E-Safety

We take E-Safety very seriously at Dormers Wells High School. In a fast changing world, learning about E-Safety and how to exploit the amazing potential of online technology whist remaining safe and secure is a crucial aspect of our students’ education and wellbeing.

At Dormers Wells High School we educate and protect our students in their use of ICT and the internet. We aim to constantly reinforce the responsibilities that our students have when surfing the web through computer science lessons, CPSHE lessons, assemblies and workshops.  Our pastoral teams support students if they do run into difficulties and Year leaders cover E-Safety issues through assemblies during the year.  Within school, filtered internet usage is regularly monitored.

Obviously, we can only provide these safeguards within school – it is equally important that students are encouraged to use the internet safely and responsibly on mobile devices and outside of school.

Remember that at Dormers Wells High School we are a TELLING school. We report problems and solve them together.

We encourage students to remember to be SMART...

S - Stay Safe

Don't give out your personal information to people / places you don't know.

M - Dont Meet Up

Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Always check with an adult you trust.

A - Accepting Files...

Accepting emails, files, pictures or texts from people you dont know can cause problems. 

R - Reliable?

Check information before you believe it. Is the person or website telling the truth?

T - Tell Someone

Tell an adult if someone or something makes you feel worried or uncomfortable.

Follow these smart tips to keep yourselves safe online as well as reading our Dormers Diary E-Safety tips in the newsletter every month. 

 

SAFETY FEATURES ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media is the term used for any software that can be used to connect with someone else or a group of people.

Most social media apps/sites have their own safety features, the trouble is, these are not always the same. So you have to be careful of the settings - make sure they are private.

The main things to remember

Keep friends lists to a minimum (Most teenagers have more than 500 friends!)

Be aware that friends of friends might see your posts

If you have 50 friends! and your friends also have 50 friends then 2500 people could possibly see your posts!

BUT! If you have 200 friends and your friends have 200 friends then 40,000 people might have potential to see your posts. This depends on the settings.

Monitoring Software

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TEENAGE BEHAVIOUR

How many apps do they use?

They tend to stick to the ones their friends have. Usually Tiktok, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Be aware of them downloading dating apps too, such as Tinder, Hinge and Bumble. 

Who are they talking to?

They will talk to anyone they trust, normally friends and relatives, but they are not shy to talk to strangers as there is no 'in person', immediate threat. 

Will they give their personal details? 

Unfortunaltey they probably will, even when they know not to. They will give information to anyone that builds trust, whether its friends or potential grooming. 

Late nights or early mornings playing games and chatting

Lots of teenagers are awake way into the early hours of the morning playing games and on social media chatting. Encourage them to swicth off at a certain time or establish boundaries where they leave their phone downstairs or somewhere they wont use it. 

Are they sexting (sharing explicit images and videos)?

New research shows that 1 in 7 teenagers are sexting!  The older they are the more likely they are to do this. Girls and boys participate equally.

Is sexting illegal?

Taking naked pictures of yourself under the age of 18 is deemed as creating pornography and can get you a police caution. Sending naked images of yourself if you are under 18 can get you a police caution as the age of consent is 16, the age of distributing indecent images is 18. It is always worth thinking about your DIGITAL TATTOO, once something is online it can never be remanded from the internet. You can speak to the special desicated Ealing Services, Social Services, police and Education Department.

Visit EGFL here

Childnet information/activity for students

Is sending an indecent image of a friend to someone else illegal?

Yes, it is considered to be distributing child pornography. They can be prosecuted and go on the sex offenders register.

 

useful links

keep your child safe online

Think u know

national online safety

nspcc - sexting

internet matters online safety

better internet for kids

kidsmart