Online safety is an all-important aspect of both our own and our children’s lives. The online world provides an endless array of opportunities and possibilities for us to connect, explore, share and learn and the way that children and adults use this is ever-changing.
At Brackenfield we take the education of our pupils in matters of online safety very seriously. Lessons in ICT, PCSHE and right across the curriculum include discussions about various aspects of online safety, and provide the pupils with a safe environment in which to air their thoughts and concerns.
At the very core of our message is how to identify when things are unsafe and where to go if they find themselves in a situation they are uncomfortable with.
Please see below a number of useful sites to help you navigate this subject.
Concerns as a parent
Before doing anything, take a deep breath and remain calm. There's lots of information and advice on the ThinkUKnow site to keep your child safe and access support.
Having a calm and open conversation is one way for you and your child to explore what is happening in an honest and supportive way.
Discuss your concerns with someone you trust, for example a friend, partner or the school.
You can also talk to a professional at the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
Talking about it will help decide the best action to take to ensure your child is safe.
To make a report
If you are concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online you can contact CEOP.
If you stumble across criminal sexual or obscene content on the internet you should report it to the Internet Watch Foundation.
You can also report directly to your local police force or if you think your child is in immediate danger call 999.