E-Safety – Student Advice
It is important that all students understand that their school internet use is filtered and regularly monitored by appropriate staff. We also monitor all school network activity, detecting violations of our code of conduct as they occur – for example, any use of inappropriate language in e-mails and documents, or potential signs of cyber-bullying. These violations are automatically flagged to administrative staff and dealt with accordingly. In certain circumstances we may also monitor external social networking sites (Facebook, for instance), should cyber-bullying become a problem. If you are worried about something online, please talk to a member of PACE at school or any adult you can trust.
The symbol on the ‘Report Abuse’ button, which looks a bit like an eye on legs, represents the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), a group of law enforcement agencies who work together to fight online abuse relating to children. If you click on the button you will be reporting a problem directly to someone at CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency). This is a service that you should use without hesitation if you have a genuine problem, but never for a joke or prank. Depending on the severity of your report, you may be contacted by a social worker or a police officer, to talk through your report in more detail. They need to do this to make sure you are safe. It is also a good idea to talk to your parents about your report to CEOP, although if your report concerns a family member, CEOP will not make contact with them until an investigation has been completed.
If you do not want to make a report by pressing the button but are still worried about something online, please talk to a member of Student Support at school or any adult you can trust.