Online Safety

Online Safety

Online Safety Advice for parents/carers and pupils

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.

Below we have information for parents/carers and pupils about online safety, with home learning activities can be accessed from ThinkUKnow by clicking  Online Safety Home Learning Activities and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport by clicking here.

Online Safety Advice for Parents and Pupils

The internet is an amazing resource if used properly. If not, it can be a minefield. As a parent/carer, it is very difficult to stay on top of social media, apps, online gaming, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snap Chat and the latest online crazes. More importantly, do you know what your child is doing on line? Do you know who they are talking to? Do you know what they are posting? Do you know how to take control and so ensure your child’s online safety? The following tips will help you to keep your child safe online.

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...


Online Safety Factsheets

Here are some key Online Safety Factsheets on the following can be found be clicking on the relevant links below, all factsheets are provided and supported by  National Online Safety:

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