top Tips for Pupils

Safe surfing at home and at school:

1. You have the right to feel safe all the time, including when using ICT or your mobile phone.

2. If anything makes you feel scared or uncomfortable online tell a responsible adult straight away. Don't be afraid you will get into trouble.

3. If you get a nasty message or get sent anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, do not reply. Show it to a responsible adult.

4. Only email people you know, or those whom a responsible adult has approved.

5. Messages you send should be respectful.

6. Talk to a responsible adult before joining chat-rooms or networking sites.

7. Keep your personal details private when using ICT or a mobile phone. Your name, family information, journey to school, your pets and hobbies are all examples of personal details.

8. Don't show anyone photographs of yourself, friends or family without checking first with a responsible adult.

9. Never agree to meet an online friend in real life without checking with a responsible adult.

Responsible adults include your teachers, parents and the carers with whom you live. If you have any worries about using ICT safely at home or in school, please speak to them.

e-Safety Adviser

 

 For many years Alan MacKenzie was the e-safety lead at Lincolnshire County Council, Children’s Services; raising initiatives across all schools, police, the voluntary sector and others with positive outcomes and a significant increase in e-Safety awareness.

Working at the local authority allowed Alan to take a more strategic view of school needs, particularly in regards to policy, liabilities and the management of e-Safety as a whole. Alan has a very deep understanding of the technology used in schools whether for curriculum or administration purposes; this includes services such as internet filtering, new collaborative tools such as social networking and the use of new technology such as tablet devices.

 

You can find more information on the e-Safety Adviser website: www.esafety-adviser.com

Please find below the links below to access the latest and archived e-Safety Newsletters:

 

http://www.esafety-adviser.com/latest-newsletter/ - Latest e-Safety Newsletter

http://www.esafety-adviser.com/newsletter/ - Archive of e-Safety Newsletters

 

Useful links for Parents

http://www.saferinternet.org 

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre): www.ceop.police.uk

Childline: www.childline.org.uk

Childnet: www.childnet.com

Cybermentors: www.cybermentors.org.uk

Digizen: www.digizen.org.uk

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF): www.iwf.org.uk

Kidsmart: www.kidsmart.org.uk

Teach Today: http://en.teachtoday.eu

Think U Know website: www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Virtual Global Taskforce — Report Abuse: www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com