Student online safety is of paramount importance to us at St Wilfrid’s. This page serves as a guide to provide parents and carers with a background on how we work with our students to keep safe when using the internet.
As our children are now living in a digital world and are becoming digital natives within it, it has become increasingly important that as Educators, Parents and Carers we are aware of their activities and how we can protect them against possible threats.
Please see the links below for useful websites which can advise you on how to protect your children on the many risks to their safety whilst they are online as well as an information film.
If you have any queries regarding Online Safety, please contact the relevant Year Leader.
What we teach in school
Students have an opportunity to discuss and explore e-Safety issues during Social & Ethical Studies sessions.
Year 7 and 8 cover internet safety with our community police officer – Chris Pierce. During these sessions the students discuss what they can do to be safe online and how not to meet up with people they only know through social media. They also learn about sexting and trolling and what the law says about these issues.
Year 9, 10, 11 and sixth form look at similar issues and the consequences of not keeping safe online . This is covered by tutors and involves studying cases that have made headline news. Students identify the risks and discuss ways to keep safe.
We have a number of technical e-safety measures in place to safeguard the students.
- AB Tutor control allows us to proactively monitor student activity in real time and view what they are doing on their PCs in lessons.
- Securus allows us to reactively monitor what they have been doing, it works by scanning the screen for key words and if they are found it takes a screen shot logging the date, time, user, PC and other important information. This is then saved and can be viewed at a later date.
- Smoothwall firewall both holistically filters the internet access and also logs activity of who has visited which sites, when, where and for how long.
- Barracuda is used to filter the Email system and looks for key words, senders, attachments and behaviour and holistically filters based on the criteria we have set.
Report An Issue
CEOP help children stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can report it to CEOP below:
Remember if you need immediate help call 999
CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.
The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre.
Internet Matters is a new online portal designed for parents to access simple, easy and practical advice about online safety for their children, right through from pre-school to teens. It provides tips on protecting children from online grooming, cyberbullying, privacy and identity theft and inappropriate content. Internet Matters is a not-for profit organisation set up by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.
Know IT All for Parents is a unique interactive e-safety guide for parents and carers produced by Childnet International. It’s designed to really help you as a parent or carer keep up to date with how children are using the internet, and support them in using these new exciting services safely and responsibly.