Online Safety

The purpose of this page is to raise awareness and understanding of online safety issues amongst students and ensure parents/carers have the relevant information available so they can support their child. It is important that students understand how to keep themselves safe online and that parents discuss this issue regularly with their children.

Good practices include, keeping your username and password safe and not sharing with others. Never give out personal information like your name, age, address and school. Stay in control of your online reputation. You must tell a trusted adult if someone or something has made you feel uncomfortable or worried whilst on the Internet.

If you have any feedback regarding any of the resources found on this page then please do not hesitate to contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Mrs M German at mgerman@rws.uk.net.

Sixth Form Assembly on FGM and Online Safety March 2018

The presentation can be found here.

E-Safety Presentation September 2017 (Parents)

The presentation can be found here.

E-Safety Presentation September 2017 (Students)

The presentation can be found here.

E-Safety Assembly Presentation September 2016

The presentation that was made to students during assembly can be found here.

E-Safety Presentation January 2016

On Monday 18th January we held an E-Safety day for all students, staff and parents. The presentation that was made to students on the day can be found here.

E-Safety Checklists

Facebook Checklist
Instagram Checklist
Snapchat Checklist
Twitter Checklist
YouTube Parents Guide
WhatsApp Parents Guide
Social Media Library - A Listing of Common Social Media Platforms
Staying Safer on Musical.ly (YouTube Video Guide)

 

Keeping our Children Safe on their Smartphones

Please find a guide on How to Keep our Children Safe on their Smartphones in the link below:

https://www.tigermobiles.com/2015/05/how-to-protect-your-children-on-their-smartphone/

This includes guidance on how vital it is to discuss with our children and older teenagers:

The guide also goes through the popular social media apps and discusses how to set up the privacy settings on them. It also references apps to help parents keep their children safe.

It really is a useful guide and we would suggest that you find the time to read and download it for future reference.

 

Phishing

The document 'Phishing' is fantastically helpful for reminding us of the need to protect ourselves online and when on social media.

Phishing Guide

 

Passwords - are you safe?

This document is another helpful reminder with regard to keeping ourselves safe by questioning whether we know if our data has ever been hacked. It is well worth a read.

Look out for the section referring to the website: www.haveibeenpwned.com which allows you to enter your email address to see if your data has ever been breached. This has been set up by a Microsoft Regional Director Troy Hunt.

Password Guide

 

The resources 'Keeping our Children Safe on their Smartphones', 'Phishing' and 'Passwords - are you safe?' have been provided by H2B Safer and Tigermobiles.com.

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E-Safety Share Aware

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The Safeguarding team would like to highlight to parents how to support your son whilst he is online. Share Aware is guidance issued by the NSPCC on how to keep your child safe online. The website also contains information relating to child sexual exploitation and how to spot the signs – issued by the charity Barnados.

All staff at Ravens Wood, have received this information and we would encourage our parents and carers to read this and discuss the issue at home. Further information can also be obtained on the NSPCC website.

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If you have any concerns regarding a matter relating to Safeguarding please do not hesitate the Designated Safeguarding Lead:
Mrs German at mg@rws.uk.net or 01689 856050 ext 342.

Students are also encouraged to use the talk@rws.uk.net email address if they would like to raise a safeguarding matter.

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www.thinkuknow.co.uk

 

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The 4 big internet providers in the UK – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - provide their customers with free parental controls which can be activated at any time. They have come together to produce these helpful video guides to help you to download and set-up the controls offered by your provider.

www.saferinternet.org.uk - Advice and Resources - Parental Controls

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Staying Safe Online: Parental control software

www.choose.net - Parental Controls and Internet Safety

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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.

www.childnet.com - Know it all for Parents

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The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. They are here to help, if you are a young person and you or your friend have been forced or tricked into doing something online, or in the real world.

They also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit their Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button

www.ceop.police.uk - Safety Centre

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UK Safer Internet Centre, where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.

www.saferinternet.org.uk

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A Parent’s Guide to Facebook

It’s designed to help you understand what Facebook is and how to use it safely. With it, you will be better informed and able to communicate with young Facebook users in your life.

www.connectsafely.org.uk - A Parent's Guide to Facebook

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Search Engines Safety Centres

Learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family online.

www.google.co.uk - Safety Centre

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www.yahoo.com - Safety Centre

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Staying Safe Online

www.childline.org.uk - Staying Safe Online

 

Safer Surfing:

Some search engines are set up specifically for children to use such as:

Personal Details:

Students should not give out personal details about themselves or others. This includes: full name, address, ‘phone numbers, email addresses etc.

Chat Rooms and Forums:

These have many uses but also have many dangers. It is very hard to know whether the person is really as they say they are. Even if the name is someone you know, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your friend is the person doing the typing!

On-Line Games:

This is a rapidly developing area and can have the same dangers as chat rooms. This is particularly true of role-play type games. In this case people are very unlikely to be who they say they are!

E-Mail:

Avoid opening emails from unrecognised sources. Never open attachments without checking who they are from and whether they are likely to be safe.

Bullying:

Unfortunately, bullies like new technology just the same as everyone else. Children need to be very careful about who they give mobile ‘phone numbers to; what they upload (if anything); who they give email addresses to etc.

Passwords:

Be imaginative with passwords. It is amazing how many are ‘guessed’.