Being online is an integral part of the lives of our students and online safety is absolutely fundamental to our safeguarding and child protection systems. The internet and online technology provide new opportunities for young people’s learning and growth but can also expose them to new types of risks.
Our online systems are designed to keep students safe and our robust programme of online safety teaching in school is delivered by trained staff, complemented by expert speakers and students who have received ‘Be Strong Online’ peer support training from the Diana Award.
The following resources are designed to support parents in strengthening their daughter’s online safety at home.
- Experts in digital parenting, Parent Zone (https://www.parents.parentzone.org.uk/) offers superb advice on online safety, digital resilience, and screen time.
- Common Sense Media has a superb ‘Ultimate Guide to Parental Controls’: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-parental-controls
- Google’s Family Link app lets you set digital ground rules to help guide your children as they learn, play, and explore online: (https://families.google.com/intl/en_uk/familylink/)
- Vodafone offers excellent information on how you can adjust the “safety and privacy settings in some of the most popular social media apps (Instagram, SnapChat, Facebook, Twitter) to help keep children safe online: https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting/safety-settings
- Vodafone’s Digital Parenting Magazine (https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting/archive) covers a range of topics from cyberbullying and parental controls to gaming and peer pressure. For further information on how to build a positive digital footprint, visit this page: https://www.vodafone.co.uk/mobile/digital-parenting/digital-footprint
- Parent Info (https://parentinfo.org/) is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations, covering everything from online safety to body image.
- BBC Own It offers an excellent app (https://www.bbc.com/ownit) for smartphones, which features a special keyboard, combines machine-learning technology with the ability to keep a diary of a child’s emotions and allow them the chance to record how they are feeling and why. In response, the app can offer help and support, giving advice if their behaviour strays outside safe and sensible norms. The BBC Own It special keyboard is very helpful also: https://www.bbc.com/ownit/about-us/own-it-app-parents-view
- The following website provides inks to a range of charities and organisations which offer further support and advice: