Our in-school filtering system is called 'Fortiguard' and works in a way that stops the children accessing sites which are inappropriate. This is based on a system which monitors the use of words and blocked sites.
As a school, we buy this system from Oldham Council and they maintain it. They have a bank of websites already blocked and we are able to add any websites we feel are inappropriate.
If a user in school tries to access a blocked site Fortiguard will block the site and the below image will appear.
This breach is then reported to Mr McGrath and Mr O'Connor in school with a way to identify the user.
If you require any further information about our filtering or monitoring in school please contact the main office.
The website for Fortigate is : https://www.fortinet.com
On Friday 7th October, Google and Parentzone took an assembly looking at E-safety and they asked the children to take part.
The assembly was brilliant and they introduced some new resources that will help the children be safe when using the Internet.
A new page has been released through Safer Internet. They have some easy to follow instructions on how to make some of your online providers safer for children like; Netflix, 4OD, Youtube.
Follow the link below
We have had a few incidents of Snapchat being used poorly in school over the last few weeks. I have spoken to the children and would like to share some information for parents.
Please click the following links to find out more
Thank you to the parents who came to the meeting held at the beginning of June. It was great to see more of you coming and learning how to keep your children safe when using computers.
If parents and carers were not able to come and would like to read some of the information on how to keep children safe when using: Youtube, WhatsApp and Snapchat I have uploaded some help documents below.
Thanks again to the parents who came. I look forward to seeing you all at the next meeting.
Sexting is when someone shares sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sends sexually explicit messages.
They can be sent using mobiles, tablets, smartphones, laptops - any device that allows you to share media and messages.
Sexting may also be called:
During E-safety week the children all enjoyed activities based around E-safety.
They watched a video made by another primary school looking at some of the problems with cyberbullying. If you would like to watch it yourself, I have attached it below.
Please visit all the class pages to see what the children did during E-safety week.
Parenting in the digital age
School has bought into a very useful resource that will provide an online course for all parents to support them with 'Parenting in the digital age'. It covers a range of modules from understanding all the different social media platforms like; Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram to finding ways of making access to the internet safer for all.
We were hoping to run sessions in school for anybody who would like to come and take part. If you would be interested in taking part in these sessions please contact school (either through the office or the parent feedback form click here)
If you would like to complete the course at home yourself, I can provide you with a log in and password. Once again, please let school know either through the office or the parent feedback form click here.
How to lock Windows 10 to keep your children safer on the Internet
An introduction to locking your home router to make the internet a safer place to be. If you would like me to run a session in school for parents explaining how to lock: sky, virgin media, talk talk router, I can do.
How to secure a sky router
How to secure a Virgin Media router
How to secure a Talk Talk router
What is your child's digital footprint?
This sheet looks at what your children leave on the Internet and how they can protect themselves from leaving too much. Particularly looking at social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), the pictures they post and things they write. Remembering that once it has been posted, it is there forever!