The internet offers unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity. However, just like the real world there are risks and dangers students should be aware of. Although the school teaches students online safety as part of the curriculum, it is vital that parents are aware of the risks too, and what they can do to develop a culture of online safety in the home.
This page has some helpful resources for parents that will enable parents to help keep their children safe online. If you have any concerns about your child’s online safety, there is always someone at school available to talk to you.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)
CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. Students can make a report directly to the CEOP Safety Centre if something has happened online which has made them feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone they know in real life, or someone they have only ever met online. CEOP take all reports seriously and they will do everything they can to keep students safe. As well as making a report to the CEOP Safety Centre, the CEOP Education website has information and advice to help students if something has happened to them online.
Other Useful Resources
- internetmatters.org – Tools, tips and resources to help children benefit from connected technology smartly and safely
- List of helpful online resources produced by Childnet
- childnet.com – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety
- ceop.police.uk – Website of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
- bbc.co.uk/onlinesafety – Guidance about how to make the most of being online while staying safe
- nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware – The NSPCC has launched the Share Aware campaign which provides straightforward advice to parents on how to keep their 8-12 year-olds safe on social networks
- https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/professionals-onlinonline safety-helpline – Resources for professionals working in the area of safeguarding with children and young people, but could be of interest to parents too
- https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/professionals-onlinonline safety-helpline – Resource
- ‘The internet, relationships and you‘ – Guidance from Think You Know
- Helping your child get the most out of the internet – Guidance from Think You Know.
- NSPCC – Keeping children safe online – Guidance for parents
- NSPCC – Sharing nude and semi-nude images – Guidance from the NSPCC to help parents understand the risks and support your child if they’ve been sending, sharing or receiving nude images: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting/
- Get Safe Online – Unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.