Online Safety

We’re all spending more time online, in fact the time spent watching TV has actually reduced in favour of online media. (Ofcom’s research into media use)

 

Talking about online safety a little, but often, works best.

 

‘social media, like all forms of public communication, comes with some risks. Not all of these risks turn into actual problems; and if children never face any risks, they never learn how to deal with them. By helping your child understand what the risks are, you can play a big part in preventing them from turning into problems.’

gov.uk social media guidance

 


CEOP

CEOP is a law enforcement agency and is here to keep children and young people safe.

If someone online has acted inappropriately towards you, your child or young person you know, please use the CEOP button to report it.

CEOP Report Button

 


Checking apps, games and websites

It’s sometimes difficult to know if media is appropriate for our children, especially if it’s an app or website that we haven’t used.

Common Sense Media lets you search for movies, apps, games and websites and see their official age rating as well a recommended age from other parents.

Common Sense Media

NSPCC Net Aware, is a similar service. Helping you find ratings and information on games, online apps and more.

NSPCC Net Aware

 


Great Advice

ThinkUKnow

NSPCC

 


Settings

Accidents can happen and sometimes inappropriate content is available in places you wouldn’t expect. We recommend setting parental restrictions and content filtering (available from most internet service providers).

No restrictions are completely infallible. It’s ok for children to make mistakes, it’s important that they know to get help from an adult.

 


Help and advice

If you have an urgent issue, something online was really not acceptable then please use the CEOP button above to report it directly to the police.

If you’ve got questions or not sure how you can help your child, please pop in or call for a chat with their coach or year manager.

Or, ask to speak to any of our designated Safeguarding specialists:

  • John Goldthorp, Senior Assistant Headteacher
  • Danielle Wilson, Student Support Officer (Years 7 to 11)
  • Jinny Lazenby (Post 16)