Online Safety

We recognise that whilst developing technology brings many opportunities, it also brings risks and potential dangers. The impact that technology is having on the lives of all citizens increases year on year. This is probably even more true for children/young people, who are generally much more open to developing technologies than many adults. Technology continues to transform the way that schools teach, and children learn. At home, technology is continually changing the way children live and the activities in which they choose to partake. Supporting children to recognise the risks and to have the knowledge and skills to keep safe online must therefore be a shared responsibility between families and school.

Through training and regular updates to staff, we aim to keep up to date with new technologies and the associated risks. There is a wealth of information available to support parents and carers, that school can signpost to, so please contact school if you require this.

As a school we subscribe to the National Online Safety portal which provides all staff, parents and carers with access to a wide range of training resources and webinars. If you would like to access this, please contact the school office who can provide information about how to create your account.

If you would like to see our Online Safety policy, please refer to the ‘Statutory Information’ section of this website (policies and Documents).

Useful websites/documents

NSPCC – Keeping children safe online – advice to help learn about staying safe online as a family.

A guide to the online safety bill – Department for Education (December 2022) explains the new set of laws aimed at making the internet a safer place for everyone.

Childline – advice to help keep young people safe and to know what to do when things go wrong

SWGfL – is a not for profit charity ensuring everyone can benefit from technology free from harm

Childnet – offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, and to find out where to get more help and support

Commonsensemedia provide independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents

Internet Matters provide age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls, and practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world

How Can I Help My Child? Marie Collins Foundation – Sexual Abuse Online

London Grid for Learning provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online

National Crime Agency/CEOP Thinkuknow provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online

Parentzone provides help for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online

#Ask the awkward – Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre guidance to parents to talk to their children about online relationships

A grandparents guide to online safety – To help grandparents get to grips with life online

Enable is created by online safety specialists and psychologists, with foster carers and young people