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The internet is a brilliant place to connect with others, to be creative and to discover new things. In order to stay safe and to enjoy the many wonderful opportunities to engage in the world of social media it is vital to follow basic e-safety guidelines.

From this September, Ofsted has issued new guidelines in regards to e-safety provision in schools. This basically means that during an inspection, Ofsted will be on the look out for how Accrington Academy protects and educates staff and pupils in its use of technology, and what measures Accrington Academy has in place to intervene and support should a particular issue arise.

Accrington Academy is keen to promote the safe, and responsible, use of communication and interactive communication technologies. As such, all year 7 and 8 students study the importance of E-safety as part of their learning within the New Technologies faculty.

Potential risks can include, but are not limited to:

  • Bullying by peers and people they consider ‘friends’
  • Posting personal information that can identify and locate a child offline
  • Sexual grooming, luring, exploitation and abuse contact with strangers
  • Exposure to inappropriate and/or illegal content
  • Involvement in making or distributing illegal or inappropriate content
  • Theft of personal information
  • Exposure to information and interaction with others who encourage self-harm
  • Exposure to racist or hate material
  • Encouragement of violent behaviour, such as ‘happy slapping’
  • Glorifying activities such as drug taking or excessive drinking
  • Physical harm to young people in making video content, such as enacting and imitating stunts and risk taking activities
  • Leaving and running away from home as a result of contacts made online

For more information regarding E-Safety visit the following website. It has information regarding E-Safety and is a massive step in providing E-Safety information and protecting children online. It is managed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) multi agency service which includes the Police Force.


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Always think of your personal safety first when using ICT or your mobile phone. Remember it is easy for anyone to lie about who they are online, so you can never really be sure about who you are talking to.

Do not give out any personal information about yourself online to people you do not know. This includes your full name, address, street name, postcode, or school name.

Never give your contact number to anyone who you don’t know. It’s a good idea to use a nickname rather than your real name.

Don’t meet people that you have only spoken to online. If you do decide to meet up with anyone in real life then make sure you take a trusted adult with you and meet in a public place at a busy time.

Never give out pictures online or over a mobile unless you know the person in real life. It is easy for people to take your pictures and alter them, send them on, or even pretend to be you with them.

Always use private settings whenever you are setting up a social networking page or an Instant Messenger (IM) account. This is so people who you don’t want to see your profile can’t.

Anything you post or upload to the internet is there forever so be very careful what you put online.

Never go onto webcam with people you don’t know in real life. Webcam images can be recorded and copied and also shared with other people.

If you receive any messages or pictures that worry or upset you, talk to an adult you trust. You may also report it online.

As a student or parent, you can call ‘Childline’ on: 08001111 to talk to someone who can help. Or visit for more information.

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