e-Safety Update


On Monday the children had an e-Safety Assembly where they were reminded of how to stay safe using the internet and other mobile technology such as mobile phones. They were also reminded of this website’s e-Safety page which can be reached by clicking the logo below:

The e-Safety page provides links to a range of websites that offer advice to pupils and parents on how to stay safe electronically, often based around the SMART plan:

S. Keep Safe
Don’t give out personal information.
M. Don’t Meet Up
Never meet up with an online friend.
A. Accepting E-Mails Can Be Dangerous
Don’t open junk mail, or mail from people you don’t know.
R. Reliable?
Beware: people might not be who they say they are.
T. Tell Someone
Always tell an adult if you feel uncomfortable or worried.

We have just had a new server and network installed in school (and have some very exciting ICT possibilities in the pipeline) which we hope will reinvigorate ICT at Holy Trinity, and informing our pupils on e-Safety will be at the core of what we do.

It is on this e-Safety theme that we feel we should mention the use of Facebook and similar sites by Holy Trinity pupils. This is taken from Facebook’s Privacy Page:

If you are under age 13, please do not attempt to register for Facebook or provide any personal information about yourself to us. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible.
It came to light during the e-Safety assembly that there are a number of children, some in Year 3, that have Facebook profiles. With an age limit of 13 in place they have therefore lied about their ages in order to register. Whilst we can not stop our pupils registering with Facebook out of school time, it is blocked within school and we would like to make it clear that the registration of a pupil on Facebook goes against our e-Safety policy and we do not recommend or encourage it. The school’s Facebook page is intended for parents/carers only and that is the message clearly given to our pupils.
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