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E-Safety

Malton School is committed to ensuring that our students have a safe and enjoyable experience while using technology. We protect our students using a combination of technology and software solutions, as well as training, education, and awareness.

Here are some of the measures we have implemented to achieve our goal of ensuring e-safety in our Apple Distinguished School:

  • Smoothwall Firewall: We use Smoothwall Firewall within the school to protect our students from various online threats, including viruses, malware, phishing, and other malicious content. This firewall uses advanced filtering techniques to block inappropriate content and prevent unauthorized access to our network.
  • Managed Devices: We ensure all school-managed devices have up-to-date patches and protection software installed. This helps to prevent security breaches and protect our students’ personal information. We also have strict policies to prevent unauthorised access to these devices.
  • Email Analysis System: We use an automatic system that analyses email content for potential safeguarding risks. This system helps us identify and address any concerns that may arise without compromising students’ right to privacy.
  • CEOP Ambassador Training: Our students receive regular training and presentations by a CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Ambassador. This helps to raise awareness about online safety and empowers students to make informed choices when using technology. We also provide regular training and awareness sessions for our staff to ensure they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to recognise and address any e-safety concerns.
  • Student and Parent Resources: We provide a range of resources for students and parents to learn more about e-safety and to help them develop the necessary skills and knowledge to stay safe online. These resources include links to external websites, PDFs, and other documents that cover a range of e-safety topics.

We believe it is essential to work together with parents and carers to ensure that our students know the potential risks associated with online activities. We encourage all our students and parents to take an active role in promoting e-safety both at school and at home.

Please find some additional resources below. If you have any questions or concerns about e-safety at our school, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can email our IT Manager Mr Ferrari at dxf@malton.pmat.academy

Resources that focus on keeping students safe online in the UK:

  1. UK Safer Internet Centre – The UK Safer Internet Centre provides many resources and information to help children and young people stay safe online. Their website includes guidance for parents, carers, and teachers and resources for children and young people of different ages.
    https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/
  2. Childnet International – Childnet International is a charity that promotes safe and responsible internet use by children and young people. Their website includes resources for parents, carers and teachers, as well as resources for children and young people of different ages.
    https://www.childnet.com/
  3. NSPCC – The NSPCC is a charity that provides support and advice for parents, carers and young people on various issues, including online safety. Their website includes guidance on how to talk to children about online security and information on how to report concerns.
    https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
  4. The National Crime Agency’s Child Exploiation and Online Protection (CEOP) Education Team – the aim of CEOP’s Education Team is to help protect children and young people from online child sexual abuse. They publish a number of resources and training courses to help keep children safe online.
    https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
  5. Parent Zone – Parent Zone is a website that provides information and resources for parents on various issues, including online safety. Their website includes guidance on how to set up parental controls and information on different types of apps and games.
    https://parentzone.org.uk/
  6. Copy of a presentation given to parents at the Parents’ Forum on 19 March 2024 on helping keep your child safe online

 

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