The internet is a fantastic resource; it provides a wealth of information that can support students in their learning. It enables children and young people to connect, communicate and be creative in a wide variety of different ways. In school we take online safety very seriously, educating and enabling students to understand the dangers present and manage / avoid the risks, throughout all areas of the curriculum.
As parents / carers you also have a significant role in ensuring that children stay safe online. With an internet that is continually evolving, we appreciate that it can be difficult to stay on top of the wide range of sites and devices that young people use. However, children and young people still need your support, advice and protection when it comes to managing their lives online.
Below we have provided a number of links relating to online safety that you may find useful:
- National Online Safety - We would like to make you aware of the national advice regarding an internet game. There have been a number of concerns raised in relation to the Momo game, a sinister 'challenge' that has been around for some time and has been linked to teen suicides. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
- Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone. It offers a wide range of up to date advice on issues affected by the internet, provided by leading experts. The Parent Info website has been designed to help give parents and carers peace of mind when navigating the minefield of content that children can access online, and to equip them to speak to their children about sensitive topics.
- Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. Since 2006, Thinkuknow has been keeping children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. Their website provides information and advice to help you help your child to stay safe online.
- Childnet international's mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. Childnet work directly with children and young people from the ages of 3 to 18 on a weekly basis, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals, finding out about their real experiences online, and the positive things they are doing as well as sharing safety advice.
- The UK Safer Internet Centre is coordinated by a partnership of three leading organisations; Childnet International, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. The centre has three main functions: an Awareness Centre, a Helpline and a Hotline and also coordinates the annual Safer Internet Day.
- The Parenting in the Digital Age magazine is free to view magazine which provides handy tips and articles to explain new technology and how to help your child stay safe online. It covers issues including cyberbullying, sexting, selfies, image sharing, grooming and exploitation and a range of other relevant articles designed to inform parents.