About Online Safety
Modern technology is an intrinsic part of everyday life. Our students use ICT extensively both in the Academy and outside of it. Along with the opportunities that modern technology offers, it also brings with it risks that all students need to be aware of and able to manage.
At Castle View Enterprise Academy, we take online safety very seriously with a rolling programme of activities to advise and support students, parents and staff.
- All staff (teaching and non-teaching) receive regular online safety training and are familiar with the Academy Child Protection policy or other linked policies.
- Key staff in the Academy are CEOP trained.
- Online safety advice sessions are offered annually to parents.
- All staff and students sign and agree to abide by an ICT Acceptable Use Policy.
- All students receive advice and guidance which is age-appropriate. Students learn about online safety in their ICT lessons and through targeted input during assemblies (delivered by the Local Authority Safeguarding Team) and Challenge Days.
The Academy has an online safety policy, which is aimed at establishing the rules we have in place for using ICT equipment and the internet within the Academy. The policy details guidance and advice on issues such as the use of social media, electronic devices, behaviour on the internet, protecting yourself and many others. Copies of this policy are available upon request.
Please contact Mrs J.Owens (Assistant Vice Principal) for advice regarding online safety using the contact us page:
Internet Safety Tips from Thinkuknow
- Help your children to understand that they should never give out personal details to online friends they do not know offline.
- Explain to your children what information about them is personal: i.e. email address, mobile number, Academy name, sports club, arrangements for meeting up with friends and any pictures or videos of themselves, their family or friends. Small pieces of information can easily be pieced together to form a comprehensive insight in to their lives and daily activities.
- Make your children aware that they need to think carefully about the information and pictures they post on their profiles. Inform them that once published online, anyone can change or share these images of them.
- It can be easy to forget that the internet is not a private space, and as a result sometimes young people engage in risky behaviour online. Advise your children not to post any pictures, videos or information on their profiles, or in chat rooms, that they would not want a parent or carer to see.
- If your child receives spam or junk email and texts, remind them never to believe their contents, reply to them or use them.
- It's not a good idea for your child to open files that are from people they don't know. They won't know what they contain—it could be a virus, or worse - an inappropriate image or film.
- Help your child to understand that some people lie online and that therefore it's better to keep online mates online. They should never meet up with any strangers without an adult they trust.
- Always keep communication open for a child to know that it's never too late to tell someone if something makes them feel uncomfortable.
Online Safety Committee Members
|Mrs C Leighton
||Designated Governor for ratification and dissemination
|Mrs J Owens
||Assistant Vice Principal
Lead of committee. Responsible for issues relating to website, publications and training
Responsible for issues relating to ICT usage and managed service
|Miss G Woollett
||Assistant Vice Principal
||Responsible for issues relating to Child Protection and Safeguarding
|Mrs E McDermott
||Assistant Vice Principal
||Line management of ICT and parental communication
|Mrs C Heaney
||Director of ICT
||In charge of curriculum planning and content
|Miss E Sell
||Responsible for curriculum planning and the student committee members
|Mrs C Wright
||RM Network Manager
||Oversees ICT provision
iRights is a civil society initiative that seeks to make the digital world a more transparent and empowering place for children and young people (under 18) by delivering a universal framework of digital rights, in order that young people are able to access digital technologies creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly.
For more information please see the iRights website.
Online safety Organisations
There are many organisations which can provide advice and support on how to keep your child safe online.
Thinkuknow is an education initiative by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre - the UK's national law enforcement agency that focuses on tackling the sexual abuse of children.The website has many useful resources for young people and parents.
Childnet International - Whether you’re puzzled by parental controls or would like to know more about gaming, this section can help. We all know that it can sometimes be challenging to keep up to speed with what children and young people are doing online. Luckily on this site you’ll find a whole host of useful ways to keep your child safe.
Online Safety for Parents is designed as a portal to give you quick, clear advice and signpost you to appropriate advice and resources in the different areas.
CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. They protect children from harm online and offline.
The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS. It shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying and how these relate to and affect their own and other people's online experiences and behaviours.
The NSPCC gives advice for parents about keeping your child safe when using the internet, social networking websites and online gaming.
Kidscape works UK-wide to provide individuals and organisations with practical skills and resources necessary to keep children safe from harm. Kidscape staff and trainers equip vulnerable children with practical non-threatening knowledge and skills in how to keep themselves safe and reduce the likelihood of future harm. Kidscape works with children and young people under the age of 16, their parents/carers, and those who work with them.