Online Safety

Online Safety

E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Oak Wood Secondary School. We have taken measures to protect children and young people from inappropriate Internet content. We employ a range of different systems to ensure content is filtered and monitored on and off-line. Keywords and harmful behaviours are recorded on our behaviour and incident logging system (CPOMS), this is then monitored by our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) who will, when needed alert parents, teachers and senior staff to safety concerns.

E-safety is also taught regularly on the School curriculum in order to increase awareness and provide students with the tools to reduce online risks.

Smartphones

Smartphones are mobile phones with Internet access. They are capable of a range of functions, including social networking, listening to music, playing games, browsing the Internet, checking emails, taking photos and videos and watching TV – along with the usual texting and calling.Smartphones provide a variety of interesting activities and ways for young people to engage with their friends and families. However, it is important to be aware of what these devices can do and how you can talk with your child to help them to use this technology in safe and positive way.

Three Steps for Parents:

  1. When you sign up to a mobile contract, make sure that you and your child understand the contract’s Internet data allowance – accessing the Internet uses Internet data and if you go over your allowance it may cost you.
  2. Understand the capabilities of smartphones and how you as a parent can support your child to be smart and safe in their smartphone use.
  3. Talk with your child about safe and responsible smartphone use and agree a set of family rules. Perhaps you could agree rules with your child about not meeting up with people they have only met online, how much they are allowed to spend on apps, what websites it’s OK and not OK to visit, and whether their phone should be switched off at night. – SaferInternet.org

Use parental controls on your child’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Please note, any content from external websites is not in any way a responsibility of the school, and we cannot guarantee to adaptations to external websites.

Gaming Devices

Gaming devices provide a variety of interesting activities and ways for young people to engage with their friends and families. However, it is important to be aware of what these devices can do and how you can talk with your child to help them to use this technology in safe and positive way. All modern gaming devices offer parental controls to help you manage how your child uses their device, but these do need to be set up in order for them to be operational.

Three Steps for Parents:

  1. Understand the capabilities of gaming devices and how you as a parent can support your child to be smart and safe in their gaming. To help, read the FAQs below. If you are buying a gaming device.
  2. Find out about the parental controls available – it helps if you are the one to set up the gaming device, so you are in control of these. Gaming devices have parental controls to help parents manage their children’s gaming, for example, to prevent internet browsing or restrict access to age-restricted games (see our tips for Nintendo, Xbox or PlayStation 4 and Playstation 3 devices). Find out about PEGI age ratings to help you decide which games are appropriate for your child’s age.
  3. Talk with your child about safe and responsible gaming and agree a set of family rules. Perhaps you could agree rules with your child about how long they are allowed to play for, how they should behave towards other gamers and agree rules about not meeting up with people they have only met online. Remember that gaming devices like the Xbox 360, Wii and PSP connect to the internet, so the same advice and rules for keeping safe online apply. – SaferInternet.org

Useful links for online safety

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Oak Wood Secondary Safeguarding

Oak Wood Secondary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment

Warwickshire Safeguarding:

https://www.safeguardingwarwickshire.co.uk/

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