New Heights School is committed to promoting the safe and responsible use of the Internet.
Being online is an integral part of children and young people’s lives. Social media, online games, websites and apps can be accessed through mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets – all of which form a part of children and young people’s online world.
The internet and online technology provide new opportunities for young people’s learning and growth, but it can also expose them to new types of risks.
E-safety is an integral part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at school. We also want to help our parents / carers and children improve their own understanding of e-safety issues so they can learn to use the internet and all digital media in a safe and secure way
Please see below for links to advice and guidance from Merseyside Police.
During the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation many parents are working from home including home learning with their children. Many children will increase their online activity time during this period due to being at home more, so it is important that families incorporate time to learn about how to keep safe when going online. It is highly likely that online offending will increase during this time, so it is important that children and young people know how to
learn, socialise and play online in a safe way.
- Merseyside Police – E-Safety Advice & Guidance
- O2 & NSPCC – Online Safety Booklet
It’s important to remember that the legal age to have an account on most social media – Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Snapchat – is 13 years old.
Information, advice and support to keep children safe online
London Grid for Learning
The London Grid for Learning provides a filtered broadband connection, network services, a common learning platform, online content and support communities for all schools across London. It operates as a consortium of 33 local education authorities
A guide for parents to 39 of the most popular sites, apps and games that young people use.
Help and advice for families in a digital world. Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
UK Safer Internet Centre
UK Safer Internet Centre, where you can find online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.
If you would like any further information, including advice on the use of specific websites, such as social media site Facebook please don’t hesitate to ask us.
We also have some top tips on how to prevent cyberbullying online and what to do if you receive any negative or hurtful comments.
These are our top tips:
- Tell a trusted adult. Don’t suffer in silence. You can also report nasty messages online.
- Block the person.
- Don’t retaliate or respond to the messages.
- Screenshot any nasty or abusive messages as evidence.
- Make sure your internet settings are up to date and safe to protect you online from strangers.
- Make sure you think before you post, as once it isn’t online it stays there.
- Don’t post personal information about yourself.
New Heights School has partnered with ‘Safer Schools’.
Children, young people and their families can access up-to-date age-appropriate guidance on staying safe both on and offline.
Please contact the school for further information on how to register for free access.