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
We aim to;
Teach pupils about the underpinning knowledge and behaviours that can help them navigate the online world safely and confidently regardless of the device, platform or app.
- Equip ALL staff (Teachers, Non-Teaching & Governors) and parents with the tools needed to support pupils in making the right choices online.
- Embed the teaching of online safety and harms at a whole school level.
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:
- Partnerships with families and the community
In Haughton Academy, we aim to:
- Create a culture that incorporates the principles of online safety across all elements of school life.
- Protect children from extremism and radicalisation Policy
Peer on Peer Abuse Policy
Haughton Academy Behaviour Policy
- Modell the online safety principles consistently.
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
- Social Media Platforms
- Online Gambling
- Radicalisation, Terrorism & Extremism
- Age Inappropriate Content
- Copyright & Ownership
- Fake News
- Online Fraud
- Online Reputation
- Personal Data
- 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;
- Mrs S Gill, Deputy Head/Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Mr A Hinnigan, Assistant Headteacher Haughton Academy Trust E-Safety link
- Your child’s Head of Year who can be found here
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
- Let your children
teach you about their online world and how they use technology; playing new
games and exploring websites together can often open opportunities to discuss
safe behaviour online.
- Make sure your children know that you are safe
and approachable; remind them that they can tell you if something happens
online that makes them feel scared, worried or uncomfortable, without being
told off or punished.
Take a look at the conversation starter ideas and family agreement template
available from Childnet International:
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.
- Talk to your child about what is and isn’t
appropriate to share online; whether it is their date of birth, location or
photographs, they should be really careful about posting their personal
- Make sure your child understands how their
privacy settings work; show your child how to make their online accounts
private and discuss how to block and report other people online. Think U Know and
the UK Safer Internet Centre have helpful guides:
- Ensure that you role-model positive behaviour
online; consider asking your child’s permission before posting photos of them
online and empower them to have control over their ‘digital reputation’.
a look at the advice produced by the NSPCC and watch the ‘Share Aware’ videos
with your children:
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
- Set boundaries for children online the same way you do in the ‘real
world’. Don’t try to ban the internet; instead agree as a family how long tech should
be used for and what
the limits, expectations and consequences are.
- Share quality time together. Consider
nominating ‘tech-free’ areas or times, such as your child’s bedroom or dinner
time, where you can give each other undivided attention and share offline experiences,
like reading a book together.
- Familiarise yourself with the parental
controls on your home devices or from your broadband provider; if ‘rules’ aren’t
enough for your children, you may find switching the ‘Wi-Fi’ off in the
evenings or keeping charges downstairs may help ensure that they get a good
- Be a good role model; remember that your
children will follow your example, so think about your own use of technology and
how often you pick up your devices.
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
- Encourage your child’s creativity by teaching them
how to take photos or make videos safely; these can be used to make a collage
or be shared with family and friends.
- Take the screens outside and utilise mobile
devices to go on a real-life treasure hunt; when used safely ‘Geocaching’ and
augmented reality games such as ‘Pokémon Go’ can enable parents to play with their
children online, as well as enjoy fresh air and exercise.
- Being online should be a sociable activity; keep
your devices in a communal area and take it in turns to choose a game or video
that the whole family can enjoy together. Why not take it in turns the good old
fashioned way to beat the highest scorer?
- Create learning opportunities; just because
they’re not at school, doesn’t mean children can’t continue to learn new
things. There are a number of educational apps and resources available online
or simply encourage your children to safely research different things online.
Have a look at this
article from Digital Parenting Magazine, which recommends educational apps to
help you and your family enjoy the outdoors: