Online (Internet) Safety
At Hollydale we are committed to developing an understanding of E-safety for both children and parents and carers. This covers both Internet based technologies and electronic devices such as mobile phones and wireless technology. We are keen to make children aware of both the benefits and risks of new technology.
Hollydale achieves this by ensuring that:
- Pupils are supervised appropriately when they use the Internet.
- Pupils are given clear objectives for Internet use.
- Pupils are provided with lists of relevant and suitable web sites.
- Pupils are aware of their responsibilities.
- Curriculum planning identifies opportunities to enrich and extend learning activities viaaccess to the Internet
- Internet access is purchased through London Grid For Learning (LGFL), which provides a firewall that filters out inappropriate sites
- We work with the LGFL to ensure systems to protect pupils are regularly reviewed and improved.
It is important that parents and carers speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online. It’s essential to be realistic. Banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.
Social Networks Safeguarding Guidelines for parents
NSPCC’s Net Aware provides guidance to parents on social networking sites, apps and games which children use and how to keep their children safe in today’s digital world. It can be accessed via https://www.net-aware.org.uk/. Given that many such new sites constantly appear, this website can be quite useful to stay up to date and keep children safe.
The internet has changed all of our lives, particularly our children. For parents and carers this opens up a whole new world of things to be aware of. For many of us, this can all be a bit too much.
You might be struggling to keep up with the things your child is doing online, you might wonder whether what they are doing is safe, and you might also be thinking how can I be as good a parent online as I am offline?
The ThinkuKnow website is really helpful and aims to make online parenting simple and offers many practical tips and simple guidance.
Concerned about online grooming?
Make a Report!
Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with your child online? Are you concerned about online grooming or sexual behaviour online? If the answer is YES, Make a report to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors. For more information regarding online safety, visit the CEOPS website. Please click on the image below.
If you have any concerns or would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to speak to us. You can find out more about how children use social media, the apps they use, the risks they face, how to use privacy settings, and advice and tips about how to talk to your children at: