We have several documents discussing E-Safety they can be found below as both articles and downloadable documents*
Considerations on using social networking sites
Social networking sites such as Facebook are widely used and enjoyed by the majority of parents and older children. Unfortunately sometimes these sites are used to publicly discuss matters which may include personal disagreements between pupils at the school, or for parents to vent frustration about school matters.
Comments made on social networking sites about an individual can be considered to be ‘defamatory’ and lead to the onset of legal action being taken against those who made them. It is important to remind users of social networking sites to consider this before posting comments.
Social networking sites are not as ‘private’ as users are led to believe. Careless or inconsiderate use of these sites can cause unnecessary distress to the individuals concerned, or have an adverse impact on the school in general, or both. This is something that the school ideally wishes to avoid happening firstly.
The staff at St John Fisher Catholic College work hard to create a safe and happy environment for its staff and pupils, and need all stakeholders in the school community to support this work.
GUIDANCE FOR PROBLEMS WITH SKYPE
(taken from Skype security tools)
How to use Skype safely
To adjust your privacy settings:
- Sign in to Skype.
- 2. Select Skype > Privacy...
Within the Privacy Settings tab, tick the button next to the option you would like to apply. The settings include: Allow calls from... Automatically receive video and screen sharing from... Show that I have video to... Allow IMs from...
Select how long you would like to keep your history for from the drop-down menu under Keep history for. Or, click Clear history so no-one else can see who you have been talking to.
You can also manage your privacy settings on the internet. Tick the box next the setting you would like to apply:
Allow my online status to be shown on the web
Accept Skype browser cookies
Allow Skype to use non-personally identifiable information about me when serving third party adds.
For further information, click Learn more next to each of the settings.
To block a person so they cannot contact you on Skype:
- On the Contacts tab, right-click on the contact you wish to block and select Block This Person...
- A Block this person message box displays. To remove the person from your contact list, tick Remove from your Contact list. You can also Report abuse by ticking the box.
- Click Block.
The contact will not be able to see when you are online and they will not be able to contact you. To manage and remove contacts from your blocked list:
- Select Contacts > Advanced > Manage Blocked contacts.
- Click on the person you wish to unblock and then click Unblock this person.
- Click Save to finish.
To leave a group IM: Type /leave into a group IM conversation. This removes you from the group. Reporting contacts in Skype for Windows When you get a contact request from someone you would like to block:
- Open the contact request in Skype by clicking on it.
- Click Block.
- A window will open, asking you to confirm that you wish to block the request. Select Report abuse.
- Click Block to close the window and block and report the user.
To report someone who is sending you instant messages:
- Select and right-click on the contact in your contacts list.
- In the menu that appears, select Block This Person...
- A window will open, asking you to confirm that you wish to block the contact. Select Report abuse.
- Select Remove from contacts to remove the user from your contact list (optional). 5. Click Block to close the window and block and report the user.
Taking Further Action To take action against the person harassing you, please provide us with: • a screenshot of the incident - instructions on how to take a screenshot is below • the harasser's Skype name • any additional information you may have about the contact.
Based on the information that you send us, we will try to identify the abuser and take any appropriate measures.
How can I take a screenshot? A screenshot is a picture of your computer screen that you can take and save on your computer. Screenshots are useful if you want to show someone exactly what you can see on your screen.
This FAQ describes how to take and save a screenshot on Windows, Mac and Linux. Once you have saved the screenshot, you can attach it to an email to send it to others.
Taking a screenshot on Windows
- On your keyboard, press the Print Screen (Prt Scr) key. This will take a screenshot of your entire desktop. To take a screenshot of an active window, press Alt+Print Screen.
- To save a copy of the image in Microsoft Paint go to: Start > All Programs/Programs >Accessories > Paint.
- Press Ctrl + V to paste your screenshot into Paint.
- Go to the menu and click File > Save (please note where you save the image to, as you’ll need to find the file here if you want to attach it in an email).
- Enter a file name.
- On the Save as type: drop-down menu, select JPEG.
- Click Save.
Taking a screenshot on Mac On your keyboard press Command+Shift+3 at the same time. This will take a screenshot of your entire screen and save it to your desktop in .png format.