Online safety is taken seriously at Shaftesbury High School. We have assemblies about online safety to watch videos describing to our students the risks of having an online presence. This E-Safety page will be developed with relevant content for our students and their parents & carers to use and refer to for help with online safety and understanding the risks of being online and how to manage those risks.
The online safety section of this site is mainly for parents and carers but also for our students and staff to use as a helpful guide. New E-Safety content and sites will be listed here as we add them.
- Anti-Bullying Alliance's interactive anti-bullying tool for parents - The Anti-Bullying Alliance have created a useful, interactive tool for parents to give them information in a visual manner about bullying.
- What parents and carers need to know about online gaming
- Sharing pictures of your children online
- Keeping your under 5 safe online
- Using parental controls
Information about Twitch
Twitch is an online live streaming video site. Users can broadcast live video games, eSport events, music performances etc. However there are some issues to keep in mind about Twitch.
Please be aware that:
- Users can chat privately. This is called a 'Whisper'. You can limit who can whisper to you in your settings.
- Whilst using Twitch may seem harmless, some of the games being played may have violent content such as the Call of Duty series which often has a rating of 18+.
- There is no child friendly filter. The content that users can view isn't restricted based on the age of the account holder.
- Chat rooms run alongside the live-stream. Content is moderated but this can only happen after it is posted.
- There is advertising along the side of the site.
- Twitchers who stream may use inappropriate language which may be an issue if children are watching.
If you are worried about your child using Twitch, visit their website, Twitch.tv, and have a look around yourself. If your child wants to watch a particular stream, why not watch a few of the streams with your children to help you understand what is being streamed and make a decision about the suitability of the content for your child.
It might be useful to remember that Twitch's terms of service/use state that users between 13 and 18 must use Twitch only if supervised by an adult.
The Twitch site has a 'Report' button next to each user's stream. You need to be logged into the Twitch site to be able to report someone/their streaming content. Certain words can be blocked in the stream's chat such as swear words. You can also block messages, whispers, and invites from people you don't know in the Settings menu.
NSPCC guide to the topic of, "Is my child ready to be left alone?"
As your children get older, they will often want to have a bit more independence and stay at home on their own when you go out. How can you make sure they will be safe when they stay at home? The NSPCC has produced a guide to help you decide whether or not your children are ready for this independence. Please click here to view the guide.