At Wheatley Park School we take all aspects of "e-safety" very seriously.
This includes the filtering and monitoring of all internet access and email through the school's network, guiding and advising students through PHSE and ICT, warning them of the potential risks and dangers of all aspects of electronic communication - Facebook and other similar social networking sites, MSM and other messaging applications, and of course the mobile phone and texting - and providing a source of support in the event that things become threatening or undermine a young person’s well being. This support includes support and guidance for individuals, sanctions and parental meetings and, when necessary, police involvement.
There are a number of excellent sources of information on the web, many of which we use in school. If you want to do a little research of your own have a look at these three sites:
Some More Useful Resources
- Vodafone's Digital Parents Guide - well worth a look, includes a "Digital Magazine" with lots of useful information fior the parent trying to understand their childs involvement in the digital world.
- Childnet International - plenty of advice and teachers' resources. Look for the 'Prank or Pain' link through their 'Know it All' project link.
- Internet Watch Foundation - support website with information on filtering, protection, and an area to report illegal content.
- Kidsmart - part of the Childnet stable of websites, dealing with Internet safety programmes for schools, young people and parents.
- "Staying Safe in a Wired World: a parent's guide to Internet safety" by Rob Nickel. A recently published book about most of the technologies used on the Internet and instructions on how to keep children safe while in cyberspace. Available from Amazon.
- The Definitive Guide to Internet Privacy & Online Security
- Online Safety Advice for Parents and Carers
(Please note that we are not responsible for the content or availability of the websites above)
Some Useful Contacts
If you feel you are being bullied through your mobile phone, either with phone calls or text messages, you will be able to seek help from your phone network provider using the phone numbers below:
- Orange - 07973 100 150, or 150 from an Orange phone
- Vodafone - 08700 700 11, or 191 from a Vodafone phone
- O2 - 08705 678 678, or 4445 from an O2 phone
- Virgin Mobile - 0845 6000 070, or 789 from a Virgin Mobile phone
- 3 Network - 08707 330 333, or 333 from your 3 Network phone
- T-Mobile - 0845 412 5000
If you are experiencing bullying phone calls through your landline, the numbers of the providers below may be useful:
British Telecom Nuisance Call Advisor - freephone 0800 661 441
Virgin Media - 0845 454 1111
If you are experiencing cyber-bullying through your email account, you may want to contact your Internet service provider for help.
- Use this weblink to find a comprehensive list of providers. Click on the 'info' button after each name to access phone numbers:
- Report abuse of school internal email or messaging to email@example.com
- Facebook users, or those affected by Facebook, can find help and advice at this link.
Director of ICT