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We have CEOP Ambassadors in school, who can support staff, parents and children.
We hold parent CEOP / online safety workshops every year.

If you have any question or concerns, then please contact the school office on 01384 818220 and ask to speak to a DLS or CEOP Ambassador.

Online Safety Resources

Online Safety Guidance for Parents:

Online spaces, games and media form a large part of life for young people growing up today. It offers a platform to connect with others, connect with others and to learn.

Risks
Of course, there are risks associated with being online, as there are with all aspects of life. These include:
Exposure to inappropriate content
Sharing too much personal information
Connecting with harmful people and
Spending unhealthy amounts of time online.

Have a conversation
One of the best ways to help young people stay safe online is to talk to them about what they do. If you understand the situations they encounter, then you will be better placed to offer them advice on how to deal with them.

Instant Messaging
Instant Messaging is a great way to socialise and keep up to date with what is going on right now. But just as you would not let them go off and talk to complete strangers on the street, if your child is using messenger services you should:

Look at the privacy settings
Ensure they understand that they may be talking to people they do not know and the risks this brings
Talk to them about what is and is not appropriate to send.

Apps
Apps can be a positive place for your child to socialise with peers. Many enable instant messaging, social networking and image sharing. Some, like YouTube, can also be a great creative outlet. But consider:
Privacy settings and age relevance
Talking to them about the content they share
Discussing the consequences of sharing messages and images.

Gaming
Gaming is fun but be aware that it can be all consuming. Some things to consider:
Use the gaming consoles’ safety settings
Agree with your child how much time they can spend playing online
Pay attention to the PEGI (age) ratings and what they mean
Remember that some online games have inbuilt chat functions
Be aware that your child might use servers or 3rd party applications to access interactive online communities.

Live Streaming
Broadcasting online brings an instant thrill that can be addictive. Encourage them to think about:

Body image – talk to them about how they want to be perceived online and who their audience might be

Privacy – how do they protect it? You cannot edit something that is going out ‘live’

Age appropriate – is the site they are using appropriate for them? Most social media sites are aimed at 13-year olds and upwards. If not, is there a way to make it safer for them (e.g. YouTube Kids).

Bullying
Remember, it is not the technology that is the problem, it is the bullies’ behaviour. Support them by:
Talking about bullying issues
Making sure young people know that they can turn to you for support
Reporting any incidents – it will help your child and others too.