Children are growing up in a world with a bigger range of online activities than ever before and it is sometimes very hard for both children and adults to know how to stay safe.
Parents/Online Safety Information
Most parents will want to reduce the risks to their children and remembering to set parental controls can reduce the risks to children and reduce the risk to parents too. Online safety is not just about protecting children from some of the dangers of the internet – it is also about helping them manage their use of technology. Most of the parental controls allow adults to set a maximum time for the use of a device or app too if this would be useful.
Internet Matters is a site paid for by many British companies. It has a lot of good advice on adding parental controls as well as on most aspects of online safety. Parental controls will only help keep children safe. The best safety feature that a child has is their parent or carer. Take the time to talk to your child about the apps and games they are using and don’t be afraid to say no, sometimes!
The range of online apps changes on a regular basis and the NSPCC have a site called Net Aware. This provides unbiased up-to-date information on current apps and sites along with advice to parents about dealing with issues.
The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to provide advice to parents and have a free helpline on 0808 800 5002. They will also give support in any O2 shop – you do not have to be an O2 customer.
ThinkUKnow is the website aimed at children and their parents from the National Crime Agency. It has lots of useful suggestions and advice on how to report issues. It also has lots of games and activities including Jessie and Friends for the younger children and Band Runner for the older ones.
For the youngest children, being tricked into sharing pictures can be an issue. LGfL have produced a lovely free video which has some great advice and a very catchy song!
Many children will at times suffer from online or cyber bullying. It is really important that they have someone they can talk to and know that it is not acceptable. Most apps and sites will have systems in place that allow bullying to be reported.
Children can call Childline on 0800 1111 for advice on anything that is worrying them.
Finally, since 2015 is has been a criminal offence for an adult to send a message with sexual content to a child (This is Section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015). If you are concerned that this might have happened, please contact The Police without further using the device. This will help ensure that evidence can be preserved.
Durham Trinity School and Sports College have shown our commitment to protecting our pupils online by choosing to work with National Online Safety, which will provide resources, training and support for all parents and carers about Online Safety.
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
- Online Bullying
- Online Grooming
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Sexual Harassment & Violence
- Online Identity
- Online Challenges
- Social Media Platforms
- Online Gambling
- Radicalisation, Terrorism & Extremism
- Age-Inappropriate Content
- Online Reputation
- Pornography · Games & Trends
Please use the link available in the Parent Enrolment Letter for National Online Safety in the Additional Advice section below to create your parent login and access the resources available.
Advice for Adoptive Parents – please click on the link below to access further information.
Online Learning Policies
- 2021 Parent or Carer Acceptable Use Policy.pdf
- 2021 Pupil Acceptable Use Policy (condensed version).pdf
- 2021 Pupil Acceptable Use Policy (full version).pdf
- 2021 Pupil Acceptable Use Policy (middle version).pdf
- 2021 Video Calling Guidelines for Staff Pupils and Parents.pdf
- 2022 Remote Learning Policy.pdf
- 2023 Online Safety Policy.pdf