What is e-safety?
E-safety is a term which includes not only the internet, but also other methods that people use to communicate with electronic media, e.g. mobile phones. It means ensuring that staff and children are protected from harm and supported to achieve the maximum benefit from the new and developing technologies whilst minimising risk to themselves or others.
The aim of promoting e-safety is to protect staff and children from the adverse consequences of access to or use of electronic media, including from bullying, inappropriate behaviour or exploitation.
The Sharp System is an easy way to report any concerns you have either at school, home or in your local community.
Examples of concerns you can report are:
- If you are being bullied yourself
- If you are concerned about someone else being bullied
- If you are feeling unhappy at school
- You are concerned about someone else’s safety
- You are unhappy at home
- You know someone else is very unhappy at home
If you want to report any concerns please click on the Sharp System.
We will deal with your concern in a way which will protect your identity if this is necessary to keep you safe.
It has been brought to our attention that some children have regular access to 18+ games for the Playstation / Xbox. These games are aimed at adults and therefore include inappropriate material that should not be discussed in school.
Thank you for your continued support.
Internet Provider Information
WBC ICT Information
Inappropriate access to information via the internet is clearly a large area of concern for schools, and the September revision of the DfE guidance shows that the issue is large enough to have controls audited by Ofsted.
Below is a small example of the categories of sites we are blocking for you:
- Child Abuse
- Drug Abuse
- Explicit Violence
- Extremist Groups
- Illegal or Unethical
As the local authority’s ICT team look after web filtering for your school, we will investigate any web filtering related issues, including:
- Access to website containing inappropriate or potentially harmful material
- Access to websites containing educational or related material deemed appropriate for your school
- Providing web access reports on an annual basis
We also ensure that the service is maintained and is accessible for schools to use.
As we provide the filtering service to schools, we are ensuring that all relevant safeguards and statements of assurance are being completed so that schools taking our service can be assured that the web filtering service provided is meeting the guidelines published thus far.
As part of the ongoing duty of care that the Local Authority has in relation to Schools, we have to ensure that you are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the service you are receiving is appropriate.
The UK Safer Internet Centre have drawn up some provider response checklists which we are working with our supplier to ensure are completed.
The UK Safer Internet Centre provider checklists can be found here:
Our system provider “Fortinet” have submitted responses to both the monitoring and filtering checklists and can be found here:
Filtering response: https://d1afx9quaogywf.cloudfront.net/cdn/farfuture/taYKii-EBnLHUAHxeyRSy_O21MHk6OUmm5ou3BlYqZc/mtime:1479723170/sites/default/files/Filtering/Monitoring/Appropriate-Filtering-for-Education-Settings-Provider-Response-June-2016%20Fortinet.pdf
Monitoring response: https://d1afx9quaogywf.cloudfront.net/cdn/farfuture/OyxpV1x82S7XUkpCjf9knN87CMcvEZ9kXk80y3R-MTw/mtime:1481105315/sites/default/files/Appropriate-Monitoring-for-Schools%20June-2016%20Fortinet.pdf
From the work done with our supplier, we are confident that the current web filtering service meets and exceeds the Ofsted guidelines.
The solution is fully resilient and is constantly updated via national feeds from the wider internet community to ensure that as new websites are created they are categorised and sanctioned accordingly.
The Network SLA that your school has signed up to includes several elements of which filtering forms a part. Above the web filtering aspect of the service, WBC ICT also provide the following features which are all currently active for your school:
Antivirus - This prevents viruses which are hosted on websites from automatically infecting your endpoints. This does not however protect you if you actively click on a download link.
Application control - This stops some applications running which utilise peer to peer (file-sharing) features.
Intrusion Prevention - This element actively works to stop hackers from gaining access to your endpoints.
Website Certificate Inspection - This feature checks websites to ensure any certificates they have are valid and up to date, this stops users ending up on some malicious websites or websites that are not being maintained appropriately.