E-Safety and Digital Awareness
Young people are growing up in a complex, digital world where the boundaries between online and offline are becoming progressively more blurred. Therefore, it is imperative that we provide our pupils with the right skills and support them in making the right choices, when using technology. We aim to ensure our pupils are able to balance the benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of the risks, so that they can develop effective strategies for staying safe as well as making positive contributions online.
Through a combination of ICT/Computing lessons, the PSHE and Empower programmes and assemblies, we develop our pupils' knowledge and capabilities to utilise technology safely and responsibly, to learn about the world, acquire new skills, create future opportunities and support their studies.
Safeguarding young people online
CEOP, a command of the National Crime Agency, helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
At the College, we have CEOP trained ambassadors in each of the three schools.
Please note: online bullying or other online concerns should not be reported to CEOP and children and young people should be directed to speak to an adult they trust, and/or referred to Childline, if they would like to speak to someone about how they are feeling.
The Internet Watch Foundation provides 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).
Parenting in the digital age
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 minimise online risks by staying engaged with their child’s online activity, by modelling positive online behaviours themselves, and also by reporting any inappropriate or illegal content they find.
Below is our Digital Parenting guide written by Dr. Neelam Palmer; please feel free to download a copy for your family. E-Safety bulletins are also regularly included in the school newsletter to keep pupils, parents and staff up to date on latest online trends, awareness campaigns and safeguarding issues.
We also offer parents free access to the Parent Zone Parenting in the Digital Age online course. The course consists of the following four modules and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete;
- Module 1: Online risk and harm.
- Module 2: What makes some online spaces riskier than others?
- Module 3: Tools to keep your children safer online.
- Module 4: Digital Parenting.
Please email Miss Brook to request the free code.
Useful Web Resources
RCPCH The health impacts of screen time: a guide for clinicians and parents
Recommendations from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health regarding the health impacts of screen time on children and young people. This guide also includes practical tips to support families who want to reduce screen use.
Parent Info is a website for parents, covering all of the issues amplified by the internet. It provides support and advice to parents, with contributions from leading experts and organisations in matters related to young people and families in a digital world.
Internet Matters works collaboratively with industry partners such as BT, Sky, Google and BBC as well as leading experts, to offer parents practical advice and information to tackle online safety issues. It provides guidance on setting parental controls and filters plus reviews on the latest technology and apps.
Common Sense Media 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.
Activities to help families to talk about online safety
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. The following Parent's Guide to Online Safety includes a collection of activities to help families to talk about the sometimes tricky topic of online safety. Click on the image below to access the guide.
Information for Pupils
Not sure if it's bants or bullying? Feeling pressured to share online? Worried about online grooming? Visit the Digital Awareness pages on Firefly to find out more about about these topics as well as tips for staying safe online, protecting your online reputation and how to to spot fake news.