We are aware that our pupils are increasingly accessing the Internet, at school and at home. We recognise the importance that parents and carers play in ensuring your children understand the need to use the Internet in an appropriate way.
Just as you protect them in the real world, we know you want to make sure your children are safe online too. Online safety skills are life skills. When your children understand the risks associated with being online, they can become sensible, informed Internet users. We all want them to get the most from the Internet but to stay safe whilst they are doing so.
There are many resources available to keep you informed and to help you keep your children safe online. There are also resources that can help you if your children come across potentially harmful or inappropriate material on the Internet.
Our school supports the work of CEOP and on our contacts page you will find a direct link to the CEOP safety centre. Clicking this link will put you in direct contact with CEOP, where you can report inappropriate online behaviour.
Parental Controls and Filters
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) or web browsers provide parental controls and filters in order for you to limit what can be accessed on your computer. The ISP or browser which you use will determine the process for installing them. We cannot, therefore, list all of the methods. You will need to contact your ISP (e.g. Sky, BT, Talk Talk etc) for specific instruction on how to utilise their controls. However, below are links to instructions on how to install parental controls on two of the most common web browsers – Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.
The following videos have been made as part of a series call Live My Digital in partnership with Digital Awareness UK in order to help parents and children further understand the challenges of the online environment. The full series can be found at https://www.gdst.net/livemydigital
Relationships & Grooming
CEOP also operate the Thinuknow website, with a range of educational resources to help make us all informed internet users. There are age relevant resources along with a site dedicated to providing advice for parents and carers.
The Childline website offers advice and support as well as a free, confidential helpline.
The Internet Watch Foundation provides a hotline for the public to report criminal online content.
The Safer Internet Centre provides e-safety tips, advice and resources for young people.