ICT in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Consequently, Marchbank strives wherever possible to build in the use of these technologies in order to ensure our young people have the skills to access life-long learning and employment. E- safety alerts will be posted on the as they become available.

A copy of the E-Safety Policy can be found here:-  E-Safety Policy V3.0.pdf

Information and Communications Technology covers a wide range of resources including web-based and mobile learning.  It is also important to recognise the constant and fast paced evolution of ICT within our society as a whole.  Currently the internet technologies children and young people are using both inside and outside of the classroom include:

Whilst exciting and beneficial both in and out of the context of education, much ICT, particularly web-based resources, are not consistently policed. All users need to be aware of the range of risks associated with the use of these internet technologies and that some have minimum age requirements (13 years in most cases).

In Marchbank Free School we understand the responsibility to educate our pupils on e-Safety issues; teaching them the appropriate behaviours and critical thinking skills to enable them to remain both safe and legal when using the internet and related technologies, in and beyond the context of the classroom.

Our Emerging Technology lead is a trained CEOP Ambassador and is responsible for monitoring current  e-Safety issues and ensuring staff, students and parents are confident with e-safety. Our VLE (FROG) site has its own online safety area where students can access up to date e safety information/fact sheets/online safety games and resources and more importantly easy access to the CEOP (Child Exploitation online protection) site where they can report online abuse. They can also report any online issues within the student portal and an alert email is sent to The Emerging Technology Lead.

Some useful websites for parents/carers are:

Gaming home page https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/gaming/
What’s appropriate for your child -https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/gaming-whats-appropriate-for-your-child/

Game Chat -https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/in-game-chat/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=176d7bc4c3-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_30_06_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-176d7bc4c3-55257749

Parent site - https://www.askaboutgames.com/ https://gamesambassadors.org.uk/ schools, colleges and youth groups can sign up and gain support from experts within the gaming industry around careers in the gaming industry










About CEOP

The NCA's CEOP Command (formerly the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. We protect children from harm online and offline, directly through NCA led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies.

To report online abuse please click the report abuse button on the following link

· Reporting of suspected or known child sex offender activity directly to CEOP for investigation Click the CEOP REPORT button below


Gaming parental controls information
Parental controls fact sheets from Safer internet centre can be found here

Top tips for Nintendo.pdf

Top tips for PS3 and PSP.pdf

Top tips for PS4 and Vita.pdf

Top tips for Xbox One and 360.pdf

Safety fact sheets for gaming platforms, snapchat etc.

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Instagram parents guide.pdf

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Minecraft fact safety sheet.jpg

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reddit fact safety sheet.jpg

Snapchat fact safety sheet.jpg


The App Store.pdf

Current E safety news

Summer Term 2020

Tiya– Team up! Time to play     

Tiya is a social media platform for ages 13+ and allows you to connect with friends who have the same interest with you.

Within Tiya you can:

● Find Groups. Join the community.

Tiya has hundreds of groups that focus on sharing different topics, such as game(Roblox、Among Us), anime, k-pop and etc. You can either join one to chat with your like-minded friends or create your own group!

●  Voice Chat. Meet awesome gamers. 

Find a chatting room in 3 seconds and meet new people with one single swipe. Exchange game information, form a crew and enjoy the fascinating journey Tiya brings to you.

● Customize Room. Create your own place. 

If you are looking for a place to invite your friends and hang out, Tiya will be the best choice for you! Create your own room here and share the link to team up with your friends in just few steps.

Join or create rooms in Tiya to connect the world with all things you love!  

On the Goggle and Apple app stores it says you need to be 13 years of age and over to join but the reviews are all full of comments complaining that lots of the users appear to be much younger.  

If you follow the google app store link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.huanliao.tiya&hl=en_GB&gl=US you will immediately see why the app is appealing to children especially those who love playing Roblox as it advertises opportunities to win Robux.

We have also been told from others who have used the app that they were bombarded with friend requests (12 in the first 5 mins of joining) and invites to  games and chats.

Our advice in regards to Tiya as with all social media is around the need to educate and inform children who are signing up to make sure they only add friends they know from their families and school. Not to accept friend and game requests from strangers and not to engage in private chat rooms with people they don’t know.


The Darlington Internet Safety Partnership Christmas Campaign 2020 Beaumont Hill Academy are working very closely with Darlington Borough Council in keeping your child safe on-line. They have brought out the Christmas Campaign 2020 in which they are sharing helpful tips and advice to keeping your child safe.

For many children and young people, Christmas means that they may be receiving new video games and possibly new game consoles as gifts. Also, due to the Covid lockdowns, gaming is booming and with both PlayStation and Xbox releasing new consoles, it is expected that many excited children will be looking forward to playing with their new consoles and games.

  Along with all that fun and excitement, however, can come a few risks, which is why it is suggested that parents and carers set up the consoles - before gifting them - with a child’s account and parental controls.

With that in mind, Darlington Borough Council have put together some handy links for families on setting parental controls and creating a child’s account on a console.

These links provide help in setting up devices for children and young people, as well as advice and guidance on keeping children safe: https://www.darlington.gov.uk/health-and-social-ca...

These are also direct links to the different consoles: Link to information on how to set up child account and parental controls on all Xbox consoles – https://www.xbox.com/en-GB/community/for-everyone/...

Link for the new Xbox app which lets you control your child’s Xbox via your own mobile phone. You can set time limits and set age restrictions https://www.xbox.com/en-GB/apps/family-settings-ap...

Link to information on how to set parental controls on PlayStation consoles https://www.playstation.com/en-b/support/account/... Follow the link and download the Nintendo Switch parental control app and set time limits and age restrictions via your own mobile phone https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Nintendo-Switch-Family/...

Our personal favourite site for setting parental controls on all things technical related from game’s consoles to mobile phones and tablets with easy to follow step by step picture guides - https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/...

Or, visit the DISP website that contains all of the above links and more internet safety related information for professionals, families and young people. - http://www.darlington.gov.uk/disp

As a parent or carer, you can also contact the DISP directly  mailto:disp@d.gov.ukarlington or of course contact the school, where we will endeavour to help.

Let us work together in keeping your child/children safe on-line.

Summer Term 2020

During lockdown many children and young people have been using a variety of popular streaming apps as a way of having fun, keeping in touch with friends and family and to meet new people. The most popular of these apps being TikTok.

We have had a number of parents and staff from within DBC contact us with concerns around children using TikTok and similar apps and as an issue and concern it’s one that’s not going to go away anytime soon.

Thinkuknow have added some useful resources on the subject of streaming and a useful parent guide on TikTok that helps parents get a better understanding of how it works, what it does as well as the possible risks and dangers of using streaming apps. 

 Parents’ guide to TikTok - https://parentinfo.org/article/tiktok-what-parents...

Streaming guide - https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/globalassets/thinkukn...

As well as the above links we also have some useful information already on these topics as well as other internet safety issues and guides on our own website http://www.darlington.gov.uk/health-and-social-car...

Autumn Term 2019

Launch of DISP
The DISP is Darlington internet safety partnership where you will find lots of key up to date information around the internet. Keeping up to date on what our children are doing online is crucial to keeping them safe . It is updated regularly so please take a look !


Please see latest information on the Dark Web.

Dark Web.pdf

Summer 2018

Online streaming warning 

Twitch – is a live video streaming service for video gamers to stream live footage of themselves playing video games. Viewers watching your stream can type live comments about your stream as you play.

As of May 2018, it had 2.2 million broadcasters monthly and 15 million daily active users, with around a million average concurrent users.

To sign up for Twitch you must be aged 13+ and Twitch states on its website that The Twitch Services are not available to persons under the age of 13. If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, you may only use the Twitch Services under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian who agrees to be bound by these Terms of Service.

The typical Twitch user is male and aged between 18 and 34 years of age.

What parents need to know:- 

While Twitch is a legitimate platform enjoyed by millions of users it doesn’t come without issues particularly for younger users. Comments left on peoples live streams can be at times very abusive, negative and explicit. Female gamers who stream are often the target for abuse and receive offensive and explicit comments. Younger users are also known to be targeted for abuse by older users who see them as an easy target to wind up etc.

We are also aware of users becoming very upset and stressed when no one watches their streams or they receive negative comments. This is having a negative impact upon their self-esteem and confidence. Appropriate content is a major issue with regards to younger views as many of the games broadcast are not suitable with games such as GTA 5 and other 18 cert games broadcast. These broadcasts are often accompanied with a content warning on start-up but you don’t have to verify your age.

While we have seen a rise in primary age children saying that they are using Twitch it may not mean that they have an account as you can access Twitch streams without needing an account. You cannot leave comments on someone’s stream however without an account.


 Doki Doki Literature Club! is a game for PC and Mac. It has been in the headlines because, although it looks like a dating game, it has a dark twist about 90 minutes in. Suddenly the characters start killing themselves. During this process, suicidal images are shown. There little narrative warning of these events that come out of the blue for the player. Contrary to newspaper reports, the game does not send messages to your phone, and is not played online.  Why No PEGI Rating? Because the game does not have a physical release it doesn’t legally require a PEGI rating to be sold. If it was sold on Xbox, PlayStation,  Nintendo or Android online stores it would need a PEGI or ESRB rating because those platforms voluntarily enforce the rating. If it was on the App Store it would have an Apple age rating. Because the game includes adult language it would get at least a PEGI 16 rating if it was released on these platforms or sold in physical form. On Steam this isn’t the same. However, it is listed as Psychological Horror, Visual Novel, Dark, Gore, Violent and Sexual Content. The game page also states that “This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed”. When you start the game this is re-stated and you are required to confirm you are aged 13 or older. 

  Are There Parental Controls? You can turn on Family Settings on your Steam account by: Selecting Account | Family View. Enter your four-digit PIN.You can then restrict access to games and the Steam Store.

Instagram Warning

  Durham Constabulary have been made aware of several recent incidents whereby children have been contacted over Instagram by a profile called either maxjudernit or person511. These profiles are targeting the girls and asking them for intimate and sexual photographs and they are sending sexual pictures in return, many are believed to be screenshots.

Although it's anonymous to start, it may not stay that way. The app encourages users to exchange personal information in the "Meet Up" section.

Please check your child’s social media use and reiterate the importance of telling you should anyone make unsolicited requests.

Many parents have asked how to help their child set their social media accounts to friends only, particularly on Facebook. Below you will find some help sheets to help you manage the settings on your child's Facebook account.

Click below to find out how to turn off messenger notifications


Click below to see how to set your settings to friends only on Facebook

putting your settings to friends only.pdf

Please contact the school with any further information around E-Safety