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Safe Internet Day

Did you know?: No one under 13 years of age should be using Facebook. more...

Safe Internet Day

Top Tip For Parents: Keep the computer in a communal area of the house, where it's easier to share what your family are viewing.


Top Tip For Children: Do not to give out your personal details. If you want to subscribe to any services online, make up a family email address to receive the mail.


Top Tip For Everyone: 'Think Before You Post' anything online. Your digital footprint stays in cyberspace forever!


Top Tip For the Elderly: Do you feel left behind when your children talk about the latest digital trend? Have a look at our brief glossary or terms. more...


Top Tip For Teachers: Keep up to date with our eSafety scheme of work which is regularly updated to reflect the rapidly developing digital world.


Top Tip For students: Protect your reputation online! Here is a video which explains the long term risks of sharing inappropriate information online.

Protect Your Reputation

Top Tip for the over 13s: Have a read of The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Guide and think before you post.




eSafety at Patana

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


  • For younger children the most important rule is that they don't use a computer in school unless supervised by an adult.

  • We also have a Primary and a Secondary Acceptable Use Policy which is reinforced to children regularly in an age appropriate way.

  • Finally general school rules apply to the online world just as they do to the real world.


  • 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.

  • Link+Learn, class blogs and our eClassroom direct students to websites recommended by teachers so that younger children do not have to search themselves.

  • Our anti-virus software,  Sophos, and updated/patched computers provide protection from malware which might compromise the safety of our students.

  • Records are kept of all online activity.


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

  •  Staff training (E.g., Facebook for the over 40s, laptops in lessons)

  •  Information for parents is provided on this website and is supported by occasional items in Patana News

  • By far the most important part of all of our strategies is the education of our students (see below)

Safe Internet Day

Our aim is to  encourage Internet users of all ages to think about how they are using the Internet and what they can do to stay safe. Within the UK, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, the national centre for child protection, has provided resources to raise awareness and empower children and young people. Research by Ofcom shows that 78% of 5-7 year olds are now using the Internet, so learning about online safety is as integral as learning to cross the road.


One of a number of resources available is 'Lee and Kim's Adventure', an interactive animated cartoon for 5-7 year olds  from the CEOP Centre. Children can follow the adventures of Lee and Kim and understand issues such as cyberbullying and talking to strangers on the Internet, whilst parents and teachers can use additional resources to help their children understand an easy code - Zip It, Block It, Flag It - part of the Click Clever Click Safe campaign, launched by the UK Government.


Our message to students is 'Think before you post' and we would like to encourage everyone to do just that - do you really know who you are talking to? Is it really sensible to post that photo of yourself on your social networking site? By changing children's online behaviour and educating them from an early age, we not only empower them with the skills they need to stay safe, but also deter those offenders who seek to harm children online.


At Patana children are regularly taught about safe practices during their ICT lessons, in assemblies and whenever using the Internet as part of classwork or homework. We believe that although we have policies and filters in place, education is the most effective way of protecting our young people.





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Protect Your Online Identity!

Protecting Reputations

Protecting Reputations Online in Plain English is aimed at young or inexperienced Web users, this video explains the long term risks of sharing inappropriate information online. Release Date: 1st June 2010. Video Length: 2 minutes 42s. This video discusses the long-term risks of sharing inappropriate information on the Web. It encourages viewers to "think before you click" and offers tips for being responsible with photos, video and stories. Point include: Why photos are permanent on the web Future consequences of sharing inappropriate info Tips for protecting reputations (personal and friends) What to do when inappropriate info is shared Protecting Reputations Online.

CyberSmart resources on Online Identities

This activity has been designed for both upper primary and lower secondary students and includes a range of issues to consider when developing a social networking profile. The focus of class discussions will shift according to the age group with which the resource is being used. This activity can be delivered in small groups or as a whole group discussion. It will also work successfully as a cross-age mentoring activity to help older students understand the influence and impact their online behaviours may have on younger students. Upper primary and lower secondary students may also like to use it with their parents or to form the basis of a safety checklist for their own social networking profiles.

Digizen - Digicentral - Social networking detective

These social networking profiles have been created to stimulate discussion about safe and potentially unsafe practices and features on social networking sites. They, together with the accompanying questions, have been designed to highlight ways in which users can protect themselves through appropriate use of the technology and also through choices they make online. Print out one or all of the profiles to see if you can spot ways that Chloe has safeguarded herself when creating and using her social networking, and choices she has made or behaviours she has shown that may potentially put her at risk. Consider the following...



Do you have any tips for staying safe online? Do you have any advice to share with the rest of the Patana community? We would really appreciate you sharing your ideas by filling in this form

"You should always installing pop-up blockers or script blocking add-ons to the browsers to stop popups or scripts running in your browser so you don't get viruses."

Abhi Agarwal, 11H
Monday, February 8, 2010


"You should always download from trusted, legal sources to ensure you are not downloading other, malicious things along with - or instead of - your download."

Lily Ekasastr, 9G
Monday, February 8, 2010


"You should not give out your personal information on the web! This may lead to the person stalking you or maybe something even worse!"

Abhi Agarwal, 11H
Monday, February 8, 2010


"If you are unsure about a person, website, download or anything else, ask. Ask a teacher or a parent."

Robin Beattie, 11H
Tuesday, February 9, 2010


"Thank you for uploading this! It's very useful for us Parents too."

Heather Griffin,
Tuesday, February 9, 2010


"You Should be careful who you add on facebook and beware of viruses.
You shouldn't reply to chain mail!"

Kit Zellerbach, 7M
Tuesday, February 9, 2010


"If you do have accounts on social websites such as Facebook, Myspace or Twitter, make sure your profiles are set to "private" so that you can control who sees what."

Ines Dumont, 11C
Wednesday, February 10, 2010


"Facebook launch a completely redesigned Safety Centre. It offers new safety resources for parents, educators, teens and members of the law enforcement community. Click here"

ICT Team, Patana
Thursday, April 29, 2010


"Think before you add someone on facebook.
Be safe!"

Leticia Vinha, 8A
Friday, June 4, 2010


"Four Effective Tools for Monitoring Your Childs Online Safety:

Social Media Parenting: Raising the Digital Generation:"

Monday, December 13, 2010


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