As a National Online Safety Certified School, we foster a whole school community approach to online safety and deliver and share online safety training courses, webinars, guides, lesson plans and updates to help keep our children safe online.
We encourage parents to download the National Online Safety App, which empowers parents and teachers to understand and address online safeguarding risks, any time, anywhere. Their website is https://info.nationalonlinesafety.com/mobile-app
Online safety issues
The internet is a fantastic place for students to learn, create and have fun, but they may occasionally have to deal with a variety of sometimes challenging issues. internetmatters.org has lots of advice on a range of online issues that your child may face to help them enjoy the digital world safely and smartly. Whatever their age, the site we can help you to find out more and give you practical advice on the steps you can take as a parent to keep them safe in their digital world. To give your child a safe space to explore their curiosity online. These step by step guides will help you to set up the right controls and privacy settings on the networks, gadgets, apps, and sites they use to give them a safer online experience.
Please take time to read through any of these helpful resources by clicking on the tabs below.
Snapchat has been updated so that it now uses the GPS on your phone to place you on a map where people can see exactly where you are.
You can adapt the settings to one of three options:
- no one can see where you are (ghost mode),
- only your friends see where you are, or
- everyone can see where you are.
This information can be seen in the pdf document below:
Please inform all students that if they have downloaded the following App to delete it immediately:
This App has been brought to the attention of Merseyside Police as certain undesirable groups are looking to use it as a way of exploiting vulnerable youngsters.
O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline - providing personalised support for parents on privacy settings, new sites and apps and general advice. Call on 0808 8005002, also available through live chat.
Net Aware – our popular guide to the 50 sites, apps and games used by young people. Net Aware has been awarded the Best Product for Parents at the recent Digital Safety Awards. It’s available as an app or parents can sign up for the newsletter for regular updates.
Advice and guidance–our website has a wide range of information on anything from sexting and cyberbullying to porn and parental controls
Child Sexual Exploitation
NSPCC’s Share Aware campaign is a great way to engage with parents about how sometimes children and young people share too much information online. http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keepingchildren
NSPCC’s Net Aware campaign a tool for parents and school staff to understand better the range of social media apps that children and young people of all ages are currently using. Net Aware allows you type in the name of an app (as well as seeing an A-Z listing of all apps that they have reviewed) and see what the app does and the risks associated with that app. So if you want to know all about tumblr, Keek and ooVoo, for example, check out Net Aware. http://www.net-aware.org.uk
Merseyside Police Top tips to stay safe online
ooVoo is a new App that parents need to be aware of. It is a new video chat app that lets you make video calls, voice calls and send texts to friends and family. Like many other sites and apps, ooVoo is used by both adults and children. This means that children can be directly contacted by an adult they don’t know. Furthermore, activity on services such as ooVoo is often adult in nature.
CEOP recommends that sites such as ooVoo should only be used by young people aged over 13, who have set their privacy settings to only allow contact with people they know and trust in the real world. For more information and guidance please follow the links below:
Parents and students can get advice and support regarding internet safety on the following sites:
Be Healthy is a website designed by young people for use by young people on staying safe http://www.ayph-behealthy.org.uk/
Barnardos have provided a leaflet about Be aware, stay alert, keep safe! http://www.barnardos.org.uk/spot_the_signs_cyp.pdf
For concerns about a healthy relationship checklist visit http://thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk/worried-about-abuse#relationship-checklist