At Bishop Barrington School we pride ourselves on taking a lead in teaching our students how to use new technology safely. We have an a e-safety co-ordinator in school who monitors breaches of E-safety together with the safeguarding team whose work is ongoing on implementing new initiatives to increase student, parent and staff awareness of issues relating to online safety.
All KS3 and KS4 students will receive a number of lessons this year as part of the computer Studies curriculum about how to stay safe in a digital world. These will be organised around an e-safety topic each term. This year the topics are as follows:
At KS3 and KS4 in Careers and/or Personal Development lesson students also learn about issues such as Digital Footprint, Fraping, Sexting, Sex and Social Media, Cyberbullying and Safety Online to name but a few.
We have established an e-safety notice board in school where students can find information about online safety and if they or you have any concerns can use our school Sharp system. If you would like to find out more information please click on one the website links to the right, which provide further information for parents and students on specific topics.
We always focus particularly on e-safety during National Anti-Bullying week in November each year and take the opportunity to highlight all aspects of internet security with students during Safer Internet Day in February.
We continually update our resources and our planning in line with the governments safeguarding requirements. We receive regular updates on current e-safety issues in the press from the LA and CEOP and respond to these by informing the students in assemblies or by adding additional information in PD or Computer Studies lessons, obviously this is very much dependent on the messages we have to impart to our students.
Kik messenger has become a popular app with some groups of pupils, however we have been warned by Durham Police that it is being used by offenders to groom children to obtain indecent photos and videos.
Please be aware that:-
See further advice HERE
If you discover that your child has been abused using this or any other app please contact Durham Police on 101 or contact the school for further advice.