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School sets out proactive approach to e-safety
12:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
A SCHOOL is taking a proactive approach to tackle ‘sexting’ and cyber bullying.
Westleigh High School is trying to educate its pupils about the dangers of an online environment and how to become responsible users of technology.
Jo Coleman, assistant head teacher, spoke of its stand on sexting – sending explicit text messages – at a conference in Manchester.
She said: “Schools have a duty to educate, monitor, manage and protect all of our children in a safe educational environment. Westleigh High School takes e-safety very seriously, applying a blend of ICT monitoring and an educational programme.”
Assemblies, competitions and drama performances are some of the ways the school aims to provide pupils with age-appropriate information and support to help them identify cyber threats.
Mrs Coleman said: “It is incumbent on every school to help pupils become responsible users of technology and ensure that every pupil feels safe.”
By changing to a specialist forensic monitoring service from e-safe Systems, the school can now keep an eye on online and offline ICT activity and receives reports from e-safe experts.
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