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Digital Romance Assembly Tour -The impact of technology on romantic relationships

Supporting our students around this important focus is a vital part of our curriculum provision for

  • online safety
  • relationships and sex education
  • safeguarding

This 25-30 minute assembly, targeted at year 9 and above, focuses on how young people’s relationships are integral to their online behaviour. It will be delivered through a presentation with embedded DVD/sound.

Digital Romance Assembly Tour - Final Bookings

Roblox online game warning

We have been made aware of a supposed warning from Kent Police about the dangers of the Roblox game. These warnings were not actually issued by Kent police but we are taking this opportunity to remind parents that Roblox, just as any other gaming website that allows players to interact, has its potential risks. At a recent CEOP event it was shared that there had been minor issues with inappropriate characters on the Roblox gaming site but that these had been resolved very quickly. Roblox is age rated for 8-18 year olds and there is a reporting facility should it be needed.

Our advice is not to stop children accessing age appropriate online games but to:

  • Ensure they know how to report an incident when on any game
  • Keep their information private at all times
  • Talk with a trusted adult immediately if they have any concerns
  • Check safety and privacy settings are limited to people they know in the real world

For more information please visit the childnet guidance for parents on Roblox at:

Keeping Children Safe in Education - update 2018

There have been some key eSafety guidance changes within this document. The most likely to affect many schools is that the overall responsibility for eSafety now lies with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or deputy DSL. This role can no longer be delegated to another member of staff, such as Computing/ICT Lead, unless that person has completed appropriate DSL training. Reallocation of this responsibility may be a temporary solution to this problem until training can be completed if this affects your school.

Amongst other important changes, eSafety is no longer an optional school policy. There must now be direct references to online safety either within the Child Protection/Safeguarding policy or as a separate document. This includes acceptable use agreements for staff and pupils.

The Hertfordshire online safety policy template can be found at the link below should you wish to adopt it either in full or in part.

Below is a link to an excellent analysis of the changes by Kent County Council. It highlights suggested actions in addition to key changes based on this new document. From there, the original document can also be found.

Safety message from Herts Police

An incident involving Hertfordshire school girls who filmed and broadcast a seemingly harmless video of themselves from their home address using an app on their mobile phone has highlighted some of the dangers of geo-tagged data. It is believed that unknown viewers of the video not only contacted the girls but also identified the house from where the broadcast was made and potentially followed them.

Police offer the following advice:

  1. Think before you broadcast. Remember that your broadcast could be recorded by someone and then potentially shared and uploaded anywhere online – think carefully about what you are sharing.
  2. Consider your privacy. It’s worth considering who you would like to share your broadcast with; you may wish to make your broadcast limited or private. We recommend that you don’t share your location.
  3. Understand the risks involved. Geotagged broadcasts could potentially give someone intent on scaring or targeting you the opportunity to know your exact whereabouts, eg. which house you are in.
  4. Know how to disable your phone or camera's geotagging feature. Every smartphone has the geotagging feature automatically set to operate, so you need to put in the effort to prevent it from doing this. It's recommended that you disable the geotagging ability and enable it only when you make a conscious decision to use it; it's far better to opt in than to try to remember to opt out.
  5. Remember it is never too late to tell someone. If anything worries you, it’s vital to tell a trusted adult or you can chat confidentially to ChildLine online or on 0800 1111. Remember you can report to the police via the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre:

Sumdog Data Protection

Sumdog is an educational gaming platform which is becoming popular with schools.

Although the concept may be considered appropriate, there have been concerns raised by parents to schools using the service recently. The service currently requires schools to upload details of users (pupils) to their database. The complaints have been made on the grounds that the names of users are shared publicly. Adults can reportedly sign up to the service too, so ultimately there could be adults in another country playing against the children in your schools. The advice is not to necessarily stop using this service but as with all online services please do check the privacy policy and gain parental permission for children before signing them up to it.

The extract below, taken from the Sumdog Privacy Policy suggests that the Safe Harbor Agreement statement released by HfL should be considered too.

‘Information we collect on student users will only be stored and processed in the United States of America or the European Union. Depending on your location, we may need to transfer it to these places’.

Educate Against Hate

This new Government website gives parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.

Counter-extremism guidance for schools and childcare providers

 

Government briefing note for schools - released July 2015

How social media is used to encourage travel to Syria and Iraq.

 

eSafety Ofsted Update: A presentation by David Brown HMI, National Lead for Computing, given at the London Grid for Learning 2015 conference

Useful information from David Brown can be found throughout this presentation, but in particular slides 19-30 are focused on eSafety.

Student-Centered eSafety: Promoting Online Safety with Creative Apps

Chris Carter, Herts for Learning e-Developments Adviser, has just had a book published by Apple as part of his involvement in the Apple Distinguished Educator programme.  The book is available online via i-Pads at