"As a parent or carer you play a key role in helping your child to stay safe online.
You don’t need to be an expert on the internet to help keep your child stay safe online. Our advice and resources are here to support you as you support your child to use the internet safely, responsibility and positively."(UK Safer Internet Centre, 2021)
Please look at the following links for advice on keeping your child safe online:
https://swgfl.org.uk/resources/online-safety-guidance-for-parents/ (South West Grid for Learning)
https://saferinternet.org.uk/guide-and-resource/parents-and-carers (UK Safer Internet Group)
There is also a page in the Parents section of our website on Internet Safety and Harm with lots of useful information and advice:
Reporting Online Harmful Content
On the front of our website is a tool called Whisper where it is possible for parents or carers, pupils or staff to report anonymously any concerns around harmful content to which they feel they may have been exposed.
Illegal Content should be reported to the following agencies:
National Crime Agency (NCA): serious crime, CEOP
Internet Watch Foundation (IWF): child sexual images
Action Counters Terrorism (ACT): terrorism, suspicious activity
TRUEVISION: Hate crimes
Legal but harmful content should be reported to:
What is Online Harmful Content?
The grid below shows common threats from online harmful content (from SWGfL). The '4 Cs' are the different stages at which children can be affected:
Content (What the child may be seeing on line)
Contact (What might be being sent to the child)
Conduct (What the child may be doing themselves online)
Contract (Where children may be being exploited)
The cross-cutting headings are in each stage.
You may need to scroll across the grid to see each section in detail.
Child as recipient
Child as participant
Child as actor
Child as consumer
Violent gory graphic racist hateful extremist
Harassment stalking unwanted surveillance
Bullying hateful peer activity - trolling, exclusion, shaming
Fraud phishing scams gambling blackmail
Pornography sexualisation of culture body image
Sexual harassment grooming generation and sharing of child sexual abuse material
Sexual harassment, non consensual pressures and messages
Sextortion trafficking for sexual exploitation
Streaming sexual abuse
Age inappropriate user generated marketing content or misinformation
Radicalism extremism and recruitment
Harmful user communities: self-harm, anti-vaccine peer pressures
Polarisation, persuasive design, profiling bias
Privacy and data protection abuses, physical and mental health risks, forms of discrimination
Having a conversation with your child
Safer Internet say it is really important to chat with your children on an ongoing basis about staying safe online. Not sure where to begin? Safer Internet have provided these conversation starter suggestions which may help.
What games do you and your friends like to play online? Can you show me the websites you visit the most? Shall we play your favourite game online together?
What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
Where can they go to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use?
What more could you do to use the internet together? Are there activities that you could enjoy as a family?
Please read our online safety policy below. There is also a copy of an online safety guide from SWGfL for Parents.
Our online safety lead is: Bernie Ranzetta
Our Computing leads are: Anna Kyle and Reena Parmar Gosal
Our IT Technician is: Jack Beaumont
Please feel free to contact the school regarding concerns around online safety or delivery of the curriculum
Tel: 0116 2737047