eSafety at Oxford

There is a name we call our students which describes their upbringing and explains why they are very different to people of their teachers' generations. That name is "Digital Natives". A digital native is a person who was born after the general implementation of digital technology, and as a result, has had a familiarity with digital technologies such as computers, the Internet, mobile phones, and digital audio players over their entire lives. In the same vain teachers and parents can be described as Digital Immigrants. A digital immigrant is an individual who was born before the existence of digital technology and adopted it to some extent later. The issue is that the Digital Immigrants have to take care of the digital natives while the latter is seemingly always one step ahead of the former.

Because it is always bad news that catches our eye in newspapers, the digital potential that young people enjoy is sometimes buried under stories of online predators, identity theft and malware. Here at Patana we make it our mission to provide the best possible support for the students so that they may achieve their full potential. In order to do this they need to develop the skills to do well in today's world while at the same time being safe.

We have three parts to our eSafety strategy. Always looking for short snappy titles we have called them: Rules, Tools and Schools

Rules

  1. For younger children the most important rule is that they don't use a computer in school unless supervised by an adult.
  2. We also have a Primary and a Secondary Acceptable Use Policy which is reinforced to children regularly in an age appropriate way.
  3. Finally general school rules apply to the online world just as they do to the real world.

Tools

  1. Internet use on student computers in the Primary school is protected by the Chaperone Web filter which does a very good job in blocking access to unsuitable websites. A less restricting filter is applied to students in the Secondary school. The school email system for students is also subject to a filter.
  2. Link+Learn, class blogs and our eClassroom direct students to websites recommended by teachers so that younger children do not have to search themselves.
  3. Our anti-virus software, Sophos, and updated/patched computers provide protection from malware which might compromise the safety of our students.
  4. Records are kept of all online activity.

Schools

Schools really means education (but education doesn't rhyme with the other two words)

  1. Staff training (E.g., Facebook for the over 40s, laptops in lessons)
  2. Information for parents is provided on this website and is supported by occasional items in Oxford News
  3. By far the most important part of all of our strategies is the education of our students.
 

eSafety

We are committed to keeping children safe while online and spend a significant amount of time in school teaching our students how to recognise inappropriate ways of using technology. We also recommend the following website for up to date information about eSafety issues. eSafety at Oxford