At HTC, E-Safety is taken very seriously.
Invaluable safety information for parents
At the start of every academic year students undergo a series of lessons based on E-Safety and how to protect themselves against the many threats that they can be exposed to.
Students are educated on a variety of areas within E-Safety. These include:-
• Setting secure passwords
• How to send emails
• How to take part in online discussion
• How to take action when things go wrong
• How to setup a personal web space safely
• How Wikis work
• Creating safe criteria for online communications
As our children are now living in a digital world and are becoming digital natives within it, it has become increasingly important that as Educators, Parents and Carers we are aware of their activities and how we can protect them against possible threats.
Please see the links below for advice on how to protect your children on the many threats to their safety whilst they are online.
If you have any queries regarding E-Safety, please contact the relevant Year Leader.
Esafety Advice @ HTC
The websites below provide a comprehensive list of links and information about online safety so students, can decide what is right for them when using the Internet and associated technologies.
Students are aware that if they are concerned about their own digital activity at HTC they can discuss or report it to their Year Leaders, Tutors, Mrs Skeet ( Student Counsellor) or their ICT Teacher. At home they are encouraged to discuss any concerns with parents or guardians and if necessary report issues to the Police and CEOP.
“CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. CEOP protects children from harm online and offline, both directly and in partnership with local and international agencies.” Click on the link if you or somebody you know of has been, or may be, the victim of on-line harassment, bullying or exploitation.
Click on the link if you have discovered any offensive websites or obscene content on the internet. The Internet Watch Foundation has the power to shut these sites down. To minimise the availability of potentially criminal internet content specifically:
- Child sexual abuse content* hosted anywhere in the world.
- Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK.
- Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK
Think U Know is an important web site that is aimed at children and their parents/carers to educate all concerned about the potential dangers and risks that currently exisit on the internet. It is an important aspect of modern life that parents and carers are aware of exactly what their children have posted on line, what security risks there are and also what site their children are visiting. Please click on the link below and spend some time watching the video clips and resources therein.
Childline offers help and advice to children who are worried, concerned or at risk in any way. If you would like to contact an impartial person to discuss any issues that you may be finding difficult, please click on the link below or ring the number shown.
Click on the link below if you would like to make contact with an impartial person to speak to if you, or someone you know of , may be feeling depressed, anxious or suffering from any sort of mental illness.
“We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.”
FRANK helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don’t). For friendly, confidential advice, Talk to FRANK. Click on the link below if you have any queries, or are concerned about any one, in relation to drug, alcohol and substance abuse.
Online safety for children: a guide to protecting your kids online
ChildNet International – special parents section & leaflets for download
Be Safe Online
BBC guide to using the Internet
Digizen – Young people and social networks
Worried? Need to Talk?
Protecting Children’s Privacy Online
Get safe online
Useful software websites – mostly free
- AVG Anti-virus website
- Spybot – Anti-Spyware
- Zone Alarm Firewall