Christ Church Academy Online Safety Rules
Never post anything online that you wouldn't want your family to see.
Explicit images can attract unwanted attention. Offensive language and messages are a criminal offence. Information posted online is visible worldwide and can be copied or uploaded onto other websites. What you post now can affect your future.
Only view appropriate websites.
Don’t go onto websites that you are not supposed to. Not all offensive websites are filtered. It is up to you what you view. Some websites contain inappropriate images, videos, views and messages. Some of these may also be illegal. Always report dangerous sites using the CEOP or Report Abuse button. If you are in school always tell your teacher.
Don’t post personal information online.
Think carefully about the information you post online. Always make sure your accounts are visible to friends only. This does not protect you fully. Do not post information that could be used to track you down; phone numbers, address, status updates of where you are, even a photo of you in your school uniform.
Be careful who you communicate with.
Never add strangers to your online accounts. 16,341 Facebook friends does not show your popularity but makes you more at risk. By adding people to your account gives them access to your photos, opinions, friends and where you have visited. Their actions will also show on your wall and be visible representing you..
Never delete, never reply, always report.
Never respond to any offensive messages, racist, abuse, swearing or adult. Always report using the Report Abuse button and tell an adult. Never delete any messages to or from that person, as child protection agencies will need the evidence.
Parental Control Settings
Online safety advice for parents
- Know what social media your children are currently using. Pupils will try to avoid the products that parents use e.g. Facebook or Twitter.
- Most social networks have an age requirement. This to avoid the serious dangers of irresponsible use. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Oovoo and Skout all have a minimum age requirement of 13.
- Most gaming and streaming sites have all the features of social networks. YouTube, XBOX Live and Playstation Network contain the same dangers as the more well-known social networks.
- Most online games contain ‘in app purchases’. Make sure payment access is controlled by you and not your children.
- Make sure your children have all privacy settings activated on their accounts.
- Check that no personal information is posted that could allow unwanted access.
- Know when your children are using their mobile phones. Leaving a child with a phone at night is allowing a stranger into their bedroom.
- Make sure your children add you as a friend. If that account is not being used then they probably have two accounts.
- Know your pupils passwords and make sure they know that you do.
- Talk with your children about online dangers e.g. meeting strangers, sexting and a reckless digital footprint.
- Advise your child on what to do when bad things happen. No matter what they have done themselves they always need to talk to someone. If there is issues block the user, report (either to a parent or CEOP), never reply and keep the evidence.
School Network Monitoring
Our school network is continuously monitored for inappropriate activity by forensic software to keep your children safe. Appropriate punishments, account suspension and site blocks are issued for misuse. Pupils must keep their account information secure and be vigilant and lock their machine when not in use.
Here are two guides produced by West Mercia Police to help you to deal with cyber-bullying to advise you on dealing with cyber-bullying.
Click here for a guide on supporting adults with cyber-bullying.
Click here for a childrens guide to cyber-bullying.
Here is a useful advice sheet about Fake News that you may wish to discuss with your children. Christ Church pupils are educated about Fake news, extremism and stereotyping during Year 6 Computing lessons and this document supports this.
Social Media Guides
What is Snapchat?
Snapchat is a photo messaging app with a twist. Snapchatters can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings and send them to friends. These ‘Snaps’ aren’t saved by default so it feels more like having an ordinary conversation. Once everyone has viewed a Snap, Snapchat’s system is designed to automatically delete it from their servers. Opened Snaps typically cannot be retrieved from Snapchat’s servers by anyone, for any reason. Upon registration ‘Team Snapchat’ will automatically send you a series of ‘Snaps’ to take you through the basics.
Age restrictions Snapchat is not intended for children under the age of 13. Teens aged 13-17 should have permission from a parent or legal guardian to use the app.
Snapchat now has a friend tracking map system. It shows where any of the user's (your child's) friends are at any time. It uses GPS to precisely pinpoint on a map where the users are, even changing to a car when they move quickly. Your child and other users are depicted by a Bitmoji.
Once you get onto the Snap Map it'll show you where your Snapchat friends are and what they are doing there if they share a picture.The update also allows you to upload Snaps to the "Our Story" so that anyone can see your picture.
Don't worry though - if you don't want your location shared then you can set up a "Ghost Mode" to keep it private.
It may sound like innocent fun but if your children have their location shared then people can potentially track them down.
The map shows exactly where they are which has raised serious concerns. While they would need to know your child's username, and for them to accept their friend request, to access this information it is often easy to find it online.
Please check your child's settings, ensure they are set to 'ghost mode' if necessary.
What is Instagram?
Instagram is a social network app that focuses mainly on images. It uses filters to edit and improve photos. Some filters can be made and owned by other parties. By agreeing to the terms and conditions of filters within the app means your pictures are owned and controlled by other parties. This can make removing them from Google image searches tricky.
Accounts can be linked to Facebook.
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a social networking site with over 288 million users! The big appeal with Twitter is how rapid and quick the tweets come in, meaning there is nearly always something new to read: you can track hundreds of interesting tweeters, and read their content with a glance, even celebrities and public figures.
One of the big differences from the other major social networking sites is, you only have 140 characters to use per tweet, this means you have to choose your words very carefully, or just tweet and tweet and tweet ... it also promotes focused and clever use of language making tweets interesting and easy to read, as well as challenging to write.
Twitter is a popular public platform used by many to express themselves, share stories, pictures and articles on the net. It can be a place people can find support, friends, jokes and much more.
Unfortunately like anything, it is not always used for good and that’s why we have devised this checklist to help you stay safe!
What is Facebook?
Facebook is probably the most famous social network. It is not as popular as children as it is with adults. This is probably because adults are more knowledgable with this app and are aware of the dangers. There is still a high percentage of pupils that use it so we need to discuss the dangers with them. As it is so widely used their is swathes of dangerous content.
It's popularity with all ages is increasing as it is used to log into a variety of other apps.
Guides to ther newer Social Media Services
Click on the name to download the guide.
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