At the Redhill Academy, we work to provide high-quality guidance for students and their families about the dangers of the online digital world. We also offer advice and support to help stay safe and avoid these risks and threats.
In this section, you will find links to websites and resources to help you at home and information and fact sheets that we have sourced to help you read and discuss. Please take some time to look at these websites and resources; we feel they can help keep you and your child safer online.
E-SAFETY IN SCHOOL
As part of the Computing curriculum, students in Key Stage 3 learn about what information should not be shared in the public domain. Students also learn Internet etiquette and guidelines they should adhere to on social networking sites. PSHE is another key area where students learn about E-Safety, the dangers associated with Internet browsing and the consequences of inappropriate behaviour online.
Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter continue to grow in popularity, especially amongst children, some as young as 7 or 8 years old. Please click on the link below, which aims to provide support on a range of key topics concerning online safety.
A PARENT'S GUIDE TO PREVENT
Parents and Carers
- Ensure the computer is kept in an area of the house where it is easier to monitor what young people are accessing online.
- Make the most of Internet filtering software and use your web browser’s controls to enable security on different websites.
- Inform children not to share their personal information online.
- Create a “code of conduct” policy where young people are involved in creating rules which must be abided by when using the Internet at home.
- Be online together! Browsing the Internet with your child and being involved in their ‘online world’ will promote online safety.
For children and young people
CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button below.
If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP helps children and young people under the age of 18 who have been forced or manipulated into taking part, or are being pressured to take part, in sexual activity of any kind. This can be both online and offline. The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
Online bullying or other online concerns should not be reported to CEOP and children and young people should be directed to speak to an adult they trust, and/or referred to Childline, if they would like to speak to someone about how they are feeling.
WEBSITES & PHONE NUMBERS
- Childline – 0800 1111
- StopitNow – 0800 1000900
Additional resources to support parents and carers
- Thinkuknow – provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online.
- Parent info – is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.
- Childnet – offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and find out where to get more help and support.
- Internet matters – provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world.
- London Grid for Learning supports parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary-aged children safe online.
- Net-aware – has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games.
- Let’s Talk About It advises parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation.
- UK Safer Internet Centre – has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services.
- NSPCC – has advice on setting up parental controls, talking to children about online safety, including the risk of sharing and receiving nude images, and supporting children if they have seen something online that has upset them.