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Online Safety

Our online safety page will help provide information and advice for parents/carers and students about keeping safe online. This page is regularly reviewed and updated in line with Online Safety Guidance for Schools and Settings in North Yorkshire September 2018 and support the Government's vision for improving online safety.

As technology plays a bigger part in our lives than ever before, access to uncontrolled internet content is forever on the increase and it is becoming even more important that we keep children safe from online threats by promoting E-Safety. We need to ensure that we are all aware of the potential risks involved when using the internet and are being safe whilst doing so. At Risedale we will continue to educate our students on the importance of safety online via their tutors in registration time, through college assemblies and ICT lessons.

The Government's statutory guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education clearly states that, 'The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues. Technology often provides the platform that facilitates harm. An effective approach to online safety empowers a school to protect and educate the whole school in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify intervene and escalate any incident where appropriate'.

  • ImperoOur Online Safety Policy should be read and used in conjunction with other school policies which safeguard and protect our students.
  • Our school IT network is protected by Impero; a state-of-the-art piece of safeguarding software that helps our school to fulfil it's legal duty of care around internet safety and safeguarding.
  • Within 'The Risedale Way' students/staff/parents/carers can find a copy of our Mobile Phone Policy which clearly explains how, when and where mobile phones can used appropriately around the college site.

Working Together

Parents/carers play a crucial role in ensuring that their children understand the importance of using the internet and mobile devices in an appropriate way. Research shows that many parents do not fully understand the issues surrounding online safety and are often less experienced in the use of IT than their children. Staff at Risedale are available to help and support all parents so they are better equipped to understand these issues and are encouraged to contact the school directly if they have any concerns. Parents should be aware of the negative effects that too much 'screen-time' can have on the health of children and young people. Overuse of E-Technology can reduce the amount of time children are physically active, lessen the amount of sleep they are getting and could impact on their eyesight. A number of parental control systems and apps are available that can limit screen-time for children successfully.

If you require any further information on how to support your child with online safety please contact Vice Principal Helen Whitehead for safeguarding advice or our IT Support Team for any technical help you may need, both via our reception on 01748 833501.

The following website links provide supportive information for parents/carers enabling them to protect their children online by setting up parental controls and offer helpful advice about ways to talk to children promoting online safety. These resources will hopefully educate both students and parents on how to improve and maintain the safety of their online presence.

​Useful links for students, parents/carers regarding online safety and E-Technology:

The Breck Foundation: This charitable organisation offers resources for parents to help protect their children from online grooming allowing young people to enjoy playing online but crucially to be aware of some simple rules to stay safe. Always remember that the friends that are made online are not like your real friends. "Play virtual / live real"


B: Be aware

R: Report it

E: Educate

C: Communicate

K: Keep safe


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Internet Matters gives children a safe space to explore their curiosity online. This organisation offers step by step guides that will help parents/carers to set up the right controls and privacy settings on networks, gadgets, apps, and sites to give children a safer online experience.

Click here to view 'Minimum age on popular social platforms': Each link will take you to the age reference page of a specific social networking platform.

Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to “help make the Internet a great and safe place for children”. Their Parents and Carers Toolkit is an excellent resource that offers practical tips and advice on different aspects of keeping your child safe online. They can help support parents and carers of any age child to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support.

NSPCC Share Aware: Helps children stay safe on social networks, apps and games.

NSPCC Online Safety: Provides helpful advice and tools that parent/carers can use to help keep their child safe whenever and wherever they go online

Sexting: How to talk to children about the risks of sexting - and what you can do to protect them.

MyTutor: The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety
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CEOP's mission is to tackle the exploitation of children wherever it occurs through working with others to bring the best from everyone to protect children from abuse.

Students: Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online? Make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors.


StaySafe Teens provides the resources necessary for both parents and their teens to safely utilise the internet.

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​​UK Safer Internet Centre: A website where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online. In particular this website offers very specific advice, films and signposting to ensure parents/carers have the information about how to set up parental controls on a range of devices and their home internet.

​The Thinkuknow website provides helpful advice and tools that parent/carers can use to help keep their child safe online. They have downloadable guides for parents on various social media sites like: Instagram, Whatsapp, Youtube etc. They also have some useful films for parents to watch about the risks online and four specific films about sexting / 'self nudies' and how to talk to their children about this issue and what to do if this happens.

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board offers practical advice for parents/carers about how they can support their children to stay safe online.


The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS. It shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying and how these relate to and affect their own and other people's online experiences and behaviours.

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WizCase Logo.pngWizCase: The Ultimate Guide to Safe Online Browsing.