Welcome to our Internet Safety Zone.
Check in regularly for updates which will help you and your children stay safe online.
School Online Safety
Our school Online Safety Policy and the expectations and procedures it contains, identify clearly that the purpose of internet use in School is to raise educational standards, to promote student achievement, to support the professional work of staff and to enhance the School’s management information and business administration systems. The Online Safety Policy provides a framework to help staff and students remain safe online and develop their knowledge and understanding. A clear and transparent policy is in place to deal with anyone whose online behaviour falls short of expected standards, so as to support the staff and students as individuals, yet demonstrate clearly that certain patterns of behaviour are unacceptable. This policy forms part of the overall arrangements for safeguarding as set out in the Safeguarding Policy. Greenbank High School fully recognises its responsibilities for e-safety.
The internet is a great way to discover, create and connect with people. Issues around the safe use of the internet and cyberbullying do happen, in all walks of life. Greenbank High School proactively promotes e-safety and the prevention of cyberbullying. Bullying in any form has no place at Greenbank. Educating our pupils to take responsibility for their online behaviour takes place across the curriculum. We have a dedicated Online Safety Senior Lead (Mrs Whittaker) who can advise all staff, students, parents and governors on online safety issues. Please use the ‘Contact Us ’ tab on the front of the website to get in touch with Mrs Whittaker regarding any queries.
All staff and students must agree to abide by the School ICT Acceptable Usage Policy prior to using any School ICT facilities.
Reporting Online Safety Concerns
All pupils have access to the ‘I need help’ button on Firefly, our VLE. Online safety concerns can be reported here and will be picked up quickly. Alternatively, pupils can speak to their tutor, progress leader, learning mentor or any of the senior staff if they have concerns. Parents can call the school directly, or email using the ‘Contact Us’ tab on the VLE.
Where online safety concerns are serious, these can be reported to the police. Further information can be found on the Merseyside Police website Merseyside Police Website
In addition to parental controls offered by your internet service provider (ISP), some devices, such as games consoles, tablets and smart phones have additional settings. Please read the Parents' Guide to Technology produced by the Safer Internet Centre for more information.
Below are some great websites to help students and parents get the most out of technology, use the internet responsibly and to keep you and those you care about safe on the internet.
Staying Safe Online
Advice and resources for parents from setting up parental controls offered by your internet provider to parental guides to new technology.
Find out what’s good and what’s not so good on the internet and what you can do about it.
An interactive internet safety resource. Contains the latest advice on cyberbullying and reporting.
Information and advice to encourage responsible digital citizenship.
kidsMART Great for children, teachers, parents and carers. Fun games and activities alongside internet safety advice.
Produced by young people. Explores the issues of internet security and protection with explanations, important information and advice on how to protect a computer from viruses, phishing, scams, spyware and trojans.
File Sharing and Downloading
A leaflet developed with the music industry.
A list of legal sites to download music.
Are you an Accidental Outlaw?
Take the quiz and test your knowledge about the law online.
Online etiquette or ‘netiquette’ – The dos and don’ts of online communication
The internet often plays a huge part in many young people’s daily activities; allowing them to communicate freely with others and share information with ease via messaging apps, social media and gaming networks. http://www.childnet.com/blog/online-etiquette-or-netiquette-the-dos-and-donts-of-online-communication-
Roblox - a guide for parents
Our Education Officer Tom looks at the popular gaming site Roblox and gives top tips for parents wanting to help young people stay safe whilst gaming on Roblox. http://www.childnet.com/blog/roblox-a-guide-for-parents
Live.ly mobile app is the fastest growing social media streaming app available and has approximately 20 million users worldwide. It enables users to live stream videos of themselves, and watch videos from other users. It has limited security features, making it possible for users to potentially identify where a video is being streamed from or has been recorded. Any video can be recorded or shared without the permission or knowledge of the person who made it.
Many legitimate apps are being used by young people in a way that allows them to communicate with or be contacted by strangers, which creates a very real and significant risk to them.
Net Aware is part of the Share Aware campaign, which is embodied by Net Aware, with the aim of giving parents and carers the tools they need to have regular and informed conversations with their child about staying safe online.