As your child enters secondary school it is natural that they will start to become more independent and grow into a young adult. As their independence grows in real life it is probable that this will follow on the internet. The internet has grown exponentially since its creation. It is a part of everyday life and an important tool to use and embrace. The internet offers great solutions for everyday problems and is widely used for education, entertainment and social networking. In the classroom it is used to enhance our children’s learning and encourages independence for them to explore and discover new things.
As a teenager it is expected that we explore, experiment and sometimes take risks. The internet has a huge impact on this and your child may use technology to be creative and express themselves. This can be difficult as a parent as many of the things that our children have grown up with may confuse or baffle us and you might feel like you are playing catch up with your children.
We need to make sure that we support our children while using the internet to make sure they are accessing it in a safe, secure and knowledgeable way. So that if anything was to go wrong then they know how to react and resolve the situation.
Please take the time to look through the links below and make sure that your child knows who to contact should an issue arise.
If you have any worries or concerns about the way your child is behaving online please contact one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads and a member of staff will be in touch with you.
Please click here to view our Online Safety and Internet Use Policy
Alternatively our school offers an anonymous reporting service to our school Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Please click the Worry Box below
"Sexting" and Online Safety Parents Guide - CEOP Youtube resources
CLICK HERE for our other Safeguarding "HOT TOPICS"
DfE Advice for Parents on cyberbullying - CLICK HERE
#Ditto Newsletter - CLICK HERE
Vodafone Digital Parenting Guides
CEOP Safety Centre – Advice, Help and Report
CEOP ThinkUKnow – Find out what is good and what is not
Facebook Family safety centre (advice)