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Online Safety

It can sometimes feel overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to keeping our children safe online. With the advances in technology and the sheer volume of content, images and live-streaming that our children can access with just a simple click.

A useful way to think about where to start is by monitoring the ratings of games and Apps in the same way you would monitor a film, Xbox or PS4 game.  The rules are the same.  Having open conversations with your children, implement rules that you feel comfortable with.  Ensure your children know that they can share anything that causes them upset or worry.

As a school, it is of the greatest importance that our pupils are safe online. Cloughwood Academy is a certified school for National Online Safety:

National Online Safety – Certified School 2022

Below we have put together some useful links to support you with online safety at home:

NSPCC Keeping children safe online

Guide to Facebook

Guide to WhatsApp

Guide to Youtube

Top 10 tips for respect online

Students Top Tips
  • Always ask a grown up before you use the internet. They can help you find the best thing to do.
  • Don’t tell strangers where you live, your phone number or where you go to school. Only your friends and family need to know that.
  • Don’t send pictures to people you don’t know. You don’t want strangers looking at photos of you, your friends or your family.
  • Tell a grown up if you feel scared or unhappy about anything.
  • Remember! People you have only talked to on the internet are strangers, even though they may sometimes feel like friends. You should never arrange to meet with someone you have met on the internet without checking with your parents first as it could be dangerous.
  • Sometimes people can use the internet and mobile phones to bully people and make them feel bad. This can be very difficult to deal with as it can feel like you can’t get away from it. If people are saying things that worry you or make you feel upset, tell an adult you trust. They will know what to do and how to get help. The Childline website also contains helpful information about cyberbullying and ways to help stop it.