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Our online safety page provides information and advice for parents/carers and pupils about keeping safe online.

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Online Safety at Risedale

Our online safety page provides information and advice for parents/carers and pupils about keeping safe online. This page is regularly reviewed and updated in line with guidance from North Yorkshire Council and supports 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 safe whilst doing so. At Risedale we will continue to educate our pupils on the importance of safety online via their tutors during registration time, through assemblies, in Computer Science and Social Studies lessons.

The Government's statutory guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education clearly states that

It is essential that children are safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material. An effective whole school and college approach to online safety empowers a school or college to protect and educate pupils, students, and staff in their use of technology and establishes mechanisms to identify, intervene in, and escalate any concerns where appropriate.

Our Online Safety Policy should be read and used with other school policies that safeguard and protect our pupils.

Our school IT network is protected by Impero; a state-of-the-art piece of safeguarding software that helps our school to fulfil its legal duty of care around internet safety and safeguarding.

Working Together

Parents/carers play a crucial role in ensuring that their children understand the importance of using the internet and mobile devices appropriately. 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 of too much 'screen time' on children's and young people's health. 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 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 James Yates or Sarah Cox, our Dedicated Safeguarding Leads (DSL), 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 offering helpful advice about ways to talk to children to promote online safety. These resources will hopefully educate both pupils and parents on how to improve and maintain the safety of their online presence.

National Online Safety (The National College)

The National College is a specialist organisation that provides schools with courses, webinars and resources to ensure compliance and drive up standards. National Online Safety is part of this platform and equips school staff, parents and pupils with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers.

> > Parents and carers can access FREE and interactive online workshops, resources and guides by registering here.

National Online Safety has a fantastic campaign called #WakeUpWednesday which empowers parents/carers and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. Every Wednesday, National Online Safety produces guides to focus on specific platforms/risks which parents should be aware of. We share the #WakeUpWednesday guides on our social media pages and are now working in partnership with National Online Safety and The National College to further protect our pupils online.

We are proud to announce that Risedale has successfully achieved 'Certified School Status' demonstrating our whole school community commitment to safeguarding our young people and keeping them safe online.

ACT (Action Counters Terrorism)

ACT provides support to keep children safe from online radicalisation and extremism.

The Breck Foundation

The Breck Foundation campaigns for a safer internet for all children and young people – whether they are gaming, communicating on social media, using apps or taking part in any other internet-based activity. 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"

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)

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.

If you have experienced online sexual abuse or you're worried this is happening to someone you know, let us know safely and securely: Make a Report


Online and Mobile Safety
Having a mobile phone and going online is great for lots of reasons. But it's important to be aware of the dangers too. Learn how to stay safe online.

Childline offers lots of support for parents/carers and children about online safety such as: Bullying and cyberbullying; Sexting and sending nudes; Online gaming; Taking care of your digital footprint; Mobile phone safety; Online grooming


Childnet 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.

"The things I wish my parents had known"

Guidance for parents/carers on online sexual harassment and keeping children safe online.

The Children’s Commissioner has launched a guide for parents and carers on online sexual harassment and how they can support children to stay safe online.

“The things I wish my parents had known” draws together advice from 16 to 21-year-olds on how parents should manage tricky conversations around sexual harassment and access to inappropriate content, including pornography. You can download your copy HERE.

Internet Matters

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.


The Broadband Parental Controls website page from Go.Compare gives guidance for parents/carers on how to keep your child safe online.

Key points:

  • Broadband parental controls help you protect your children against inappropriate websites
  • They usually come with several features to reduce the risk of children discovering potentially harmful content
  • Monitoring gives you a much clearer picture of what your child has been viewing online
  • Ensure that parental controls are managed appropriately and discuss any important changes to home broadband with your children


Kooth is an online counselling and mental wellbeing service. Children and young people can log on to access self-help materials, mood tracking, goal setting and one-to-one chat sessions with a qualified counsellor when commissioned in their area go to to find out more.

The London Grid for Learning

LGfL (The London Grid for Learning) provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online.

Parent Zone

Parent Zone is an expert in digital family life. They provide support and information to parents, children and schools, working globally to help families.



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

How to support children with SEND with talking to people online.

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

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership offers practical advice for parents/carers and young people about how to stay safe online.

Report ​Remove

REPORT ​REMOVE is a new tool to empower children and young people to stop the spread of nude images online. Once a report has been made the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) can then take steps to remove it from the Internet. Given the recent Ofsted report and research from many other organisations, we know there are many reasons for taking/sharing and equally many barriers to reporting images and videos. It is therefore imperative that young people know that they can take action themselves and that something will be done. Importantly, a young person can even report an image/video that hasn't been uploaded and shared. The IWF will assign a 'hash' (a digital fingerprint) to prevent the image from being uploaded by anyone. More information from the IWF can be found HERE and the Childline reporting tool, ‘Report Remove’, can be found HERE

Safety Detectives

This guide features what children do online, the threat of online strangers and how to ensure a healthy balance between Internet use, your children’s online privacy, digital security, and more on online safety to mention.


If you're in crisis text SHOUT to 85258 for free, confidential mental health support, 24/7 or go to the Shout website for more information.

StaySafe Teens

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

UK Safer Internet Centre

UK Safer Internet Centre: provides tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services.


WizCase: 'The Ultimate Guide to Safe Online Browsing'.