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 regular information sharing within the PSHE programme and assemblies.

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. This section of the website is for parents or guardians to understand more about staying safe online. There are a series of links and resources below that you may find helpful.

Internet Safety Links

https://www.ceop.police.uk/ - CEOP – UK Government Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre for advice, help or to make a report if concerned that abuse may be happening. This may be someone who is chatting about sex online, asking them to meet up face to face, asking them to do sexual things on a webcam, asking for sexual pictures or simply making them feel worried or unsafe.

www.iwf.org.uk - The Internet Watch Foundation is the place to go if a request to remove illegal material from a website is unsuccessful.

http://parentinfo.org/ excellent new website. It was developed out of a partnership between CEOP and The Parent Zone and contains lots of good eSafety advice.

www.thinkyouknow.co.uk – The CEOP Centre has set up its own educational website which has been designed and written specifically for children, young people, teachers, parents and carers. It has some excellent and up-to-date resources, including Good Online Gaming Guide.

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.

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/- A partnership of 3 leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation. Resources for children, schools and families. Operates the UK’s hotline for reporting online criminal content.

www.childnet.com  and www.kidsmart.org.uk – Award winning internet safety website for parents and those working with children. Excellent information on many of the technologies used by children, with guidance on how to stay safe on-line.

www.parents.vodafone.com – Vodafone have developed this website in conjunction with mumsnet. It is very accessible and provides information and guidance to parents. They also publish an excellent magazine, “Digital Parenting” full of advice and tips.

www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/ - There is a good section on children’s on-line safety.

www.getsafeonline.org – Information on Internet Safety including video tutorials.

https://support.google.com/ for reporting online concerns to Google service provider.

http://www.digizen.org/ - advice on being responsible digital citizens.

www.parentport.org.uk – run by the UK’s media regulators to protect children from inappropriate material. Can be used to make a complaint.

backgroundchecks.org/cyber-bullying-helping-the-bullied-stopping-the-bullies.html - 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.