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Online Safety

In today’s interconnected world, where technology plays an integral role in our lives, ensuring the safety of our children online is paramount. As a school, we recognise the importance of equipping our community with the knowledge and tools they need to protect themselves in the digital landscape.

The internet offers incredible opportunities for learning, communication, and entertainment. However, it also presents risks, especially for young users. From cyberbullying to exposure to inappropriate content, navigating the online world can be challenging. As parents, your role is crucial in fostering a safe and secure online environment for your children.

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Online Safety Provision

Our online safety curriculum is delivered through many avenues across the school. Pupils are taught in dedicated lessons in subjects such as Computing and Life studies. They also receive information and guidance through the pastoral curriculum including in form time, assemblies and initiatives such as Safer Internet Day.

We are proud of the work we do in collaboration with our pupils and have a dedicated student led team of digital leaders, who are involved in various aspects of the schools’ online safety strategies including running assemblies, discussing current issues and producing materials.

Resources And Information

It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.

Talk to your child about the importance of creating a safe online environment, including keeping any log-in details and passwords safe.

These resources will support you to talk to your child about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices.

INEQE Safeguarding Group have created a fantastic set of resources to share guidance and information on everything from online relationships to popular social media platforms.

Below are other fantastic sources of information:

You can also report any harmful content found online through the UK Safer Internet Centre.

Apps To Help Children Stay Safe Online

The BBC has a website and app called Own It. The website helps children navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most. It can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

SafeToNet is an app for parents to help them protect their children from online risks like cyberbullying and sexting, while respecting their child’s rights to privacy. The SafeToNet Foundation is providing UK families with free-for-life access to SafeToNet during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Support For Children

If your child is worried or needs support, they can get advice and support from Childline (0800 1111) or download the ‘For Me’ app.