E-Safety2018-06-03T17:21:43+00:00

What is E-Safety?

Ofsted describes e-safety as a school’s ability to protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology as well as having appropriate mechanisms in place to intervene and support any incident where appropriate.

CEOP reporting and online resources

CEOP help children stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can report it using the button to the right.

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How do we protect our students inside school?

Our internet at Heworth Grange has several safeguards in place to protect students from inappropriate content. Our internet is supplied by Gateshead Central ICT , via a web filter which is regularly updated with a list of unsuitable websites direct from the filter manufacturer, Palo Alto

We have two network monitoring systems, Impero and Securus, that constantly monitor the network for e-safety keywords and phrases. Both systems record incidents and provide live alerts to enable immediate intervention as well as allowing us to fine tune the web filtering to allow maximum access to the internet for school use while blocking sites that are unsuitable for students inside school.

What about outside school?

There are several e-safety websites that offer practical guidance on internet safety at home, including advice on Social media settings and best practices, messaging services and online gaming. Please click the images to go to these websites.

All these sites and others that may be useful can be found by searching for “E-safety” in your search engine.

Social Media

Social Media is everywhere you look, on phones, tablets, computers, advertising and even food! For guidance on what social media actually is and best use of privacy settings, please click the logo to the left take a look at the NSPCC website “Net Aware” for help and advice. The websites listed above will also provide assistance.

ChildLine

ChildLine is an excellent source of information for both adults and children. It has information on net safety, cyberbullying and much, much more. There is a free telephone line to call for advice and guidance.