Online Safety Awareness

The internet and other digital and information technologies are powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. Electronic communication helps teachers and students learn from each other. These technologies can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and increase awareness of context to promote effective learning. Students with internet access are more confident and have been shown to produce better-researched, more effective and well presented projects. Used effectively these exciting and innovative tools have been shown to raise educational standards and promote student achievement.

However, the use of these new technologies can put young people at risk within and outside the school. As with all other risks, it is impossible to eliminate those risks completely. It is therefore essential, through good educational provision to build students' resilience to the risks to which they may be exposed, so that they have the confidence and skills to face and deal with these risks. At Kings we provided the necessary safeguards to help ensure that everything that could reasonably be expected of us to manage and reduce these risks is being done.

The following links are an invaluable source of advice and guidance for parents, carers and students. Although much of the information, advice and guidance is similar on each site, the presentations are different.

We would encourage you to investigate each of the sites with your child and follow the links for both parents and young people.

  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) - The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is dedicated to eradicating the sexual abuse of children. They are part of UK policing and very much about tracking and bringing offenders to account either directly or in partnership with local and international forces.

  • Childnet - Childnet International's mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.

  • Parents Protect - Internet Safety - Parents Protect is a charity organisation run through the STOP IT NOW campaign which aims to bring about an end to child abuse. It offers guidance to parents on a range of issues including internet safety, sexting, grooming and cyberbullying.

  • Online Safety for Schools | SWGfL - SWGfL are a not for profit charity ensuring everyone can benefit from technology free from harm. Forming 1/3 of the UK Safer Internet Centre, our experts advise schools, public bodies and industry on appropriate actions to take in regards to safeguarding and advancing positive online safety policies.

  • Homepage - UK Safer Internet Centre - UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading organisations: Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation and SWGfL, with one mission – to make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people. They offer lots of advice and guidance for both young people and parents around issues such as sexting, cyberbullying, gaming and provide a reporting tool and helpline.

  • The following are advice and guidance posters for parents, published by the National Online Safety Organisation who work in the field of online and e-safety. They are designed to be an overview, for parents, of particular apps that young people can have access to, and give guidance on what the apps do, who they are for (age ranges etc), and how concerns or problems can be reported.

    Online Safety Tips for Children (PDF document) Download - Online Safety Tips for Children

    Tik Tok (PDF document) Download - Tik Tok Information

    Hoop (PDF document) Download - Hoop Information

    What Is Online Bullying (PDF document) Download - What Is Online Bullying

    SnapChat Information (PDF document) Download - SnapChat Information

    How To Be Kind Online (PDF document) Download - How To Be Kind Online