Most young people are accessing the internet from a variety of devices. Safe use of the internet is taught in our Personal Development Curriculum, Assemblies and on Impact Days.
However, all adults need to be aware of safeguarding issues around the internet. A useful source of free and current advice can be found at https://nationalcollege.com/categories/online-safety
Other useful websites for parents include https://childnet.com
Children have access to the internet on their mobile phones and often in their bedrooms. We would encourage all children to go online in a family area where everyone is together, and the content viewed can be seen and heard by all. This would help you to be instantly aware of any issues.
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
- Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
- Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)
If you are worried about online abuse or exploitation, report it to CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) - https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/