E-Safety Archive

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Sarahah app/website

Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to make you aware of a new app and website called ‘Sarahah’.

What is Sarahah?

  • An app and website that allows users to send and receive anonymous message.
  • Users cannot respond to messages but they can “favourite” messages.
  • By default, anyone can leave a message on a profile even if they don’t have an account.

Why are we posting about this?

  • The Sarahah app has become popular amongst teens and we’re aware that some of our pupils are already actively using it. The app promotes anonymity – making teens feel like they can hide behind their anonymous screen names and bully others without repercussions.
  • Sarahah is predominantly used to bully other users.
  • There is no filter for explicit content.
  • There is no way to report inappropriate content or threats.

What can parents do?

  • We would advise parents to discuss the dangers of anonymous apps and have their child delete their Sarahah account (if they use Sarahah).
  • Ensure your child knows what is appropriate to send in private and public messages, whether they are anonymous or not
  • If your child has a desire to use apps like Sarahah, please challenge them to give positive and constructive feedback offline instead.

A full video guide covering all aspects of Sarahah can be found by clicking here.

As a school we do cover many aspects of anonymity, appropriate online behaviour and social networks in our regular e-safety assemblies and lessons.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding e-safety please do check out our dedicated e-safety section where you can find guidance on many different websites/apps.

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Cyber-bullying & E-Safety

Cyberbullying is the use of the Internet and other technologies such as mobile phones and devices which can send and upload messages/images in a way which is intended to cause harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.

At Brockington College cyber-bullying is treated as a very seriously and is dealt with in the same way, and with the same severity, that we deal with incidents of any other form of bullying.  So that we can help you to ensure the bullying stops you must tell someone!

Who could you tell?

  • Your parents
  • An adult you trust
  • A friend
  • Your form tutor
  • A Pastoral Manager (Mrs Wright/Mrs Robinson/Mrs Heath)
  • Your Head of Year (Mrs Dobbins/Miss Heggs/Mr Clark)
  • Email your pastoral team by clicking here: pastoral@brockington.leics.sch.uk
  • Contacting Childline on 0800 1111

More information on cyber-bullying can be found below:

Simple Steps to Online Safety (***new***)

InternetMatters.org | E-Safety Tips for Parents of… 11-13 Year Olds & 14+ Year Olds

Childline Cyber-Bullying Information

Facebook Checklist (***new***)

Kidscape

Digizen Video on Cyberbullying

Whilst Brockington College makes every effort to protect you from unsuitable content on the internet and via email we realise that a large number of you use the net outside of the school environment.  Please have a look through the information below to make sure you use the internet in a safe and responsible way.

General Information

Social Networking

Anti-Virus Software

It is important to ensure your computer is free of viruses and spyware at all times to keep it running as well as possible.  Whilst there are a number of paid options from companies such as Symantec and Sophos, there are also a number of free alternatives.  Whilst we cannot advise one anti-virus over another (as everyone’s needs differ) we have listed a couple of the more popular free ones below for people with no anti-virus at all: