We hope that Bishop’s Stortford College pupils will make the most of the wonderful opportunities offered online to better understand the wider world, engage with issues that affect them and access a wealth of learning resources. However, we believe that staying safe online and protecting personal online reputations should be a priority for all.
We aim to equip College pupils with the resilience, skills, knowledge and support they need to navigate any online risks they may come across through ICT/Computing lessons and regular information sharing within the PSHE programme and assemblies. We also run Digital Leaders, a peer-to-peer education programme where pupils themselves champion digital citizenship and digital creativity across the College.
We encourage parents and carers to maintain an open and honest dialogue with their children about their online lives, by supporting them with their personal development online and helping them to deal with any concerns or issues. Parents can help to respond to the negative by staying engaged with their child’s online activity (as appropriate to their age), by modelling positive online behaviours themselves, and also by reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find.
The links and resources below aim to support our community in using technology safely, responsibly and positively. These include our Digital Parenting guide written by Dr. Neelam Palmer; please feel free to download a copy for your family.
E-Safety Guidance for Parents and Carers
Thinkyouknow - www.thinkyouknow.co.uk/parents
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command and aims to keep children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. It is underpinned by the latest intelligence about child sex offending from CEOP Command. It gives practical advice should you need to report concerns about online grooming and sexual abuse.
Parent Info - www.parentinfo.org
Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and Parent Zone. In recent years, Parent Zone's work has focused on the impact of digital technologies on families. In line with CEOP’s Thinkuknow programme, some of the content covers internet safety, but it all starts from the assumption that young people make little distinction between their online and offline lives and the issues for parents are often the same. The aim is to help parents help their children be discriminating, web-literate and resilient.
Common Sense Media - www.commonsensemedia.org
Common Sense helps families make smart media choices. They offer a huge library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Their Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.
Digital Parenting Magazine - www.vodafone.com/content/parents
This online safety guide for families is a partnership between Parent Zone and Vodafone. The annual magazine combines practical information with the latest research and expert views.
Internet Matters - www.internetmatters.org
This website contains a lot of information and advice on internet safety issues together with news and advice from industry experts. There is guidance on setting parental controls and filters plus reviews on the latest technology and apps.
UK Safer Internet Centre - www.saferinternet.org.uk
A partnership between Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and South West Grid for Learning, with one mission - to promote the safe and responsible use of technology for young people. Their Awareness Centre provides advice and support to parents and co-ordinates Safer Internet Day across UK.
The Internet Watch Foundation - www.iwf.org.uk
An anonymous and safe place to report and remove online child sexual abuse imagery and videos, wherever they are found in the world. It can also be used to report obscene adult content (hosted in the UK only).
A Parents’ Guide to Online Safety - ParentsGuideOnlineSafety-Activities.pdf
It may not be easy to talk to children and young people about technology and the internet - especially if you are not confident with these yourself. This guide includes a collection of activities to help families to talk about the sometimes tricky topic of online safety.
Cyber Bullying: The Complete Resource Guide - www.backgroundchecks.org
This comprehensive guide offers important and useful information for parents, teachers, and family members on cyberbullying, what it is, the laws around it, and what adults can do to help prevent cyberbullying from happening.
E-Safety Guidance for Young People
Childline - www.childline.org.uk
Having a mobile phone and going online is great for lots of reasons. But it's important to be aware of the dangers too. Learn how to stay safe online by reading Childline's practical guides or visiting their awesome YouTube channel. You can talk to Childline about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Call them free on 0800 1111 or get in touch online. However you choose to contact them, you're in control. It’s confidential and you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.
Thinkyouknow - www.thinkyouknow.co.uk
This website gives loads of information on how to have fun, how to stay in control and how to report any problems when online. Simply choose your age group for relevant advice on keeping you and your friends safe.
Childnet - www.childnet.com/young-people
Find the latest information on the sites and services that you like to use, plus information about mobiles, gaming, downloading, social networking and much more.