In this section:
- Our aims
- Filtering and Monitoring
- Harmful Online Content
- Filtering system features
- Internet and web access
- Acceptable Use
The safeguarding of our children is of paramount importance at Wellesley Prep. E-safety is a cornerstone of everything we do and is taught as an integral part of the curriculum; it is a fundamental aspect of Digital Literacy. We guide and support our whole school community in staying safe online and using technology responsibly. We teach our children how to stay safe and behave appropriately online, as well as highlighting the benefits and risks involved with using technology.
Our aim is to create a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for children, where they are valued and respected. We are expanding technology for learning which develops children’s skills, fit for future endeavours in the modern world, whilst staying true to our traditional values.
At Wellesley, we embrace the use of different technologies to enhance learning and teach our children how to be safe and responsible digital citizens who make informed decisions about their online actions.
We support our children with E-safety in a variety of ways:
- Teachers use PSHE lessons to discuss online safety issues with children
- E-safety is embedded in the wider school curriculum
- Annual surveys are carried out to explore what children are accessing online
- Safer Internet Day is celebrated in February
- Assemblies and workshops focus on current issues of ESafety pertinent to our children
- To help parents with this, we provide e-safety information and advice which is contained in our weekly newsletter.
The internet is a great resource and tool. While we promote online activity as a way to engage inspire and challenge our learners, there are inherent risks associated with this, including:
- Identity theft
- Sexual abuse
- Access to illegal/inappropriate/harmful materials
- Sharing of personal data
- Personal exposure and abuse.
E-safety, therefore, has a high profile at Wellesley Prep, and we encourage children to stay safe online, both in school and at home.
Filtering and Monitoring
Wellesley Prep conducts regular reviews and audits of the safety and security of school computer systems, including filtering and monitoring provision. CST, our technical services provider, complies with expectations laid out in the Digital and Technology Standards. CST works in partnership with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) to support the school’s safeguarding requirements.
Wellesley Prep uses Smoothwall for filtering harmful content and Senso for monitoring user activity. Both tools help safeguard the school community.
Harmful Online Content
We recognise that no filter can guarantee to be 100% effective. Our filtering system manages a range of content including:
- Substance abuse
- Malware / Hacking
- Piracy and copyright theft
This is not an exhaustive list.
Filtering is regularly reviewed so that we do not over-block access leading to unreasonable restrictions.
Filtering system features
For safeguarding, our filtering system meets the following principles:
- Age appropriate, differentiated filtering
- Contextual Content Filters
- Filtering Policy
- Group Management
- Mobile and App content
- Multiple language support
- Network level
- Remote devices
- Reporting mechanism
Internet and web access
Our filtering provider provides logfile information that details and attributes websites access and search term usage against individuals. Through regular monitoring, this information enables us to identify and intervene with issues concerning access or searches.
All children are required to sign an internet Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) at the beginning of each academic year.
Mr Jerrold, our Digital Safeguarding Lead is responsible for overseeing digital safeguarding, by developing and maintaining a safe e-learning culture at Wellesley Prep. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored internally and externally, to help safeguard children from potential dangers or unsuitable material. E-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our E-Safety Policy. Our technical infrastructure is managed by our external technical support service.
E-safety Advice for parents
At home, many children use computers and mobile devices to play games, learn and explore. Make talking about their online activity a normal part of everyday life. It is vital that parents speak to their children about how they can stay safe and behave appropriately online and that we all take an interest in their online activity. We support parents with this, and consistency of message is key. Understanding what your child is doing online helps keep them safe online.
To support your child at home, we feel it is crucial to maintain a regular, positive and open line of communication about internet behaviours, trends and concerns. Educating our children is the best way we can prepare them for a life enriched with technology.
To be proactive and responsible users when it comes to online safety, we teach children to follow the SMART rules:
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E-safety Quick tips for parents
- Install antivirus software
- Use Parental Control functions for computers, mobile phones and games consoles to block unsuitable content or contact. Parental controls are a good feature, provided by your Internet Service Provider, but sometimes unsuitable content can bypass them, so avoid relying on these alone to protect your child.
- Have a look at the National Cyber Security Centre’s advice on securing your devices.
- Avoid using the same password for the platforms and apps used at home
- Position your computer in a supervised family area. Always supervise the use of webcams in applications with voice or video chat features. Consider your child’s use of other devices that allow internet access such as Mobile Phones and Games Consoles. The use of headphones means you only hear one side of an online conversation.
- If your child has a laptop or tablet, agree rules about where and when (e.g., time limits, curfews, etc.) it can be used. You may find Childnet’s Online Family Agreement resource helpful.
- Ask your child to show or teach you how they use the internet. Learn which websites or tools they like to use and why. Learning together can often open opportunities to discuss safe behaviour with your child.
- Ensure your child knows how to block or report people online who send them hurtful, upsetting or inappropriate content. Encourage your child not to retaliate or respond.
- Ensure your child knows to tell an adult they trust if they see something online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable. Establish who these adults are.
- Be realistic: banning the internet or technology often makes a child less likely to report a problem and to find alternative ways of accessing online material. Education over sanction is essential.
Resources for parents
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre is a law enforcement agency who help keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and online grooming. CEOP has a report feature which you may find on other websites. If you are concerned about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with your child online, you can use the CEOP report button to make a report. The report can be made by both children and adults and links to a variety of online support organisations.
When should I report to CEOP?
CEOP helps children stay safe online. Report with CEOP if:
- Someone has acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know
- It may be inappropriate chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from CEOP (part of the National Crime Agency), a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. They develop and publish resources for both children and parents which include top tips and guides.
NSPCC’s mission is to ensure it is safe for every child to go online. They support parents with online safety advice, and help protect children.
Childnet is a non-profit organisation working to make the Internet a positive, safe space for children. The parent and carers page offers tips, advice and resources.
The BBC have a dedicated site, Own IT, featuring videos and other media designed to educate and inform children about safe, responsible use of the internet. They focus on particular online scenarios and offer advice on how to deal with them.
This tool can help you report harmful content online by providing up to date information on community standards and direct links to the correct reporting facilities across multiple platforms. Click on the logo below to report harmful content.
This organisation provides trusted reviews and rating for all types of media, such as films and online games. These are created with families in mind. Parents can read these reviews before their children get to it.
Helping children and young people stay safe online.
PEGI rating explained.