How we are keeping your children safe online
We continuously remind children of the importance of safe and responsible use of the Internet at school - through our PSHE curriculum, the computing curriculum and also during assemblies.
Advice for Parents: Have a concern?
It is important to stay calm and consider the steps below:
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Before doing anything, take a deep breath and try to remain calm. There’s lots of information and advice on this link to help you keep your child safe and access support. Further support if you are concerned about your child.
Talking to your child
Having a calm and open conversation is one way for you and your child to explore what is happening in an honest and supportive way. There’s advice on this link regarding how to help your child and how to start the conversation if you are concerned that they are being abused. Concerned that your child is being abused?
Discuss your concerns with someone you trust, for example a friend, partner or your child’s school. You can also talk to a professional at the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000. Talking about it will help you decide the best action to take to ensure your child is safe. If you are concerned that a child has been, or is being abused, you should report it. You can report directly to CEOP or your local police force. If you think your child is in immediate danger call 999. Report an incident to CEOP.
Seeking support for yourself
Whatever your situation, it is likely that you will need support for yourself, as well as for your child. Talk to a friend or relative who you trust, someone who will listen to you and support you, or call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000. Advice on on how to look after yourself.
Children aged three to seven may like the Adventures of Smartie the Penguin. Discussion of top tips to stay safe online are also crucial for children of this age. Try to make time to access the online storybook with your children and talk about it at home. There are lots of fun activities on the site, deemed suitable for three to seven year olds. Jessie and Friends is a series of three animations that aim to give four to seven year olds the knowledge, skills and confidence to help them respond safely to risks they may encounter online.
Parents and carers can find out how you can keep children safe from abuse and other dangers, both online and in the physical world using the NSPCC website: Preventing Abuse and Keeping Children Safe.
Families may struggle to keep up with the things their children are doing online; they might wonder whether online activities are safe, questioning how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?
The 'Think U Know' website aims to make online parenting simple. Click the logo below for practical tips and simple guidance.
Reporting to CEOP
CEOP is the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre. This is a branch of the Police that help children stay safe online.
If you are worried about online abuse or the way that someone has been communicating online, let CEOP know. You can report your concerns using the link below.
Are you being bullied?
CEOP are unable to respond to reports about bullying but if you're being bullied and would like to talk to someone in confidence right now you can speak to Childline on 0800 1111 or talk to them online - no worry is too big or too small. Please also tell an adult that you trust, like a parent/carer or teacher.
Remember, if you need immediate help, call 999.