Below is the presentation that was used at the October 2016 Year 7 Laptop Distribution:
Below is the presentation that was used at the December 2015 Cyber Safety Evening:
We highly recommend the Parents' guide to Facebook, Commonsense Media and the Commonsense Media Blog for advice for families, CEOP's Parents and carers guide to the internet, and Microsoft's Get Game Smart.
View our Responsible Use Policy applicable to all students and staff.
The page below has information for parents who wish to:
Please be aware that no system is foolproof, and we believe the best course of action is for parents to have open constructive dialog and be involved in the use of laptops, phones, tablets and game consoles, setting guidelines about their use in the home, and educating students in safe, appropriate and legal behaviour.
In the same way that we cannot control everything students read and talk about, we cannot control everything they see and do electronically. Students can access the internet via our school network, home networks, their friends networks, via mobile phones and 3G dongles. Students can share material via USB flashdrives, email, bluetooth and phones. The best way to help students behave appropriately is to provide guidance and education, and for them to do these things in social areas with friends and adults around.
Not in bedrooms. Isolated and with a reduced sense of accountability, students can make poor choices. Computers, phones, tablets and game consoles should be used in the living room and social spaces. Students should expect questions like "what are you doing?", and "show me what that screen is", and should accept directions like "turn facebook off until you have finished your homework!".
Some articles we think are useful about families and media use:
Look in 3 places to see applications that are currently running
Checking Browser history
Students should expect their parents to check the history of visited websites. This is a way they can reassure parents that they are getting on with their work and using their laptops appropriately. Students will use at least two browsers, and could install more. Browsers can be used in "Stealth" or "incognito" mode which means they leave no trace of the sites that have been visited. So internet filtering is still important, and there is no substitute for using laptops in a social area.
Access the menu below by clicking on the Spanner icon (usually top right corner)
The History will show you a list of visited websites organised by date and time. If this list is empty, or only covers a day or two, then you need to talk.
The Downloads link will show a list of all files downloaded by this browser.
Recommended. Adding filtering to your network, helps safeguard all computers, tablets, game consoles and devices in your house. Like our school network, it is not a 100% guarantee of safety, no method is foolproof, and students can still use cellular data. We can't offer technical support, but we recommend you involve your child in setting this up and searching for help if necessary.OpenDNS FamilyShield - it's simple to set up, no fuss, and in our testing, very effective.
Once it is set up, your laptop/computers will get the new settings, the next time they reconnect to your network - you can force this immediately by restarting them.
We think this is quite a drastic step, and one that should be considered carefully. Installing monitoring or restrictive software on a laptop indicates that there is a lack of trust. We would like to be involved to see how we can help with monitoring, mentoring or target setting before software like this becomes necessary. However, it is important to know that it exists and can be used if required. In our experience, software like this can backfire since a student may spend their energy trying to circumvent the system rather than rectifying behavioural issues.
There are two levels
Parents can sign up for a free license at the K9 website.