Grindleford Primary School is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all pupils which is reflected in our policies, management and care for all members of the school community. However, as with all educational establishments in the UK, we are concerned about the influences and dangers that technology can bring to young people, often without parental knowledge. As part of our computing and PSHE provision we deliver strong messages of respect, good behaviour and appropriate communication whilst working or playing online, and encourage them to stay alert of any opportunities that others may take to influence them.
As knowledge of the rapidly changing face of technologies is not something that all can keep up with, we have presented some information here that is aimed to help parents in certain areas should they need specific guidance.
The internet isn’t a thing, it’s a place and it can be a very dangerous and scary place for young people to visit. Having no parental control of your child’s access to the internet is like your child going to a distant city or foreign country without your permission. You may think your child is safe upstairs in their bedroom but who are they talking to, what are they seeing, experiencing, what advice are they being given, are they being blackmailed or being sexually exploited?
There are several pages concerning the main groups affecting young people, and we aim to update this should any new issues arise. Use these links here, or use the menu bar above to access these specific pages.
- Steps to help protect your child online
- Online Gaming
- Social Networking and Popular Apps
CEOP is a command of the National Crime Agency and is dedicated to tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people. CEOP helps children and young people under the age of 18 who have been forced or manipulated into taking part, or are being pressured to take part, in sexual activity of any kind. This can be both online and offline. The CEOP Safety Centre offers information and advice for children and young people, parents and carers and professionals. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button.
Online bullying or other online concerns should not be reported to CEOP and children and young people should be directed to speak to an adult they trust, and/or referred to Childline, if they would like to speak to someone about how they are feeling.
Surfing Safely is a general guide aimed at providing parents with practical advice about staying safe as a family that covers a very wide range of topics. Click on the cover image to download:
A Parent’s Guide to Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats goes into detail about various aspects of this concerning issue, you can download this by clicking on the cover image below:
This document is published by the Department of Education and is specifically written for parents about cyberbullying:
www.thinkuknow.co.uk – UK online safety site of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre with lots of information and activities
ShareAware – a terrific resource from the NSPCC, who come into school regularly to work with our children on staying safe.
www.net-aware.org.uk – information about apps, sites and games that children come into contact with from Minecraft to Facebook
www.getsafeonline.org – UK site providing practical advice on how to protect yourself, your computers and mobiles device and your business against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems encountered online.
www.childnet.com – a range of resources for primary and secondary schools, for children and young people, for teachers and for parents
www.netsmartz.org – an American online safety site with activities for children, young people, parents/carers and professionals
www.wiredsafety.org – an American internet safety site with lots of information and activities