At Northampton Academy, we take e-safety extremely seriously. We believe that it is the right of all students, parents and staff to feel safe and secure when using technology.
We teach students to use the internet and other technologies safely, and we show them how to behave in an appropriate manner. They know what to do if they feel uncomfortable with anything they see or hear either online or through other technology such as mobile phones.
It is important to encourage a healthy lifestyle with regard to the use of technology, and teach student's about the risks of exposure to inappropriate content or too much time in front of a screen. We show them how to keep their data and security safe, and we teach them to be critical of the things they see online.
If a child feels uncomfortable or if they feel scared about anything online they can report it on CEOP or Northampton Academy SHARP system.
Please see our policies page for our e-safety policy and ICT policy, which hold detailed information about how we ensure our children remain safe in their use of technology.
We are contantly working hard to increase awareness amongst our students of the dangers of the internet.
Working with Parents and Carers
It is really important that parent's and carer's work with us to ensure children stay safe in their use of technology. When we talk about e-safety, we are not just talking about the internet. We are talking about the use of computers, games consoles (such as X-Box or Playstation), mobile devices, suchs phones and tablets, televisions and many other things. There are several elements to e-safety that we teach at Northampton Academy:
- How to use the internet safely, and what to do if something goes wrong or we see something we shouldn't How to keep ourselves safe - keeping our details private and keeping our data secure.
- How to behave when using technology - being courteous and responsible, and what to do if others treat us in a way which is not kind.
- Encouraging a healthy use of technology - not over-using mobiles, consoles or computers.
You will have been asked to fill out our 'acceptable use policy' for your child. This details some of the ways in which we encourage children to behave, and outlines our rules for safe use of technology. We also ask your permission for the use of photos and video for use on the website and in other areas of digital or printed publicity.
All students at Northampton Academy receive E-safety training to help keep them safe in an ever evolving technological world. Please look at the useful links and documents below regarding how to keep your child safe whilst using technology and the internet:
Snapchat and Location Sharing
Snapchat has recently added location sharing to the app, giving pinpoint locations of users when switched on. This has obvious implications for user safety. We would strongly recommend that parents and students take the time to look at how their location is shared in Snapchat and other apps (eg Facebook).
Please see this blogpost for more details about controlling who can see your location settings in snapchat:
We are aware that there are groups of people using social media groups to encourage dangerous behaviour in children (sometimes described as ‘Blue Whale’).
Sayat.me is app designed to allow users to invite anonymous comments, while it does not allow two way contact, it is open to direct bullying, but only has a PG rating.
Live streaming platforms such as Live.ly, Periscope, Facebook Live and Musical.ly are particularly open to abuse as there is no easy way to control or remove anything that has been streamed.
All Apps that allow social interaction have the potential for abuse. There is a minimum age requirement in the sign-up agreements, and it is important that parents are aware of this, as it indicates the level of protections offered. Typically, if the minimum age is 18, there are no protections offered by the service to prevent inappropriate communication, and no parental controls. Apps with a minimum age of 13 generally have some way of reporting and or blocking inappropriate content along with some parental controls.
Platform minimum age to sign up:
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||18 (13-17 with parental consent)
All Apps have a PEGI rating. This is equivalent to the age rating of a film, set at 12, 16 and 18. It is illegal to sell rated items to children below the age rating in the UK.
Click here for more information about apps that are most commonly used by teenagers.
E-Safety Support Blog:
Support and advice for schools and parents/carers on e-safety.
Vodafone Parental Controls
Advice to help parents and carers stay in control of safety, no matter the age of your child.
Childline Zipit App
Childline have produced an app to help individuals keep online chat within safe boundaries - please click on the logo above and take a look. It is available for all Smartphones, iPads and Android Tablets - please encourage your child to use it.