Today’s students are growing up in an increasingly complex world, living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. Online safety is included in the school’s personal development programme, such as in PSHE lessons, and this page gives some key information and where to go to get further information or support.
Advice from Wirral Council
These tips are from the UK Safer Internet Centre:
1: Protect your online reputation: use the services provided to manage your digital footprints and ‘think before you post.’ Content posted online can last forever and could be shared publicly by anyone.
2: Know where to find help: understand how to report to service providers and use blocking and deleting tools. If something happens that upsets you online, it’s never too late to tell someone.
3: Don’t give in to pressure: if you lose your inhibitions you've lost control; once you’ve pressed send you can’t take it back.
4: Respect the law: use reliable services and know how to legally access the music, film and TV you want.
5: Acknowledge your sources: use trustworthy content and remember to give credit when using others’ work/ideas.
Further information: UK Safer Internet Centre
Further Information for Parents & Carers
Internet Matters – a not-for-profit organisation set up to empower parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world. Their support for parents includes a range of downloadable guides covering subjects such as transition to secondary school, Vlogging & livestreaming, online gaming and cyberbullying.
NSPCC - includes a range of resources to help parents keep children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, apps, games and more.
Parent Info - from CEOP and Parent Zone, Parent Info is a website for parents covering all of the issues amplified by the internet. It is a free service which helps schools engage parents with expert safety advice, endorsed by the National Crime Agency’s CEOP command. This website provides expert information across a range of online harms.
Parent Zone - offers a range of resources for families, to help them meet the challenges of the digital age, including parent guides on the latest digital trends and platforms.
Further Information for Pupils
BBC Own It – Support for young people to take control of their online life, including help and advice, skills and inspiration on topics such as friendships and bullying, safety and self-esteem.
Childline – includes information for pupils on sexting, gaming, grooming, bullying, porn, relationships.
Reporting/Getting Support with an Online Safety Issue
CEOP - Make A Report
If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating, let CEOP know.
A free, private and confidential service. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch.