Why is this important and how does it link to our values?
What is e-safety?
Ofsted describes e-safety as a school's ability to protect and educate pupils and staff in their use of technology as well as having appropriate mechanisms in place to intervene and support any incident where appropriate.
E-Safety at OSCA
E-Safety is a high priority at Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy as we recognise that technology is a fundamental part of modern-day life, which has revolutionised the way in which we learn, entertain and interact with each other.
The internet is a wonderful and diverse place, filled with incredible information resources, which most children use safely and responsibly yet it can be a place of concern bringing its problems and risks and occasionally placing young people in danger.
How does it work? Key information/structure
At OSCA we balance our concerns about our students’ safety online with empowering them to explore and make the most of this wonderfully rich resource, safe in the knowledge that they can talk to us about anything they may run into.
We have a duty to provide students with safe and secure Internet access as part of their learning experience so access is designed to include filtering, appropriate to the age of the student.
We provide training, advice and guidance to both staff and students on using the internet and make sure that they are aware of what is and what is not acceptable (netiquette), the risks and how to report any concerns.
As well as learning about e-safety in their ICT lessons and other subjects, students receive additional information during assemblies and PSHE.
We also provide parents with information during parents’ evenings and throughout the year.
What do I need to do? How can I find out more?
Support, Guidance and Information
Advice for Parents
Helping young people remain safe online is an increasing challenge. This section of the website will provide you with what children already know or need to know about the online environment as well as providing advice about how you can protect your family, allowing them to use the Internet safely and securely while having as much fun as possible.
Additional advice for parents, carers and young people can be found here:
CEOP: Child Exploitation and Online Protection
CEOP is a law enforcement agency established to help keep children and young people safe from sexual exploitation, grooming and abuse online. They help thousands of children and young people every year. They offer help and advice, and you can make a report directly to them if something has happened online which has made someone feel unsafe, scared or worried. This could be from someone a young person knows in real life, or someone they have only ever met online. Click on the icon to access the CEOP website.
If you are being bullied online and would like to talk to someone in confidence right now you can call Childline on 0800 1111 or talk to them online – no worry is too big or too small. Please also tell an adult that you trust, like a parent/carer or teacher.
If you are in immediate danger please call the police on 999 straight away. Please also tell an adult you trust who will be able to help you.