Our Aim: To protect all members of the school community from the adverse consequences of access to or
use of electronic media, including bullying, inappropriate sexualized behaviours or exploitation.
The Internet is an integral part of our lives and an important and useful resource for us all. However, there are some risks and it is important that teachers, parents and pupils all work together to ensure its safe use. At Kimbolton we believe it is essential to educate pupils on e-safety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.
Communication systems such as social networks, blogs, mobile phones and email have become increasingly important in our daily lives. They can have important benefits but, as we all know, there are also risks to be considered and evaluated. Access to the Internet can take place almost anywhere at any time and it is important that pupils, teachers and parents are aware of the risks and know how to use modern technologies appropriately. It is helpful to discuss the issues in school, at home and between friends, and to know what actions to take should something goes wrong.
The following facts might surprise you:
- 94% of teenagers are on Facebook but Twitter and Instagram now have a faster growth rate in terms of teenage usage
- 70% of teenagers use a smartphone
- 38% of young people have been affected by bullying online
- 25% of a teenager's ‘friends’ online are people that they have only met online
e-Safety at Kimbolton
Pupils are encouraged to report any negative issues they may encounter online to a trusted adult, which includes all School staff. Students are informed how to report cyber-bullying and e-safety posters are displayed in prominent positions.
Bi-annually we have an e-Safety Week with relevant activities within tutor time and outside speakers during PSHE lessons.
Kimbolton School e-Safety Officers
Senior School - Ingrams House
Advice for Parents and Carers - Be Safe and Smart Online
- Talk to your child about what they are up to online
- Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online
- Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world
- Encourage the use of complex passwords - eight characters, with a mix of upper and lower case letters and symbols
- Keep technology in the public part of the house
- Ensure safety settings are utilised in all forms of technologies, xBox, phones, pc etc
- Keep virus protection and software up to date
- Engage in their world - don’t be a stranger to it
Social Media Advice is Not Just for Pupils!
- Are your privacy settings private?
- Think before you post
- What personal information is available online about you?
- Search for yourself - IS everything that appears good?
- What images of your children do you upload? Can anyone see them?
A recent survey carried out by AVG, an internet Security Company, found that:
- 23% of babies in Britain had an online presence before they were born
- 33% had an online presence by the age of six months
- 81% had an online presence by the age of two
- 7% of babies have an email address
- 5% have a social network profile
Will these parents want photos of their children in the public domain when their children are 7? 17? Or 70? Parents must be aware of privacy settings on their social network, otherwise these images can be shared with the whole online world.
Additional e-Safety Advice
The links and pdf downloads below provide comprehensive information about online safety so you, along with your children, can decide what is right for your family when using the Internet and associated technologies:
- ThinkUknow - advice for parents and carers (a link to ThinkUknow is at the foot of every Kimbolton School webpage)
- CEOP Command Safety Centre - advice for children, parents and carers
- ParentPort - sets and enforces standards across the media to protect children from inappropriate material
- Digizen - information for educators, parents, carers, and young people
- Childnet - a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children
- BBC Top Ten Online Safety Tips - suggestions to help make sure you don't share too much information online
- KidSMART - online safety advice for children, parents and teachers
- Chatdanger - a site all about the potential dangers of interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles
- Get Safe Online - Free online security advice
- NSPCC Internet Safety - leading children's charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands
- ChildLine online and mobile safety - tips for staying safe on websites and phones
- O2 - Keeping kids safe - Guide to keping your family safe in the digital world
- UK Safer Internet Centre - e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet
- Net Aware - Guide to online social networks