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Parents

E-Safety

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We are committed to ensure that all of our students are safe when accessing the internet within the academy.

By attending Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, students agree to adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Academy-provided login accounts –  Each student is provided with a unique login name for the network, Google and other software and systems, which is password protected. Whilst logged in the student must take precautions that no other person uses their terminal. Each student is responsible for any access to the network using their login name and so must keep their password secret. Any misuse that occurs under a login will result in disciplinary action being taken against that student.
  2. Document Storage – Each student is provided with enough storage via google drive, an online storage solution that can be accessed through a computer, tablet or mobile phone. Personal documents including, but not limited to, images, videos, games, audio files etc should not be stored at the academy. Pen Drives or other mobile storage devices should not be used.
  3. Internet – This is provided as an educational tool for student research. Undesirable sites have mostly been blocked. If one is discovered by accident it must be reported to IT Desk (help@cliffparkoa.co.uk) and your ICT Teacher who will block it. Any student who knowingly gains access to an undesirable site or bypasses a block to access a site will face disciplinary action.
  4. Computer Games – There may be times when a teacher will authorise the use of games for academic and/or enrichment purposes, but besides these occasions no computer game playing is permitted in the academy. Students found playing computer games will face disciplinary action.
  5. E-mail – Student e-mail is provided as an aid to learning. Any student who abuses this facility will face disciplinary action. Make sure that only the intended recipients are present in the To and Cc boxes. If received, abusive e-mails should be reported to a member of staff. Abuse includes:
  • Sending or forwarding e-mails containing libelous, defamatory, offensive, racist or obscene content such as bad language, threats, insults etc. or anything that can be construed as bullying.
  • Sending mass e-mails or forwarding chain letters.
  • Sending games, game links or other inappropriate subject matter.

Top Tips for keeping your child safe online:

The online world is an exciting place with limitless opportunities for fun and education. It can also be a dangerous place unless used properly.

Take the following steps to ensure you make the online world as safe as possible for your child:

  • Make sure all laptops and computers are used in a communal area where the screen can be seen by all.
  • Ask your child to charge any mobile devices (phones, Ipods, Ipads etc) downstairs and NOT in bedrooms.

Safe social networking

  • Make sure the privacy settings are always activated
  • NEVER include the date of birth, address or school name in the “About me” section
  • Children should only add or accept people they know in the real world – NOT friends of friends or people they have met online
  • Only post photos that you would be happy to show your gran! Be careful posting photos showing your school badge, the outside of your house/school and photos on holiday wearing bathing suits etc.
  • The best tip is to talk to your child and become involved in their online world.  Ask questions about what they are doing and who they are talking to

Online gaming (Xbox etc.)

  • ONLY accept people you know in the “real world”
  • Explain to your child that people lie online and can be mean
  • Tell your child never to accept an invitation to move to a chat room with someone they’ve met while online gaming

Cyber bullying

If your child is subjected to any form of cyber bullying:

  • Tell them not to reply
  • Keep a record of the abuse for future investigation
  • Tell someone in the academy or report the problem to the police

Webcams

Be aware of the information that is visible via the webcam – i.e. names on certificates, posters of favourite pop stars – this can all be used by a potential abuser

Extra information about keeping your child safe online or reporting a problem can be found on the following websites:

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