Protecting students and staff while they use ICT and the internet is important at Hillside, we have a number of measures in place concerning E-safety.
Below is a list of measures implemented to protect and inform our users regarding e-safety and to minimise the risk from e-safety incidents:
Secure internet connection provided by Virgin Media
Internet content filtering provided Smoothwall
Monitoring of pupils and staff using software called e-Safe
Whole School E-safety policy with acceptable use policies (AUPs) for all users
CEOP Report abuse buttons within internet browsers and intranet sites
CEOP accredited training for staff
CEOP accredited materials used within ICT and Citizenship/SMSC lessons
Annual E-safety Assemblies (Internet Safety Week)
E-safety workshops for parents.
E-safety information within School newsletters
E-safety page on school website
A copy of the current School e-safety policy is available from the School Policies page.
As mentioned above, e-safety is taught within ICT and Citizenship/SMSC lessons. The following information gives a brief explanation on how this is covered.
All classes in years 7 and 8 have complete dedicated units of work covering different aspects of online safety. Throughout the year, pupils also regularly learn about the following
how to stay safe online,
risks of using the internet and how to protect yourself against being a victim of online abuse
Year 9, 10 and 11 Computer Science pupils learn about the following
Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns
Citizenship/SMSC explores the issue of prejudice, diversity and bullying in the first term in year 7. This is done to ensure that students are aware of the issues and expectations within the secondary school environment at the very start of their school career.
Online-safety is delivered during this time to raise awareness of potential threats to student safety through the use of a variety of technologies. An example of this would be cyber bullying using the internet.
There are a range of differentiated resources held on the school network from which form tutors can choose the most appropriate for their form group. These resources are accompanied by lesson plans to assist tutors in delivering the lessons effectively.
Lessons resources consist of:
E-safety and cyber bullying information (leaflets, posters, articles etc.)
CEOP / Thinkuknow video files
Quiz based PowerPoint’s for teachers to use with the class
Website shortcuts to locate up-to-date E-safety information
Diary tasks (to develop pupil empathy)
Shortly after the topic of E-safety finishes in year 7 Citizenship/SMSC, the content is reinforced and further developed by subject specialists in the schools ICT department. This cross-curricular approach emphasises and raises the profile of E-Safety across the school.