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Online Safety

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Always be careful when you are using the internet. It can help you to keep in touch with your friends and help your education – but it can also cause harm – to you and to others.


Remember help is always available at school if you are having any problems online.

Don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher or another adult at school.


If you or anyone you know is worried about Child Exploitation, Online Protection or anything related to Internet safety please click the link below which will take you to the CEOP reporting website:

Top 3 Resource  - so far:

1. BT Skills for tomorrow:

Superb short video from British Telecom that supports your children online and features Rio Ferdinand - https://www.bt.com/skillsfortomorrow/home-life/supporting-your-kids-online-with-rio-ferdinand .


British Telecom also offer two thought-provoking mini-courses:




2. Vodafones Digital Parenting

Thoroughly recommend the magazine articles and other resources found here, it is not as condescending as it sounds! vodafone.co.uk/digitalparenting  




3.  National Online Safety

This has various guides about different digital platforms:  https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides .It even has a free app that you can download with courses in Online Safety, presented by Milene class...don't let that put you off! -

Download for Apple: hubs.ly/H0BwQjL0

Download for Android: hubs.ly/H0Bx0tp0

National Online Safety Info Graphics

Tips for children staying safe online:


· Make sure you keep new online friends strictly online. If someone you don't know asks to be your online friend you must ensure an adult knows about it.


· Know how to use the CEOP Button and how to report it to the CEOP Centre if you are concerned about someone’s online behaviour towards you.

Help for parents:


  1. Communication is Key: By talking and trusting our children we can strengthen their understanding. Discuss with our children the dangers present; explain that we can monitor their usage and the behaviour we expect from them.

  2. Use a parental control system to filter and create set "activity" times.

  3. Careful what you post - Never give out personal information- or images of other students.  46% of children say that they have given out personal information to someone that they met online.'  - UK Children Go Online.

  4. Switch off -  Bedrooms could be a no/low tech zone. Children need to sleep and ideally they need some down time away from tech for their brains to recover from the blue light.

  5. Set rules / boundaries then allow trust and consequences, if necessary! An example would be to have set usage time enforced through parental control.


Top 3 Resources:

  1. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

  2. https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/digital-resilience-toolkit/

  3. https://www.europol.europa.eu/how-to-set-your-privacy-settings-social-media


Pantasaurus Rex Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyalcd955lg


How to set parental controls on devices




How to set privacy setting on social media

Range of issues: https://www.internetmatters.org/advice/social-media/

An overview: https://www.europol.europa.eu/how-to-set-your-privacy-settings-social-media

Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/safety

Snapchat tracking - http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-turn-off-snapchat-maps-tracking-feature

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/safety

Instagram: https://help.instagram.com

Twitter:  https://support.twitter.com/


How to report it :




How to stay safe on ROBLOX + MINECRAFT





How to find support:


How to find Protection:

Virus guard software is the number one defence:
AVG (Cheapest and high quality)
Avast (Free - But Pro is recommended)



Signs of gaming addiction

  • Most of their “free time”, non-school hours are spent on the computer or playing video games.

  • Fatigue; tendency to fall asleep in school.

  • Not keeping up with homework assignments/ not handing in homework on time.

  • Worsening grades.

  • Lying about computer or video game use so computer or video game privileges aren’t taken away.

  • Choosing the computer or playing video games rather than spending time with friends or family.

  • Dropping out of activities such as social groups, clubs or sports.

  • Irritable, cranky or agitated (withdrawal symptoms) when not playing a video game or on the computer


'Online gaming addiction can be predicted by five critical factors: Curiosity, role-playing, obligation, belonging, and reward.'

Hsu et al. (2009).

Individuals with a gaming addiction may use MMORPGs to alleviate negative feelings and moods.

Hussain et al. (2009).

Addiction or just excessive use? If you need help here are some places to look:




Share the knowledge - sites and videos for them:

A checklist - https://privacy.thewaltdisneycompany.com/en/internet-safety/




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lL07JOGU5o - Pantasuarus Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1n9Jly3CQ8 - I saw your....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HffWFd_6bJ0 - How Social media is changing our brains

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/13908828 - Caught in the web narrated by

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgWIxv5_6SE - INstagram vs real life


Some of the Topics that your child learns at school in Computing lessons, Online Safety Sessions & Life Skills:

  • Everything you do online can be seen/monitored/hacked

  • Do not give out personal information & try to only use to sites you trust

  • Managing screen time, gaming and social media addictions

  • Sexting & sharing content

  • Fraud, identity theft and cybercrime

  • Social media, misuse and abuse.

  • Extremist ideas, beliefs & fake news

  • What to do about cyberbullying

  • Copyright, computer misuse & data protection acts

  • Malware, viruses, trojans, worms, DDOS & ransomware

  • Fake news - trust half of what you see and none of what you hear

  • Do not download software or files unless you are sure they are safe

  • Cyber security, viruses, malware and networks

  • If worried or upset by something, report it to someone who can help!

  • If you talk to others online: be patient, be kind and have good manners!

  • Think before you post!


Digital Leaders:

During 2017 and 2018 we are setting up Digital Leaders. This is a programme run to encourage and upskill any students interested in becoming Digital Leaders. They will be trained up  to champion digital citizenship and digital creativity within their school and to educate their peers, parents and teachers about staying safe online.


Any concerns or help needed, please feel free to email me on:


Online Safety Coordinator