Online Safety at Rye College
E-safety and security is an ever changing area of information technology. Rye College believes it is important to provide parents and carers access to resources they might find useful so they can help keep their children safe online. Take the time to view the following resources or contact the school if further advice is required.
Reporting an Issue
If you have an e-safety issue to report to the school, please contact Rye College's Safeguarding Lead, Ms J Carpenter.
Our AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) for students
All students sign an AUP when they start at Rye College, setting out our expectation for their behaviour when using information systems at the school, of which staying safe online is a major constituent.
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.
For advice on the safety tools for all the main social networks, click here.
Digital Safety: Staying Safe Online - A general informational guide to internet safety with specific sections on identify theft, social media use, keeping children safe online and internet viruses.
NSPCC Netaware - A site that allows parents to share how age appropriate social media site are and highlights features that could pose a risk for children’s and safety advice on how to combat this.
Some more general guides to the latest technologies, click the help sheet links below.
E-Safety - Useful Help Sheets
E-Safety - Device Help Sheets
If you have other children of primary school age take a look at the NSPCC's Share Aware site.
The Know IT All CD - an excellent resource for parents produced by ChildNet International.
Computer Security Advice
The term ‘sexting’ is used to describe the sending and receiving of sexually explicit photos, messages and video clips, by text, email or posting them on social networking sites. To find out more click here: www.internetmatters.org
This site is excellent for Parents and Carers to learn more about this topic.
Click here for an article from ThinkUKnow with '7 questions parents ask about nude selfies'.
How to check the suitability of video games
Gaming is a massive and enjoyable part of most young people’s lives, but it can involve problems via possible exposure to age-inappropriate material, abusive online communication, risky behaviour or hidden costs. You can help keep your child safe by being familiar with the PEGI (Pan European Game Information) system which rates video games according to their content and suitability for different ages. You can access the main PEGI website here including their searchable database of games.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Videos
Your child may have watched one of CEOP ‘s Thinkuknow films at school; they are a great way to start conversations with them about what can happen online and what they can do about it. The films may also be a good way for you to learn about some of the pressures young people may face, what can go wrong and what you can do about it. Ask your child if they have seen any of the films below - why not sit down and watch one together and discuss the topics? We would recommend that you watch the film on your own beforehand so that you’re aware of the topics it covers.