Here at Holy Trinity we take our role of educating our pupils on how to be safe online very seriously!
We are the proud achievers of not one, but two online safety awards recognising our hard work and achievements in this area:
The very prestigious E-safety Mark.
The SCC Internet Safety Award 2015/16.
Our Online Safety Committee:
In our school we have an Online Safety Committee, that our pupils know they can go to if something has upset them online. This way, if they can't find one of us, they will be able to find somebody else on the committee!
Our committee is made up of many stakeholders, including:
Below are some documents and websites that you may find useful when you are also trying to keep your children safe online:
The NSPCC suggests parents and carers are an essential part of the T.E.A.M that helps keep children safe online:
T = Talk about staying safe online
E = Explore their online world together
A = Agree rules about what is ok and what's not
M = Manage your family's settings and controls
NSPCC are suggesting that parents and carers having regular conversations about what their child is doing online is the best way to keep them safe. They have shared three top tips to help parents/carers start the conversation:
1. Explore sites and apps together and talk about any concerns.
2. Ask your child if they know how to stay safe online.
3. Talk about personal information and what to share online.
NSPCC have partnered with O2 and have created a series of weekly emails packed full of useful info, advice and activities to help bring parents and carers closer to their child's online world.
Each week the NSPCC and O2 will email top tips to parents and carers to help them approach a particular topic with useful information to help them have regular conversations together about staying safe online.
Parents/carers can sign up for the 6 part email series here.
Share Aware suggests that parents/carers should consider putting a family agreement in place as a great way to start talking about online safety. Family agreements can help child understand what behaviour is appropriate when they're online and ensure that they'll know who they can turn to if they are ever worried about anything they see or do.
NSPCC have created a helpful agreement template which schools and settings might want to share with their community.
NSPCC has also updated their excellent Net Aware tool, which can be useful to help professionals as well as parents and carers find out more about the social networks, apps and games that children may be using.
The NSPCC and O2 are also providing parents and carers with a free service via a helpline or O2 Gurus in O2 stores. The helpline is available via 0808 8005002 for parents and carers to ask any questions about parental controls, concerns about a social network site or other online safety relating issues.
Parents and carers can also access free online safety advice from O2’s friendly Gurus (even if they are not an O2 customer) in-person at an O2 store. They can help set up parental controls, or teach parents how to make a phone safe for a child. Parents and carers can book a visit with a guru here.
The Click CEOP button The Click CEOP button is an asset of the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. The CEOP Command works to protect children from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation both online and offline. The button has been developed to offer children, young people, parents/carers and professionals working with these groups with a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting known or suspected child sexual exploitation or child sexual abuse directly to CEOP.
Reporting to CEOP:
CEOP operates a 24/7 service for the receipt of reports. Reports can be made to CEOP by a young person or on their behalf by a parent/carer or professional working with these groups. Children under 11 years of age are encouraged to tell an adult that they trust about what has happened and to ask for their help in reporting this either to CEOP or local police. All reports to CEOP are treated as reports of crime and as such anonymous reports cannot be accepted.