Online Safety

With students spending more time online to do schoolwork and other activities, there could be an additional risk. This is why it is more important than ever that students, parents and carers know how to stay safe online.

It is crucial that children and young people know how to behave appropriately online to help them recognise when things do not feel right and take action early. As a family you can start by talking openly about how to use the internet safely, and how to seek help if something goes wrong

It is important that parents and carers talk to their students about online safety, show an interest in what they are doing online and ask what they like and dislike about the apps and services they use. Discuss age appropriate ‘ground rules’ like how much time they spend online doing different things and what games and apps are appropriate to use. Also consider setting up and reviewing age-appropriate parental controls. Setting parental controls can be a quick and effective tool to help protect students online.
Please refer to our Online Safety Guide for further support and information.

Useful Websites

  • Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online
  • Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
  • Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help students get the most out of their digital world
  • London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their students safe online
  • Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
  • Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep students safe from online radicalization
  • Keeping children safe online | NSPCC has lots of information of how to keep children safe, how to talk about online safety and up to date information of parental controls
  • A useful tool for reporting inappropriate communication online

Harmful or upsetting content

Get support by:

  • reporting harmful online content to the UK Safer Internet Centre
  • getting government advice and trusted resources from Educate Against Hate on safeguarding from radicalisation, building resilience to extremism, and promoting shared values

Bullying or abuse online

You can:

What risks might my children experience online?

(Child is exposed to this material)
(Child is communicating)
(Child is actively doing Something themselves)
Commercial Adverts Spam Personal information given Illegal downloading
Financial Scams
Aggressive Violent content Being Bullied
Being Stalked
Bullying others
Sexual Pornographic images/text Being Groomed
Meeting Strangers
Uploading inappropriate material
Values Racism
Misleading info
Is subject to persuasion (self-harm/anorexia) Providing misleading info to others

Information on the table was taken from “Safer Children in a Digital World” – a report by Dr Tanya Byron.

You can download for free the report or its summary on the Department for Education website

Top Tips for students

  • Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
  • Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
  • Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
  • Never give out your passwords
  • Don’t befriend people you don’t know
  • Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
  • Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
  • Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
  • Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
  • If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.

Top Tips for Parents

Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be a part of their online life; involve the whole family and show an interest.

  • Encourage your child to go online and explore sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
  • Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online.
  • Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online.
  • Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space.
  • Know what connects to the internet and how. Make sure you’re aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as their phone or games console.
  • Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.

E-safety in school

As part of our computing lessons all students spend their first few weeks investigating e-safety and all aspects of staying safe online. Online safety forms part of the curriculum for all computing lessons in Y7 and Y8. In Y7 students study Esafety, they explore how viruses are spread, importance of secure passwords. They also look at cyber bullying, how to protect themselves against grooming and their own digital footprint. In Y8 they then apply this knowledge by creating a website to provide advice on these issues and online gaming.

We also cover online safety across the PSHE curriculum and raise awareness of online safety through assemblies.

All students are encouraged to report any negative issues they may encounter online to a trusted adult which includes all school staff.  All Students have a ‘safety’ assembly which includes a focus on e-safety, cyber bullying and the possible consequences of inappropriate internet use. Students are informed how to report cyber bullying and e-safety posters are displayed in prominent positions around school. Students have also been made aware of the sanctions for any poor behaviour online towards students or staff. Details of this can be found in the Behaviour for Learning Policy.

Online safety is also covered in our anti – bullying policy and safeguarding policy
Safeguarding Policy


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