The Trinity School has a very proactive stance on keeping pupils and young people safe online. At School computers are filtered and monitored with state of the art software and access is supervised and restricted.
We seek to support parents with pupils’ education in the safe use of the internet and to this end hold an annual parents event in addition to assemblies to Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form.
Each year we distribute a copy of Digital Parenting to all families. This is an excellent publication full of useful tips and advice on how to tackle the potentially challenging job of raising young people in the digital era.
Nottingham City Support
The Local Authority has an E-Safety document published November 2016. This guide offers advice to support the school policy on E-Safety and complements the practice already adopted in school.
Useful websites and phone numbers for parents and carers
If you are worried or concerned about your child staying safe online it can help to find information and support that you can trust. Parents have checked and tested the websites and phone numbers below to make sure they are helpful and easy to use.
As well as the websites and phone numbers below, parents and carers can always get help from Nottingham City Council by calling 0115 8764800. In an emergency always call the police on 999.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) agency
CEOP help young people or parents/carers to report any concerns they may have about something that has happened when they are on-line. If you are worried about something that has happened to your child, or someone you know, you can use this link www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre
Department for Education (DfE)
The DfE have launched ‘Parent Info’ providing a range of advice about caring for children, including advice about on-line safety www.parentinfo.org
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
The NSPCC has also produced advice and information about a number of different issues. For more information visit their website here.
Parent Zone is a company devoted to helping families navigate the challenges of the digital age. They provide a useful free magazine called Digital Parenting www.parentzone.org.uk/
Centre on Media and Child Health
The Centre on Media and Child Health has produced a wide range of advice and information for parents/carers in relation to the impact of media on children’s health and development www.cmch.tv/parents
How to set Parental Controls
For tips and advice on how to use parental controls please click here.
Below is information about specific topics of online safety for young people.
The government have produced a leaflet for parents and carers whose children use social media. Click here to see the leaflet.
A list of apps and specific concerns was published by Nottingham City Countil in Febrauary 2017.
Sexting is when a young person sends sexually explicit material to another person. This could include photographs of themselves or others. This can make them vulnerable and could be a crime.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Research demonstrates that young people can become involved with CSE perpetrators by being contacted through the internet. CSE perpetrators often use images they have copied from other sites to pretend they are young people themselves.
There is a free on-line learning course which has been designed specifically for parents and carers by a national charity called Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) which has a simple registration process. Click here for more information.
Cyber bullying is something that young people have told us they are particularly worried about. A number of websites have good information about this topic:
- Information on the NSPCC is here.
- Information from Internet Matters is here.
- Information from Childline is here.
Leicestershire Police have launched a video to promote better awareness of stranger danger online in the light of the Kayleigh Haywood abduction and murder by two sexual abusers. The video has been shown to pupils in school and is available on the Leicestershire Police Website.
- Related Links
- Centre on Media and Child Health
- Childline – Cyberbullying
- DfE Guidance on online safety
- Digital Parenting
- Government Leaflet for Parents whose Children use Social Media
- Guardian article about Sexting
- Internet Matters – Cyberbullying
- Kayleigh Haywood Video from Leicestershire Police
- NSPCC – Cyberbullying
- NSPCC – Sexting
- Pace – Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation
- Parent Information from CEOP and Parentzone
- Protecting Children’s Privacy
- Safer Internet – How to Set Up Parental Controls