Here at Bensham we take e-safety very seriously. The internet, although a wonderful resource, has evolved into a tool that can be exploited for foul means, as well as fair. We strive to educate all of our pupils about the dangers of using the internet as well as encouraging safe usage. Our sidebar (available on most pages) includes a direct link to the CEOP website where pupils or parents can report anything they think is unsafe or inappropriate to the authorities and in severe cases, to the police. We continuously monitor our pupils internet usage to protect them from explicit content as well as offer our own in house email service which the pupils can use safely. This is in conjunction with filtering offered to us by London Grid for Learning. We take care not to use pupils full names on our website and permission must be given by parents before we use an image of a pupil. All of our website and external publications are produced in-house by our ICT Systems Co-Ordinator. Issues of inappropriate content are dealt with quickly and effectively and we have a “no blame” environment, so that pupils and staff can feel safe to tell us of inappropriate content without fear of recourse. We believe this allows people to be more transparent if they find something that is not pleasing. We also have an e-safety Committee that meets termly to discuss any major issues and how to deal with advances in technology.
Help And Advice
For Parents, carers and all those who are not used to Technology, computers and internet enabled devices can seem scary, especially when it comes to letting your child use them. As with all forms of communication, the internet is open to abuse and undesirable content. Facebook, Twitter and other social media are great tools and a brilliant way to keep in touch with friends and family, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. There are also sites online that are designed to steal information and mislead you, but you can stop some of them. With that in mind, here are a few tips that may help you.
Please note that all links are provided as a courtesy and Bensham Manor School takes no responsibility for any of the sites, nor any issues that arise from the use of these links
Cyberbullying is a nasty side effect of communication and is not tolerated at all by Bensham Manor School. If an incident of cyberbullying takes place between our pupils we will attempt to educate both pupils in how to keep themselves safe online and protect themselves from issues. Every incident reported is taken seriously by us. If communication from outside sources are involved we always suggest clicking the CEOP button to the side of our website and reporting it to the authorities. We cannot always do this on your pupils behalf.
The best way to protect your child is to educate them about the benefits and drawbacks to using communication over the internet.
Here are some links to a few good sites to help you and your child keep on top of their e-Safety, as well as some numbers for if they need to talk to anyone. Bullying, whether face to face or online is still bullying and can have an effect on your pupils mood. If you notice them acting unusually or if they need to talk to someone these numbers are there to help.
CEOP – These are a Police department dedicated to tackling child abuse on the Internet.
ThinkUKnow – Information and advice for Parents and Pupils. Highly recommended
Internet Watch Foundation – If you find obscene images or child abuse please contact.
NSPCC – You can ring them on 08088005000 if you are worried about your child.
Childline – You can speak to a counsellor online or ring 0800 1111 if you want advice or support.