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Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said as confirmed by the DFE:
As a parent I’ve seen just what an important role the internet can play in children’s education. But it can also bring risks, which is why we must do everything we can to help children stay safe online – at school and at home.
This includes ensuring young people know how to use the internet responsibly and that parents and teachers have the right measures in place to keep children safe from exploitation or radicalisation.
These measures are delivering on the government’s commitment to keep children safe from harm, as well as providing helpful support and information for professionals and parents so we are all equipped to help protect children in this digital age.
Russell Hobby, General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said:
The internet is a powerful tool but also poses obvious risks for children and young people. We think schools would welcome greater clarity on how to deploy appropriate filters and monitoring systems and that they will readily fulfil their safeguarding duties in this domain.
David Wright, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, said:
It’s great that online safety is being incorporated into this document. The UK Safer Internet Centre is ready to work with DfE to explore how best to support schools in meeting this new requirement.
Digital Technologies in most cases are now a part of everyday life both within and outside the academy. Digital Technologies provided a range of resources and opportunities for students, the aim is to empower students to be responsible and confident digital citizens as the academy wishes students to use the internet both in and out of the academy but in a safe, responsible way.
Students are educated about online safety when students first start at the academy in Year 7, and are continually reminded about how to be safe online through tutorial sessions and in their PSCHE curriculum lessons. We also hold assemblies on this topic area.
If you are experiencing things online that are making you upset please complete the form below and we’ll pass on the information to someone in the academy who can help.
When you’re online, always keep your personal stuff private and think about what you say and do.
Remember that people online may not be who they say they are. Online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time. Don’t share personal information online. This includes:
- your full name
- school information
- telephone numbers
- places you like to spend time
Make sure you have set your privacy settings to restrict access to personal information. Lock down your Facebook account so only your friends can see your pictures and posts. Change the privacy settings so the whole world can’t see your personal details. If you use apps such as Snapchat and Instagram use a nickname instead of your real name. Be careful of the images you share of yourself. Our advice is if you wouldn’t share it with your granny don’t share it with anyone!
To stop people accessing your online accounts, always keep your passwords secret and change them regularly.
Think about blocking people who send you unpleasant or inappropriate messages. Also, don’t open unknown links and attachments. If you receive a message or email that looks too good to be true it will be! Don’t click links in the message or reply!
Always delete emails from people you don’t know, and don’t open attachments from people you don’t know. They may contain a virus that can stop your computer working or record everything you are doing on your computer.
If someone is unpleasant online block them if you can.
If you see anything that upsets you online or if someone asks to meet you, flag it up with someone you trust.
If you are worried or unhappy about anything you see online, tell a parent or an adult you trust and they can help you. In school you can approach any member of staff if you have any worries about things you experience online. They will then share this information with an expert in school who will provide support. Alternatively, you can flag up any issues using our Flag It! form.
If you want to talk to someone else, you can call Childline on 0800 1111 or go to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.
If a friend you have made online asks to meet you in the offline world, talk to your parents or a trusted adult about it. You should never meet up with someone you have met online without an adult going with you because it is dangerous.
If someone you know is being nasty to someone online, speak to a parent or trusted adult about it.
You can find out more about being safe online on the Think U Know website.
As a parent/carer, should you hold any concerns regarding any aspects of online safety please contact the academy’s Online Safety Ambassador- Miss V. Moore for guidance and support.
Useful resources for further information and guidance:
https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/ – For finding out more about keeping your child safe online.
https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers – Advice for parents and carers