Online Safety

Internet Safety 

At Stratford School Academy we take the issue of internet safety very seriously and on this page you will find information that will help to support you as parents/carers.

The internet offers instant access to useful information, acts as a communication tool for interaction with friends and family and is helpful for exploring and researching the wider world.

Internet safety has, however, become paramount. The internet poses a threat to a child’s safety. We work with pupils in school to help them understand the associated risks and to learn how to keep themselves safe and protected online.

Useful Guidance

  • Remind your child that the internet is not a private space. Any information that your child puts online can be shared with anyone and may be used in a harmful way.
  • Keep communication open. Let your child know that it’s never too late to tell if something or someone is making them uncomfortable.
  • Advise your child to only open emails from people they know. Files may contain inappropriate images, content or viruses.

 

Thinkuknow

Thinkuknow is a highly recommended website which provides parents and carers with advice including the latest safety information. This is an education initiative by CEOP-the UK’s national law enforcement agency that focuses on tackling sexual abuse of children.

CEOP Checklist:a checklist for ways to ensure that you stay safe online

 

NSPCC Share Aware Campaign 

Launched in January 2015, this campaign aims to raise awareness of how to help your child stay safe on social networks, apps and games. They have a useful guide to the social networks young people are using on their website: www.net-aware.org.uk

 

Cyberbullying

Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying

 

Get Safe Online

A UK based website offering factual, informative advice and guidance on online safety

 

February 10th 2017: Please see below, relating to an app, MyLOL after concerns raised that it’s not safe for pupils to use after impostors were found using the app.

Our advice would be to delete the app and block the website, below is the logo to look out for.

It invites users to meet ‘thousands of teenagers like you’ and then goes on to describe how users can ‘chat with members or privately with someone.’

Teenagers are encouraged to update a profile and share pictures.

A spokesman for NSPCC said: “Any app that allows strangers to send photos to children or vice versa is troubling – particularly where the images being exchanged are of a sexual nature.”