Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Be Sure Before you Post - Stay Safe Online

Sharing knowledge and teaching young people the skills to stay safe online

Our internet safety week started on Monday evening with a talk delivered by Police Community Support Officer,  Josh Read of Thames Valley Police (TVP). The seminar delivered information and statistics around the less positive side of the internet; it covered what to be aware of and the tools/tactics parents can use to ensure their children stay safe online.  

The three main principles from TVP are:
  1. Educate
  2. Empower
  3. Engage

Simple yet effective principles, which we have applied throughout this post.

The worldwide web is an amazing place that is full of positive experiences with information readily at our fingers - you can find anything you want, and quite often don't want! Harmless words can bring up results that are not harmless or age appropriate, that's why taking a few simple steps can help limit the risk to your child.

Tips for staying safe - Parents
  1. Be aware of the dangers that exist and what sites your children engage with
  2. Have open conversations with your children
  3. Ensure security settings are set to the right level (and regularly check they've not been changed)
  4. Set up password protection for app downloads (change these regularly)
  5. Limit data usage
  6. Set up safety blockers, blocking inappropriate websites
  7. Create time limits for device usage and check-in regularly (once week) with your children
  8. Follow their social feeds - this is not about being intrusive but having an open relationship, being understanding and building two-way trust
  9. Read and share resources with your children about internet safety (a useful list can be found at the end of this post)
  10. Report inappropriate websites or behaviour to CEOPs or your local Police (see website links at the end of this post)

As part of our continued efforts to raise awareness about staying safe on and offline we supported today's #SaferInternetDay and their #giveasmile campaign. The UK Safer Internet Centre has made positivity the core focus of their campaign, working with schools throughout the UK (and internationally) to ask our young people 'To Be The Change'.  The campaign focuses on the Power of Imagerepresenting the growing trend of sharing visual content. The aim is for our young people to create change and help contribute to a positive online experience, helping to lift each other up, be kind and support each other.  

Images of some of our young people involved in raising awareness through their positive smiling faces.

All too often young people adopt an 'It won't happen to me' attitude, so it is vital that together we keep awareness high, not just today but continuously.  

We have lots of activities taking place throughout the week, designed to engage, educate and empower our students, giving them the right tools and information.  

The Webber Independent School has a no mobile phones policy during school hours, we feel this helps keep our students safe, focused on their studies and removes unnecessary peer pressure. We regularly run educational talks for parents and students, deliver lesson based activities and promote safeguarding and wellbeing throughout the school.  There are lots of resources widely available on the internet (links at the end of this post), which can be valuable when helping your children understand the risks of being online. 

Below you'll find some videos that demonstrate the real dangers, please be aware that you may find the content difficult to watch - however they provide powerful knowledge.

Amanda Todd

Kayleigh Harwood – Kayleigh’s Love Story

Coby Persin – Social Media Predator Experiment

Tips for staying safe - Young People
  1. Think before you post - is this appropriate? Would I want my parents or grandparents to see it? Would I want anyone else to share it?
  2. Don't share private contact details - home address, telephone number, email address, it's a big NO NO, and so is geotagging (tagging your location can lead anyone right to you)
  3. Private mode - put your profiles on private mode so only friends and family can see you
  4. Reduce friends - limit the number of 'friends' you have on your social sites
  5. Report bad behaviour - sites or images that are not appropriate, report it
  6. Speak up - if you experience any negativity online speak to someone
  7. Block it - if in doubt, block unwanted communication straight away
  8. Passwords - don't tell anyone your passwords, and change them regularly 
  9. Would you say it in person - your comments can affect you and others, don't make it hard for your future self
  10. Don't know them, don't meet them - it's better to be safe than sorry

Popular Social Sites
  • WhatsApp
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Twitter
  • ASK.fm
  • Facebook
  • Kik


Below you will find a list of useful web resources, please take the time to click through and read.


We hope you found this article interesting and useful; please share to raise awareness or tag us in your photographs - together we can make a difference. 

Enjoy the wonderful worldwide web and all its positives. Just remember to stay aware and stay safe #giveasmile #SaferInternetDay

Monday, 30 January 2017

Our Winning Streak Continues - Weekly Sports Round-Up

Welcome to our weekly round-up of our sporting activity over the last week.  A big well done to all of our players, your effort, hard work and teamwork made all the difference! Putting you and our school ahead of the competition.

Wednesday 25th January 2017

It's a 6 to 1 win for our netball team. 

Our Year 7 champions took on Stantonbury playing on our home turf, showcasing their excellent handling skills. Aaliya in centre court, and Lily in defence, kept us ahead of competition and worked seamlessly with the team to line up some great shots for our shooters, Sophie and Sam. Once again a big round of applause for their outstanding teamwork.

Friday 27th January 2017

Badminton team realise their Gold.

Our badminton team continue their blazing trail of wins at the Lord Grey tournament, taking gold in the boys' singles (BS) and doubles (BD), the girls' singles (GS) and doubles (GD).

Well done to our fantastic players.

  • Ethan won gold BS and BD
  • Nadeem won gold BD
  • Lisa won gold GS and GD
  • Ashwati won gold GD and silver in GS

Friday 27th January 2017

It's a 3 to 2 win for the football team.

A victorious win! In a thrilling match played by our Year 3 and Year 4 boys. A special mention to Ayomide who demonstrated some high-spirited play and made some excellent saves in the second half, keeping us in the lead! Congratulations to William who was crowned man of the match. 

Great team effort and an excellent start to the season. Well done!

Friday, 27 January 2017

A thrilling night in Birmingham at the Young Voices Choir

Event review by Niamh Bewick, Year 8
Picture: Some of our students at the Young Voices Choir in Birmingham

Thursday 26th January 2017

As some of you may already know, lots of our school pupils went on a trip to the Genting Arena, Birmingham, to be part of the Young Voices Choir

This year the Young Voices Choir had over 6,500 children performing, which meant it retained its title as the world's largest children's choir. This year they had a few famous faces such as Natalie Williams, Tammy Callaghan and The Beatbox Collective. I also went along to Young Voices and as soon as we walked into the arena and saw just how big the choir actually was, we were almost overwhelmed! The sheer energy that was coming from all of the different schools from all over the country made me feel really proud to be part of the concert. It was a thrilling night and if I had the opportunity to go again I would take it without a doubt.

Thank you Niamh for your write up; certainly sounds like you and your peers really enjoyed the event. 

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Big Ben, London Eye and the British Film Institute - Year 10 German Film Day

Wednesday 25th January 2017 

Year 10 explore history, Germany and film

It was a culturally enriching day for our Year 10 students as they headed to the big smoke for an interesting tour of the British Film Institute (BFI).  

The film study day started with a review of excerpts from a couple of German feature films; our students discussed how the use of different camera angles created visual interest, and the impact this had on the audience. We also explored how sound tracks are used to create mood, and talked of the importance of opening scenes. It was an interesting and stimulating discussion.

In the afternoon, following a brief introduction to the historical background, we watched a feature film 'Berlin36', which dealt with the fate of a Jewish athlete in the run-up to the 1936 Olympic games. Through watching this film our students were able to understand what methods and techniques filmmakers use to draw in the audience and create an emotional response.

The BFI is situated between the Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre; it was a fantastic location for our students to take in the sights, including the London Eye and Big Ben.