Online Safety

Online Safety

We aim to ensure staff, parents and pupils understand how to stay safe and behave online

With the increasingly complex world, pupils are growing up living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. We as a school need to equip our pupils with the knowledge needed to make the best use of the internet and technology in a safe, considered and respectful way, so they can reap the benefits of the online world.

Online safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Haughton Academy. All of our pupils are taught how to stay safe and behave appropriately online, but this approach is only successful if we work together and reinforce safe behaviour at home too.

We aim to;

Whole-school approach

As a school, embedding whole-school approaches are more successful than lessons alone. We want an approach that goes beyond teaching to include all aspects of school life, including: 

In Haughton Academy, we aim to: 

Online Safety Advice for Parents and Pupils

The online world is posing an ever-increasing risk to children, and it is important that schools, parents and carers work together to take an active role in teaching children about online dangers. Learning how to act safely when using the internet is an incredibly important part of safeguarding our children.  

We are therefore delighted to announce that Haughton Academy has shown our commitment to protecting our pupils online by working with National Online Safety - providing resources for all parents and carers.   

The resources include Parents & Carers courses (presented by Myleene Klass), online video resources and weekly guides covering a huge range of topics, including: 

  • Online Relationships
  • Fake Profiles & Social Bots  
  • Online Bullying 
  • Online Grooming  
  • Child Sexual Exploitation   
  • Sexual Harassment & Violence  
  • Sexting  Live Streaming  
  • Online Identity  
  • Screen Addiction   
  • Online Challenges  
  • Overspending  
  • Social Media Platforms
  • Online Gambling  
  • Radicalisation, Terrorism & Extremism   
  • Age Inappropriate Content  
  • Copyright & Ownership   
  • Hacking 
  • Fake News  
  • Online Fraud  
  • Online Reputation  
  • Personal Data  
  • Pornography   
  • Targeted Adverts & Pop-Ups  
  • The Dark Web  
  • Games & Trends

To create your account, please follow this link and complete your details.  When you are set up, you will be able to set ‘Parent/Carer’ as your user type. 

You can access National Online Safety online via any device, including via our brand-new smartphone app.  To download the app, please go to: 

Alternatively, search for ‘National Online Safety’ in the App Store/Google Play Store.  

If you are concerned with your child’s online safety and require support please contact either;

Alternatively, if you are worried about anything, you can email to get in touch with the Safeguarding Team on 01325 254000


Talk to your children:

In order to protect children online, it is vital that we take an active interest in their online lives and engage in the digital world with them.

Take a look at the conversation starter ideas and family agreement template available from Childnet International: www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/have-a-convers...

Be ‘Share Aware’:

If your children love to socialise online, it can be difficult to monitor who they are talking to and what they post all of the time. However, there are some simple steps you can take to help minimise the risks.

Have a look at the advice produced by the NSPCC and watch the ‘Share Aware’ videos with your children: www.nspcc.org.uk/ShareAware

Managing screen-time:

Some parents feel guilty about the amount of time their children spend looking at a screen, but you can help your child maintain a healthy balance between online and offline activities.

Internet Matters has a helpful interactive guide to parental controls: www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/interact...  as well as #Screensafe summer tips: www.internetmatters.org/keeping-kids-safe-in-the-s...

Make it enriching:

As adults, it is important that we acknowledge the many wonderful and positive opportunities the internet provides for our children; we just need to steer them in the right direction.

Have a look at this article from Digital Parenting Magazine, which recommends educational apps to help you and your family enjoy the outdoors: www.vodafonedigitalparenting.co.uk/useful-tools/ou...