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
Surfing Safely is a general guide aimed at proving 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.chatdanger.com – a website that informs about the potential dangers online (including bullying), and advice on how to stay safe while chatting
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