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

Online safety at Risedale

COVID-19: Support for parents and carers to keep children safe online

The Government has updated its guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. The measures announced over recent weeks to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), although essential, have disrupted people’s day-to-day lives. As a result of these necessary measures, almost all of us are likely to be spending more time online, including children. This guidance contains resources for parents and carers to help keep their children safe online: Guidance COVID-19: support for parents and carers to keep children safe online.

Online Safety at Risedale:

Our online safety page will help provide information and advice for parents/carers and pupils 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 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 being safe whilst doing so. At Risedale we will continue to educate our pupils on the importance of safety online via their tutors in registration time, through assemblies and IT 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'.

  • Our Online Safety Policy should be read and used in conjunction with other school policies which 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 it's 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 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 James Yates, our Dedicated Safeguarding Lead (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 offer helpful advice about ways to talk to children promoting 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

National Online Safety

​ National Online Safety is a specialist organisation that equips school staff, parents and pupils with the knowledge they need to understand online dangers. They have 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 Safety Online 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 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.

Parents and carers can access a FREE and interactive online workshop by registering here.

Once you have registered, you will be able to access the ‘Online Safety for Parents and Carers’ course and National Online Safety’s Resources (which includes a wide range of online platform guides on the latest social media channels and games). This aims to help empower parents with the knowledge to protect their children from the dangers of the internet. If you have any questions, or trouble accessing the course, please email  support@nationalonlinesafety.com

Click here to view a helpful guide for parents/carers about how to access the Learning Hub: NOS Online Safety Parents User Guide

Staying Safe Online

Staying Safe Online provides government guidance offering advice on parental controls, fact-checking information, communicating with family and friends while social distancing is in place and taking regular breaks.

Think U Know

​​The Think U Know 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. You can find the videos here: Think U Know: delivering online safety at home

Whilst the COVID-19 crisis continues, Think U Know will be releasing new home activity packs every fortnight with simple activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at home. Click on the links below for each activity pack. Every link contains two 15-minute activities to do with your child:

Home activity packs for ages 11-13 | Home activity packs for aged 14+

Parent Info

Parent Info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.

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 being uploaded by anyone. More information from the IWF can be found HERE and the Childline reporting tool, ‘Report Remove’, can be found HERE

Childnet International

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.

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 London Grid for Learning

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

NSPCC

NSPCC

NSPCC Net Aware: Your guide to 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.

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.

Let's Talk About It

Let’s Talk About It provides support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation.

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.

​MyTutor

MyTutor: The parents’ guide to teaching your teen online safety.

CEOP

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.

Pupils: 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

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

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.

Information for parents/carers: www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/parents-carers/online-safety/

Information for children and young people: www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/children-young-people/staying-safe-online/

Digizen

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.

KidSMART

KidSMART: Learn about the internet and being a SMART surfer.

WizCase

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

The Breck Foundation

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"

The Breck Foundation Safety flyer offers invaluable information for young people to stay safe online.

B: Be aware

R: Report it

E: Educate

C: Communicate

K: Keep safe