At By Brook Valley School we take online safety very seriously. It is taught 3x per year through Computing and PSHE. Many children are spending more time than ever online, particularly since lockdown. Whether that is for remote learning, gaming, or for keeping in touch with friends and family, which are all incredibly important for education and wellbeing. As a school community, we appreciate the importance of keeping children safe, especially online. Therefore, with this page I hope to signpost you to support and advice.
Miss Davies (Computing Subject Lead)
The NSPCC suggests that the best way to keep children safe online is to:
- have some understanding of what children are using online and why.
- have honest and open communication about what they are doing online.
- trust each other to use technology sensibly and share any problems or concerns.
- have the technical tools in place to protect them. (Parental control, privacy settings, time settings and password and spending protections)
The NSPCC website
This link provides advice and guidance linking particularly to lockdown. It was updated in January 2021. As a school we work closely with the NSPCC to provide support for the children and training for adults to keep children safe.
This link takes you to another part of the NSPCC website with more general support during the pandemic.
Along with 02, the NSPCC have created a fantastic website that provides key information about the most popular apps, games and sites that children are using. As well as providing the age restrictions of each app, the website shares reviews from children which outline the risks and issues they have found when using it.
These two links take you to parts of the NetAware website that provide advice and guidance specially about lockdown.
This website has sections for children and parents. We use this site in school to help the children learn about the online risks and how to report inappropriate behaviour. As well as advice for adults, there are games and videos for the children.
Childline is valuable website for support for children and young people. The link above is specifically for online safety but there is wealth of information about all kinds of issues on there, including bullying and mental health support. The children have taken part in real and virtual assemblies over the past few years from Childline and the NSPCC. Many of them will know how to use the website and telephone number to contact them if they need to.
Below are some links to various websites with guides on how to set up parental controls on a variety of devices.
Please be aware that you can still contact us at school if you are concerned about online
behaviour. We will always do our best to support you and the children. You can
also report your concerns via these websites: