Online Safety at The Thomas Aveling School
Information for Parents/Carers
- In Year 7 all students study a Unit on E-Safety in ICT and every year the whole school has a re-cap in E-Safety Week.
- Students are aware that they should have a secure password that includes lower and upper case letters, numbers and a symbol to prevent accounts being hacked; which does happen frequently.
- Yearly whole school assemblies make clear to students that we will always contact parents/carers, social services and the police if students are found to have sent, possess or shared inappropriate images of themselves or other children under 18, even if they prove to be Googled images and the student is over 18 themselves. For help and support they have been advised to contact CEOP or ChildLine
- Having sexting photos or videos on a phone or computer of a child (anyone under 18) is against the law whatever age you are! Even if you are a child yourself. This is an offence under the Protection of Children Act 1978 and the Criminal Justice Act 1988
Important Organisations and Reporting a Problem
- The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and the “e” world. CEOP was set up in April 2006 and has received over 50,000 reports of abuse to date. A key focus of CEOP is the Think U Know website and education strategy to teach young people, teachers and parents/carers about e-Safety and a “Report Abuse” button to report online abuse or suspicious behaviour and can be used by adults (parents/carers, professionals etc) and young people. There is also a suite of resources to support children with SEN including children with mild to severe learning difficulties, are blind or have a hearing impairment.
- The VGT
- CEOP works as part of the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) which made up of law enforcement agencies from around the world www.virtualglobaltaskforce.com/ The report abuse button can be used to report inappropriate or potentially illegal activity towards a child. The “Report” button is available on many sites and any reports of abuse made will be answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from around the globe. If a child is ever in immediate danger, contact 999 for police assistance and follow usual school child protection procedures.
- The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) www.iwf.org.uk is the UK hotline for reporting illegal online content – This may be Child abuse images, or material considered to be criminally obscene or inciting hatred. A link for reporting illegal content appears on the IWF homepage