eSafety at BFS
The Internet is very much a part of life, it is available anywhere there is a wireless or wired connection, including TV's, mobile phones, games consoles as well as computers, and laptops. As an educational establishment we recognise the importance of the internet in our students lives, not just in our primary focus of education, but also in our students social interaction, leisure pursuits and creative expression.
The Internet enhances our students' education too, with access to the internet students have a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips, this together with a carefully planned lesson can enhance a students' knowledge of the subject matter at hand.
Whilst we recognise these benefits and the importance of the internet, we also recognise that there are drawbacks and potential dangers to anyone who uses it, for example
- Access to inappropriate materials. such as pornography and violence.
- Email scams.
- Easier access to personal information.
- Communication with strangers.
These issues and more are addressed in the college's PSHCE and tutorial curriculum e-safety lessons. Our teachers are trained to ensure our students do use the internet in their lessons in a productive and informative way, for example when asked to research a subject, students are asked to make sure their information is coming from a credible source and that they check all the facts they find to avoid misinformation. They also discuss how to recognise risk taking and how to behave responsibly online.
If students have any concerns about their or someone else’s use of the Internet or technology, it is essential they discuss these concerns with a trusted adult as soon as possible to minimise any risk.
Bronze and Silver Duke of York iDEA Award
All KS3 students have the opportunity to achieve Bronze and Silver Duke of York iDEA Award in lessons and for homework to help them develop digital, enterprise and employability skills. KS4 students have the opportunity to work towards the awards as an extra-curricular activity. The badges earned help reinforce understanding about subjects they may already know a bit about as well as enhancing their digital literacy ready for the world of work.
The badges are divided into categories for different types of skills including:
- Citizen - digital awareness, e-safety and ethics
- Worker - tools and technique which are useful in the workplace
- Make - digital creativity and how to build and make safely in the digital world
- Entrepreneur - how to organise ideas and bring them to life
The Awards are not only for students - all parents are welcome to sign up and work on achieving their own Bronze and Silver Duke of York iDEA Awards! Please share with us any success or contact Mrs Sherman for further information.
One of the huge benefits to the internet is that there is now a wealth of information out there, we have gathered together a handful of websites that contain excellent resources to help you learn and keep informed about the internet and new technologies.
This website is managed by CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection government agency, this site has lots of up to date information on the new technologies available for use and explains the risks of using these technologies in and easily digestible format.
UK Safer Internet Centre
The Safer Internet Centre, holds e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet
Childnet International’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children
Know IT All
Award winning resources for teachers and parents.
A Website where you and your children can learn more about the internet and being a SMART surfer.
The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS.
We have included a selection of documents we feel are useful for parents regarding online safety. Please download and go through them with your children, revisiting them as often as needed. The safety of your children is of utmost important to us all and the relationship between student, parents/carers and school is strengthened when communication and support is visible. Please contact a member of staff if you would like any additional advice or guidance or you have a concern.
We have a team of Digital Leaders who lead on e-safety in the school, for parents as well as in the local community. To become a fully-fledged Digital Leader, students must complete the Digital Leader training as well as attend weekly meetings. Students will also be able to discuss any concerns with a Digital Leader who would then pass concerns on to a trusted adult within school.
We also have an email address for students or parents to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org