Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said:

“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.”

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.

Online safety tips for students:
As young people, the internet will almost certainly be a part of your daily life. Whilst using technology has many advantages, it is important to remember to use the internet safely and responsibly. Here are a few tips and links to help you navigate the internet safely…

You can report online safety concerns to a trained member of staff at the academy by contacting your Head of House, or by visiting the Flag It page.

You can also report abuse to the police by clicking the CEOP report button at the bottom of every page on this website, or can call Childline for help and advice using the number 0800 1111.

We have put together a few general tips to help you be safer online…

– Think before you post or share! – once a picture or video is online you can lose control over it. Even if you delete the original, anyone could have saved and reposted it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyOehybrFhA

You should also be aware that if you post messages about someone else, which are mean, nasty or untrue, there could be possible legal consequences.

Remember – Online bullying is still bullying.

Sexting Sexting is the sending of sexual images of yourself or someone else using technology. If you are under 18 this is illegal, even if you are girlfriend and boyfriend,  and whoever is the recipient of that image is technically in possession of an indecent image of a child – which is also a criminal offence. This means you could be prosecuted under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

– Don’t give our personal information – for example your address, email address or mobile phone number.

– Avoid meeting up with someone that you have only met online. Someone online could be lying to you about who they really are. If you do decide to meet someone you have only met online, make sure you inform parents/carers, take an adult with you, and meet up in a very public place.

– Keep your privacy settings as high as possible – see the links below for advice on particular social networking sites and how to do this.

– Keep your password safe – ideally these should not be written down, and you should not use the same password for everything. Try to use a combination of characters rather than actual words.

– Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know in the real world

– Respect the views of other people – you might not always agree with what someone else has to say, but there is no need to be rude!

– If you do see something which makes you feel uncomfortable online, leave the application or website, turn off the device and tell a trusted adult straight away.

For further information you may also find useful the following links:

Parents Support

As a parent/carer, should you hold any concerns regarding any aspects of online safety please take a look at our advice on Keeping Your Child Safe or contact the academy’s Online Safety Ambassador Mrs Moore for guidance and support – onlinesafety@sentamuacademy.org

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

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls/