E-Safety at Tring Park
The Internet is a tool which offers a variety of learning opportunities for your child. He/she has access to a huge range of learning materials and learning how to use it effectively and safely is a crucial part of their learning.
Young people at school today are ‘digital natives’ and have grown up with the Internet, iPhones, laptops and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram and Flickr. They routinely text, email, update their status and search for information, as hours spent watching TV decreases. Parents, teachers and carers must keep up with this change, and put measures in place to protect pupils.
At Tring Park Internet use is carefully controlled. Web sites containing harmful and inappropriate words are filtered out, and there is an ever-increasing list of blocked sites. The school encourages the use of its own email system, as the content can be filtered. Pupils are aware of the impact of online bullying and know how to seek help if they are affected by these issues. Pupils are also aware of where to seek advice or help if they experience problems when using the Internet and related technologies i.e. parent/carer, teacher/staff member, E-safety Officer/tutor or houseparent or an organisation such as Childline or the CEOP 'report abuse' button.
Tring Park's E-Safety Officer is Sarah Bell and all staff receive regular E-Safety training.
‘E-safety’ is taught at the start of each year, and our pupils are made aware of the dangers they could face, in an age appropriate manner, such as:
- Inappropriate images or content.
- Sexual predators, in chat rooms & email.
- Threatening or upsetting ’hate mails’.
- Issues to do with ones on-line reputation
- Humiliating and abusive text or video messages
- Setting up fake profiles
- Hacking of profiles
- Disclosure of personal information
- Piracy of software, music or video
- Spyware and viruses
- Excessive commercialism (adverts and product-related websites)
- Illegal downloads, such as copyright-protected music files
Students are alerted to the fact that everything they post online can be stored and used against them later.
Social media has many advantages and uses in the modern age and the performing arts world makes good use of it. We are keen to work with parents so that together we can do all that we can to educate all of our pupils about how to use this medium in a safe and positive manner for their age.
Advice for students
- Don’t publish identifying information
- Pick a user name that doesn’t include any personal information
- Set up a separate email account that doesn’t use your real name and use that to register and receive mail from the site. That way if you want to shut down your connection, you can simply stop using that mail account.
- Use a strong password (at least 8 characters; mixture of lower case letters, upper case letters, numbers and symbols).
- Keep passwords safe, and change them regularly
- Keep your profile closed
- Only allow friends to view your profile
- What goes online stays online. Don’t say anything or publish pictures that might cause you embarrassment later.
- Talk to parents/carers if you feel uncomfortable about any online content you receive
- Save or print evidence
Advice for parents
- Set ground rules. Discuss. Continue to talk.
- Limit the amount of time online
- Use ISP filtering
- Set up a family e-mail account for registering on websites, competitions etc.
- Monitor online activity (recently visited sites, click the History button)
- Software for filtering isn’t foolproof - combine with supervision
- Check temporary files (open Internet Explorer and select Internet Options, on the General tab under Temporary Internet Files, click the Settings button and the click View Files).
- Contact CEOP or the police if you suspect grooming
Digital images are easy to capture, reproduce and publish and, therefore, can be misused.
Parents / Carers taking photographs are advised, in advance of all school events, that photographs must be for their own use within their families, and are not to be used in any social media.
On a child’s entry to the school, all parents/carers will be asked to give permission to use their child's work and/or photos for the school website, promotional material, prospectus, local and national press, webcam, etc.
This consent form is considered valid for the entire period that the child attends Tring Park. If at any time you wish to amend these details or withdraw permission, please contact the school office.