We take your safety seriously, and this doesn't end when you leave the school grounds. Please read the documents on the right to understand more about protecting your own safety online.
Internet Survival Tips from Commonsense Media
- Never give any personal information to anyone you meet online. That means first or last names, phone numbers (they can be used to track down you home), passwords, birth dates or years, or bank/credit card information.
- Never meet up with anyone you don't already know. Don't tell anyone your schedule; don't say where you'll be hanging out. No party announcements. People are often not who they say they are. It's true: 1 in 5 kids will be sexually solicited online.
- Don't fill out any "fun" questionnaires that are forwarded to you, even if they're from your friends. Remember, you're in a world where everything can get forwarded. All those personal things about you could land in the hands of someone who could use them to harm you.
- Make sure you know everyone on your buddy list. If you haven't met the people face-to-face, they may not be who they pretend to be. Also, Instant Messaging strangers is an invasion of their privacy.
- You do not have to answer emails or IMs from people you don't know. As a matter of fact, you shouldn't. Who knows who they are? Even if they say they're "David's friend," David could be a lucky guess. "Kids" you meet in chat rooms may actually be creepy adults.
- There's no such thing as "private" on the Internet. You may think so, but it's not true. People can find anything they want — and keep what you post — forever.
- Be careful about posting pictures of yourself (if you must, don't post sexy ones or ones showing behavior you wouldn't want your mom, teacher, boss, or potential college advisor to see). Just because an older sibling has posted snaps on a site doesn't make it a smart or a safe idea. Pictures with identifiers like where you go to school (includiing your uniform) can be shopping lists for online predators and other creeps.
- Don't send pictures of other people. Forwarding an embarrassing picture of someone else is a form of bullying. How would you like it if someone did that to you?
- Don't download content without your parents' permission. Many sites have spyware that will damage your computer. Other sites have really inappropriate content. Your parents can check your computer's URL history, so you can't hide where you've been.
- Never share your password with anyone but your parents.
Remember that as frustrating as your teachers and parents are on this subject, they're only trying to keep you safe.
If you feel unsafe online:
Tell an adult what has happened straight away, or tell a friend.
If you find it difficult to talk to anyone at school or at home, you may wish to contact Childline for confidential advice and support:
- Freephone 0800 1111
- Online chat
- Ask Sam
Report an Incident
Bullying is behaviour by an individual/group repeated over time, which intentionally hurts another individual/group either physically or emotionally.
*We are currently working on a new and improved reporting system which will be live and ready for launch during Anti-Bullying Week.*
In the meantime please contact Mr Blenkin, Deputy Headteacher, for advice and to report an incident:
If you'd like to report something other than bullying, please speak to your Standards and Progress Leader, Pastoral Manager, or Form Tutor.
Remember: this is NOT an emergency service.
There will be a delay in dealing with any information submitted out of school hours, during the weekend or during school holidays.