At West Kidlington we take the safety of our pupils in all aspects of their life very seriously. Within that remit we are committed to educating our young people to be safe internet users and in supporting parents with this very important skill at home too.
In school we have an internet safety code of conduct that all pupils and staff are expected to adhere too (please visit the pupils e-safety page to read this). We have strong and constantly updated filters in place to protect and govern internet use.
For more e-safety information please use the links below:
How to Deal with Concerns
If at any point you have any concerns about your child’s safety on line, please talk with your child’s class teacher. You can also report it to CEOP (a police led online crime and safety service).
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency, and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP is here to help young people (up to age 18) who have been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online or in the real world. They also offer advice and links to support in response to other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying or hacking. For information, advice and to report concerns directly to CEOP, visit the Safety Centre by clicking on the Click CEOP button:
CEOP always recommend the following;
- If you need urgent help, i.e, your child is in immediate danger such as meeting a stranger they have met online, then call 999.
- Don’t delete any emails, images or conversations related to this report
- Don’t contact the suspect yourself. Let us do the detective work
Most sites will have their own report buttons too or facility to block people and pages that cause you concern.
Extremism and Radicalisation
Children can be exposed to materials online that can have great effect on their view of the world. If you are concerned about how to help protect your child from exposure to views that could cause them harm, please use the link below for further guidance. You can also visit our safeguarding page to see what you can do about concerns.
You may find the following guidance on some of the many social media sites useful. It is important to remember that Social Media Sites (for example Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, Instagram etc) have a minimum age requirement of 13+ in their terms and conditions. WhatsApp and other internet based messaging services can only be used by 16 year olds and over.
It is advisable to look at the website of your broadband provider or contact them as many of the large providers offer restrictions and controls that you can put in place to restrict your child’s use of the internet in your home. You can also action restrictions on individual devices. Below are some links to relevant website which might assist you in this:
Firefox – Firefox has an add-on called ‘Fox Filter’ which can be applied.
Internet Explorer does have parental/family settings. Please follow instructions below to set parental controls:
To set controls:
- Open Internet Explorer
- Select “Tools” from the toolbar
- Select “Internet Options”
- Choose the “Content” tab
- Click “Enable”
- Adjust the slider to select the level you deem appropriate for your child
- Save changes