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Advice for Parents




The Internet is an exciting and fun place for our children to use and explore - both educationally and socially. The challenge for parents and carers is to make sure our children are aware and understand how to be safe when using the Internet.

3 Key Rules for Parents

1. Know what your children are doing online Talk to your children about what they are doing when they are on the computer. Find out who they are talking to so that you can deal with any arising problems early.
2. Be one step ahead Put parental controls on your desktop computers and laptops to help prevent your children accessing age inappropriate material.
3. Location, Location, Location Keep, if possible, all computer usage to family areas of the home e.g. living room or kitchen.

Vodafone has produced a new magazine called 'Digital Parenting' to help parents understand and get involved with their children's digital world. The magazine is very readable, informative and provides advice on a range of e-safety issues, such as location services, sexting, cyberbullying and illegal content.

For a free copy please call into the Lower Site office on Sydney Road.

Parents! Find out more!

1. On average most 12-15 year olds are sending on average 193 texts per week. Read more
2. £30,000 repair bill after Facebook party goes out of control! Read more.
3. Advice from Essex Police on Safe Surfing.

Student section




Welcome to e-safety for students at Trinity.

Find out how much you really know staying safe online and learn good tips on staying safe when using your mobiles, laptops, iPads etc... Remember, just because itís a virtual world, it doesnít mean itís completely safe!

Find out more:

• First to a Million - watch this video to find out how things can spiral out of control
• Your guide to Internet safety and safe surfing
Advice for Students

1. Don't give out your details on line. This includes your username, email, telephone number, pictures, where you live etc...

Anything you give out usually stays on the Internet for a long time and can't be deleted.

2. Don't open emails or messages from people you don't know.

If something is too good to be true, it usually is and is best ignored. Spam / junk mail usually contain tricks and lies.

3. Don't open attachments in emails from people you don't know. They could contain viruses that could destroy your hard drive or install software that watches everything you do - spyware.

Spyware watches for usernames, passwords, bank login details and more. The attachments could be images or movies for adults, not usually a good thing.

4. People can easily lie and pretend to be someone they are not, don't do and say things that you wouldn't do offline in real life - it could get you into trouble.

5. Don't meet up with strangers you meet online without an adult you can trust.

6. If something happens that you don't like or makes you feel uncomfortable - tell someone - it's never too late.



Numbers to call if you need help

Childline: 0800 11 11
NSPCC Childline: 116 111 - This number is free from a landline or a mobile
Stop it now!:0808 1000 900
The Samaritans:116 123 - This number is free from a landline or a mobile
Crimestoppers:0800 555 111



Key Stage 3 e-safety



E-safety is a major element of KS3 ICT with all students in Year 7 and 8 having e-safety lessons throughout the year. In addition, e-safety themed assemblies and circle time activities take place for KS3 students at various points throughout the academic year.

Year 7: All new students learn how to use our secure controlled VLE environment FirstClass. FirstClass enables our students to communicate with each other and staff without being able to contact anyone outside of that environment. Students cannot email non-FirstClass addresses.

In the autumn term, Year 7 complete an e-safety unit of work with a focus on textbullying and then complete a reliability of information unit of work - determining unreliable or unsafe sources of information. In the spring term, Year 7 learn about the features of social networking sites as well as the benefits and dangers of these sites.

Year 8: e-safety topics are a regular feature in lessons.

Airbrushing Images- Students learn how to identify false images and appreciate that not all images on the Internet are truthful. They discover problems caused by airbrushing images and the effects this can have on the wider society.

Movie Making - Students are taught how to look for and find accurate information for use in their movie. They consider the issues with biased information and learn how biased information can impact on the quality of their movie.

Building Websites - Students design and build their own e-safety website. They evaluate other e-safety websites to discover features that make a good website and then use what they have learnt when creating their own website.

The Future of Technology - Students conduct an investigation about pieces of technology that are currently being developed and then have the chance to design their own future pieces of technology. As part of this work, students consider ways of making the Internet a safer place for young children.

Key Stage 4 e-safety




All students in Year 11 complete an e-safety unit of work as part of their PRE programme of study. In their PRE lessons they will consider a range of e-safety issues:

•     Staying safe online -students discuss, and identify, the potential dangers of cyber bullying, sexting and social networking            sites.


•     Online Gambling - students learn how online gambling can draw in young people and the dangers that can arise from online       gambling.


•     Downloading - students develop an understanding of copyright laws. They identify examples of copyright infringement        and consider whether illegal downloading should have harsher consequences. They learn about the dangers associated        with illegal downloading.



In addition, e-safety themed assemblies and circle time activities take place for KS4 students at various points throughout the academic year.


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